19 Oct 2010
As anyone who works in the Intel community knows, we are drowning in a sea of data. Is too much of a good thing bad? Yes. But the key is having the right tools — and not necessarily more personnel — for synthesizing the data and making it actionable and timely. Defense News came out with a story yesterday that addresses this topic and we have pulled out key soundbites from Intel leaders and other insights (as well as real solutions) for your reading pleasure. Happy Tuesday.
The recent C4ISR Journal Conference served as the ideal venue for Intel leaders to discuss the challenges of too much information. Here’s what Maj. Gen. James Poss, the Air Force’s assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance had to say at this event: “We’re not going to manpower our way out of this.”
Brig. Gen. Vincent Stewart, U.S. Marine Corps director of intelligence had this to say: “It is no longer looking for a needle in a haystack, but now it’s a needle in a stack of needles.” According to the Defense News article, he said that Marine analysts spend roughly 80 percent of their time re searching, and only 20 percent of the time actually thinking about what that research means. Analysts need more time thinking and less time sifting, he said.
So how do we handle this problem?
According to the article, a new competitive program for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to address the problem. “The Insight program addresses a key shortfall in current Intelligence,
Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems: the lack of a capability for automatic exploitation and cross cueing of multi-intelligence sources,” reads a September 20 announcement on FedBizOps, the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. DARPA is looking for companies interested in developing “a next generation ISR Exploitation & Resource Management (E&RM) System.”
In addition, according to a recent got geoint? guest post from Marv Gordner of MorganFranklin called “Healing the Achilles’ Heel – Getting Intelligence Data to the Warfighter in a Timely Manner,” there are solutions:
“Some of these innovations include logic algorithms that overcome the human challenge of situational understanding by using dynamic planner tools to expedite combat and interagency decisions. Other solutions include enterprise Web-based portals for collecting, analyzing, and ultimately converting vast amounts of raw intelligence and open source data into actionable intelligence.
In addition, the U.S. Army has moved toward expanding its intelligence databases by adding regional analysis capabilities. Data will essentially be stored in distributed data warehouses that allow analysts to access and share actionable intelligence to support forces in theater.”
Surely this will be a major topic of discussion at GEOINT 2010. The got geoint? staff will be on hand to cover this issue. So stay tuned. And please feel free to share your thoughts and insights.
Tags: Data Overload, Data overload and the intelligence community, Data sharing, GEOINT 2010, got geoint?, Marv Gordner and MorganFranklin, MorganFranklin, Too Much Information, UAVs, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, USGIF