“Employing modern statistical inference tools can provide the U.S. Navy a bridge to improved searching and tracking for people, planes and ships across land and sea. The ability of the tools to incorporate even spotty intelligence data to help locate individuals elevates the Navy’s command and control posture and ultimately aids in protecting the United States from security threats.

For help in this area, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has turned to Reston, Virginia-based Metron Scientific Solutions as well as other contractors. In the undersea warfare community for 30 years, Metron has developed a search methodology for finding missing ships, aircraft or people at sea—as well as tools to track people of interest using intelligence data.”