Future warfighters may be able to query collaborative software about available intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors and then task a particular system to provide updated information.
A U.S. Army soldier provides security during a mission in Farah City, Afghanistan. Researchers in the United States and United Kingdom have identified gaps between ISR data provided by technology and the ability of individual soldiers to use that data in a battlefield environment.

Siri, Uncle SAM Needs You

April 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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Researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom aim to identify inconsistencies between the data provided by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies and the understanding of that data by combat soldiers or other emergency personnel.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V launches a National Reconnaissance Office payload into orbit last year. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is seeking to mine new intelligence technologies in government and the private sector by creating an overarching partnership among all elements of the intelligence community.

Intelligence Community Strives for Common Research Efforts

April 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence is matching the technology needs of the intelligence community to the capabilities of the private sector with the goal of speeding innovation to the user community as well as introducing community specialists to new technologies.

Kurt Reuther, acting DHS principal deputy undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, speaks during the Homeland Security Conference and Expo. Photo by Mike Carpenter

Social Media and Big Data to Aid in Intel Collection to Keep Nation Safe

March 11, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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Look out social media aficionados—the FBI could be watching your every post. Well, maybe not every one, and maybe not of everyone. But as social media has become a recruitment tool for terrorists, the popular public platforms have become a new hub for law enforcement as they ramp use of automation technology to scour for actionable intelligence.