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Evans & Chambers Technology Hosts Tradecraft Thursday: Accelerating Open-Source Intelligence Through Big Data and Cloud

by Ashley McBride May 9th, 2018 Uncategorized

In April, EC continued its monthly series of Tradecraft Thursday talks this time hosted by Mr. Joshua Ortiz, Director of Quality Management. Joshua’s topic, “Accelerating Open-Source Intelligence Through Big Data and Cloud” focused on how big data tools are enabling analysts to triage extremely large amounts of information efficiently in order to provide timely recommendations to our nation’s leaders. He was excited to inform the audience that EC is actually unique because it provides these solutions from end to end. The EC engineering team develops software and utilizes tools to capture and present data, while our analysts use the triaged information to build intelligence products.

Joshua provided an example of how entity extraction is helping to deal with triaging data. Years before, to correlate the terms ‘terrorist’ and ‘building’ over even one gigabyte of text data, it might take a team of analysts months to complete. Today, this task can be done in moments. These tools return time to the analyst and the mission. Joshua ended the briefing with a demonstration of image recognition software which demonstrated how big data tools can scan and identify facial images in moments, again allowing the analysts to consider exponentially more data when building out products that will be used for critical national security decisions.

Tradecraft Thursday is a series of employee-led internal monthly talks dedicated to EC’s core value of continual learning. These talks aim to cover a broad range of professional topics to promote best practices and a shared understanding of common problem sets within our customer spaces. Stay tuned for the next Tradecraft Thursday recap!