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CIA's big data plans lead it to the Amazon cloud

CIA chief technology officer Gus Hunt told a tech industry audience March 20 that the agency had a nearly limitless demand for big data surrounding its intelligence targets.

Hunt’s remarks might help explain the impetus behind news broken by Federal Computer Week two days earlier that CIA had cut a $600 million deal with Amazon Web Services to build a private cloud infrastructure to help manage its big data demands.

"Since you can't connect dots you don't have … we fundamentally try to collect everything and hang on to it forever,” Hunt told a GigaOm conference audience, according to a Huff Post Tech report.

The CIA has made no secret of its aim to become a more data-driven organization, a goal Hunt has been citing for several years.  “We are going to have to get analytics and visualization [tools] that are so dead-simple easy to use, anybody can take advantage of them, anybody can use them,” he said at a recent conference.

Posted by Paul McCloskey on Mar 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM


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