On 17 June 2005, C4ISR Journal reported:

With its ability to track moving targets around the globe — even backward in time — the $34 billion Space Radar, formerly called Space Based Radar, is one program U.S. Air Force Space Command is determined to save from the budget-cutting knife…

The command is using a relatively new term for the kind of information the radar can provide: moving intelligence, or MOVINT, the ability to track moving things on land and sea…

If the radar lives up to the service’s hopes, military planners and operators will be able to track things instantly — and more. Because the information collected by the sensors is archived, a moving target can be tracked “backward in time,” helping to reveal more about what’s likely to happen next…

“Birth-to-death tracking” was one of the leading desired attributes for the radar system from the beginning, according to a September 2000 report, “Discoverer II, Space Based Radar Concept,” from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The radar’s high resolution, ability to see through all kinds of weather, and provide and record MOVINT will give military planners a level of awareness they could only dream of before, said Loren Thompson, a space and defense analyst for the Lexington Institute, Arlington, Va.

“They can use the MOVINT to look for tendencies, to track and to predict,” Thompson said. (more)

Source: Micheal Fabey, "U.S. Air Force: space radar to provide ‘MOVINT’," C4ISR Journal (17 June 2005).

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