INTRODUCTION A major goal of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is to extend the performance of current Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) technology to enable the development of systems that can be useful in real world battlefield conditions. To be of practical use in battlefield conditions, an ATR system must be both reliable and accurate to achieve lethality while reducing risk of collateral damage. In particular, there is a need for high level discrimination so that similar targets can be distinguished to avoid fratricide. Further, an effective ATR system must be operational over a wide range of engagement approaches, weather, thermal, lighting, and terrain conditions and must be capable of performing well even when target sensor data is significantly degraded due to poor visibility, or occlusion, and should be resistant to highly cluttered environments. The required ATR system performance must be achieved within the power, speed, size and cost constraints dictated by rea
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