Deja vu — couldn’t handle it in the 1980’s and 1990’s either….and those were baby loads.
by Mike Hoffman
Defense Tech, February 20, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Data scientists are the most in demand job for the military, according to Reggie Brothers, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Research.
The military has a problem with “big data” — the problem being that it collects too much of it. The infatuation with unmanned vehicles and the sensors mounted onto them has spurred a wave of data collected on the battlefield.
Using that data has caused military leaders headaches. Brothers said here at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Winter Symposium on Wednesday that the Army and the other services have placed their focus on PED, or processing, exploitation, and dissemination.
He used the ARGUS-IS as an example of the major advances being made in the world of intelligence sensors. The ARGUS-IS can stream up to a million terabytes of data and record 5,000 hours of high definition footage per day. It can do this with the 1.8 gigapixel camera and 368 different sensors all housed in the ARGUS-IS sensor that can fly on an MQ-9 Reaper.
Phi Beta Iota: Neither the US secret intelligence nor the Pentagon have ever been serious about processing. The fact is that the Pentagon has no business collecting all of this information it cannot process, and it is also so screwed up at so many levels it refuses to consider the obvious:
a) Pilots are cheaper than bandwidth and have better situational awareness.
b) College graduates in India, $5 a day each, could be applying human intelligence in real time to all video feeds (so 150 minds to cover 50 channels of Gordon Stare, one of the stupidest things the USAF ever funded), but some fool somewhere at the very highest levels lacks the intelligence with integrity to make a simple decision: do not collect what we cannot process; or put multinational eyeballs on it.
This is all so pathetic. The Pentagon does not make ethical evidence-based decisions. Neither USDI nor DIA have the capacity to actually create intelligence (decision-support) with integrity (holistic analytics). They are simply another pork channel, and like pork that has been festering for too long, totally rancid. The lack of leaders with integrity across the Pentagon is the single biggest problem facing the next Secretary of Defense.