Data and Intelligence
Government Computer News has a couple of telling stories going. Both involve government collaboration with private vendors to develop new ways of using personal information and intelligence.
One story is about All-Source Intelligence Environment, known also as Alien. The Defense Intelligence Agency team behind the project is relying on data analysis tools from Autonomy and Endeca Technologies. It's not clear how big the contract is. But the potential outcome is meaningful -- if you're interested in security, privacy and the war on terror, that is.
"The ultimate benefit of the Alien framework," program manager Ralph Liberati says in the story, "is that it will allow intelligence analysts to 'parse through millions of different intelligence reports to find ones that are relevant and meaningful for the questions they want to answer: the who, what, when and how' related to topics of national security interest."
"You could search on the name of a town [for example], and get all the messages or information related to that town and find relationships you didn't know existed," Liberati is quoted as saying in the story.
The other story describes how the US Visit program -- which is working on a troubled, multibillion effort to collect information about the comings and going of visitors to the U.S. -- collaborated with the U.S. Coast Guard on a system to identify sea-going immigrants trying to get into the country. The "biometrics-at-sea" program relies on the use of cameras and fingerprint readers developed by a contractor called Identix.
The collaboration between the government and the private sector on intelligence, data collection and homeland security is a very big deal. It has been dubbed the security-industrial complex. More on this before long.
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