Intelligence enterprise IT speeds analysis

Intelligence enterprise IT speeds analysis

The intelligence community’s new IT Enterprise (IC ITE) architecture aims to break down barriers for members of the community -- which numbers 16 agencies -- so they can share data more efficiently and augment their analysis. 

The IC ITE reduces the time analysts spend hunting for data, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s   Beth Flanagan said at an April 26 breakfast hosted by Defense One. The architecture will, in a sense, allow data to find itself, she said. “It doesn’t take humans out of the loop, but it actually makes it easier for them to look at and interrogate” the data, serving up conclusions faster and easier.

Going forward, the integrated data will be viewed as an asset for the whole intelligence community. Big data analytics will supplement analysts’ abilities by allowing them to ask better questions than they could have across stovepiped systems.  “That’s the value of being able to integrate data,” said Flanagan, the IC ITE mission lead.  IC ITE will be democratizing data that’s put in a cloud environment allowing analysts, with the right access, to view it.

IC ITE “creates a platform for high integrated collaboration that we’ve not had before,” National Security Agency Deputy CIO Sally Holcomb said at the same event.  “If you get the right data in there, it allows conclusions to be drawn by that marrying up that data at the metadata level.”

However, moving to new systems and new ways of doing business can be problematic. Agencies should take an incremental approach when familiarizing staff with new systems and architectures, Holcomb said.  

About the Author

Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.


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