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Fully Automated Intelligence Analysis Support
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
The TANGRAM program, managed by the US Air Force
Research Lab at Rome is developing a fully automated intelligence
analysis support system to continuously process intelligence
information from classified and unclassified sources, rapidly
detecting suspected terrorist activities. To date, many of the
intelligence analysis programs have focused on systems, tools and
algorithms to suspected activities and events of interest. They
relied on prior knowledge about known terrorists, groups,
affiliations and activities, to tracking terrorist suspects and
detecting their threat event intentions. Current analysis methods
are searching large data banks for patterns of terrorist behaviors.
Current procedures are effective, yet despite recent improvements,
the total production time for a single answer is currently measured
in days and weeks. To have any demonstrable improvement in the
intelligence process we need to provide answers in hours or minutes.
The Tangram program will address fundamental challenges limiting
current technology. The new processes will be x100 times more
productive and x100 times faster discovering threat entities,
delivering high quality intelligence and improve the probability of
detection of low observable threats and events, where "guilt by
association" assumptions may not apply.
However, to achieve their potential, we must develop the processes,
procedures and standards to deploy a fully automated, analytic
system capable of processing tens of thousands of simultaneous
analytic inquiries in an efficient and scalable manner.