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Open Source Goes Multi-Int

The unrest that swept the Middle East in the Arab Spring of 2011 not only caught the U.S. national security community by surprise, but also brought home in a dramatic way to intelligence analysts that they needed to expand their traditional sources of information by incorporating social media and other open source material into the overall intelligence picture.

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Predictive Geo-Analytics

Predictive analytics has emerged as an important capability for geospatial intelligence analysts. Scrutinizing events to uncover patterns related to a location makes it possible to anticipate where similar events are most likely to occur in the future, directing analysts, law enforcers and warfighters to focus on those areas.

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No Data is an Island

The military, government and other organizations are only starting to realize the full impact of big data analysis, according to Bill Franks, a prominent big data advocate who currently serves as chief analytics officer for Teradata.

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Processing the Flood of Data

The job of the intelligence analyst has become tougher over the last few years. They have been bombarded by a growing deluge of data from an exploding constellation of sensors. They are often trying to anticipate unknown actions of an unknown adversary from a series of observations that are not necessarily neatly organized according to time and place.

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More Meaning from Every Pixel

While the Hadoop open source distributed file system is becoming an increasingly important tool for crunching big data for intelligence analysis, it is not inherently well equipped to handle geospatial data. As a result, companies in the field are moving on several fronts to develop and market environments, appliances and tools specifically designed to handle problems of geospatial intelligence within Hadoop.

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Big Data Bolsters Cyber-Defense

New data types and new big data analytics are the path forward for network defenders who are having to deal with an always-changing cyber-adversary, a major survey of IT and IT security 
professionals indicates. The results of the survey, conducted by the Ponemon Institute for Teradata, offer empirical evidence that big data analytics plus conventional security technologies translate to a better cybersecurity posture.

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Enlarging Big Data

While organizations struggle with the heavy demands of acquiring, storing and analyzing big data, the real challenge may be in making sure that their data is big enough.

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Citadel For Cyber-Defense

A Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) program named for an ancient fortress is using big data analytics to develop and strengthen protections for the place where the most important treasures are stored in the modern world—the cyber-realm.

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The Skies Have Eyes

In the battlespace, situational awareness is key, and certain ISR platforms are preferable to others given the landscape and nature of each mission. Persistent surveillance is a special kind of mission, and not all ISR platforms are up to the task.

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Structuring Data

Like a peacekeeping unit trying to constrain irregular forces that are all that much more difficult to control because they fail to fall within the conventional military categories of organization and command, the military and intelligence communities are struggling to get a handle on the unstructured data that is coming at them from a bewildering variety of sources.

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