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Words and Action: How Text Analysis is Transforming the War on Terror – Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin

An Automated Alternative to Manual Processes At the time of the June 2003 directive from the CIA, a Cambridge, Massachusetts based company named Basis Technology was already developing an automated technology solution, now called Highlight, which is enhancing manual, text-authentication practices. Basis Technology started out in 1995 as a commercial services firm, focusing on helping […]

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How Spies May One Day Predict the Future – The Wall Street Journal

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, a little-known U.S. government organization, is developing analytic programs for the National Security Agency that could make recent revelations about the NSA’s activities look antiquated by comparison. Rather than reviewing archival data, it may use current data to predict the future. IARPA is modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, […]

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Venture Capitalism for Spy Games – Fortune Magazine

In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s investment arm, partners with Silicon Valley to bring terrorism-fighting tech to market. In a nondescript high-rise three miles outside Washington, D.C., a little-known firm called In-Q-Tel is investing U.S. tax dollars in startups that benefit the intelligence community. Since its founding in 1999, In-Q-Tel — named after the gadget-toting James Bond character […]

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Understanding Dari and Pashto Names: A Challenge to Intelligence Gathering in Afghanistan

Shakespeare asked “What’s in a name?” It turns out there’s a lot in the name of a typical Afghani including common nouns and personal titles—not used as titles! One of our linguistic experts, Bushra Zawaydeh, wrote today’s post about the challenges to natural language processing software of automatically extracting names of people from text written in the […]

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W.H. Online Counterterrorism Woes – Politico

Al Qaeda lost one of its best propagandists last month with the death in Yemen of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who had engineered much of its online recruitment and messaging. But al-Awlaki’s death in a U.S. drone strike, along with that of fellow propagandist Samir Khan, hasn’t ended the years-long problem of Islamist militant recruitment. […]

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