Check Out the Aerospace & Defense American Technology Award Finalist

Continuing in our series to introduce you to the finalists for the 2014 American Technology Awards (ATAs), the finalist in the Aerospace & Defense Category is BAE Systems’ Advanced Analytics Framework, an open standards-based web service for “big data” integration that supports the emerging analysis discipline called Activity Based Intelligence (ABI). Released last December, the framework is geared toward international intelligence and defense organizations, commercial businesses and government research labs are future consumers.

BAESystems_199rgbBAE’s Advanced Analytics Framework (AAF) is designed to improve actionable intelligence and enable a new technique called Activity-Based Intelligence (ABI). The U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community currently use the suite to integrate surveillance data from multiple intelligence sources as a way of understanding adversary life patterns. It has helped to save lives on the battlefield and has enhanced the national security of the United States.

What we like:

  • Leading the way. BAE led the development of ABI, which Letitia Long, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency called “the most important intelligence methodology of the first quarter of the 21st century.”
  • Big data support. BAE Systems’ ABI framework brings more than 50 streams of information from airborne sensors, intelligence collectors, open sources and other datasets into a single geospatial view. Analysts can rapidly explore patterns and trends to unravel unknowns and understand complex relationships.
  • Seamless integration. BAE’s AAF integrates multiple open-source, third-party, and government tools into a seamless analytic framework that lets analysts use data to unravel networks and target adversaries.
  • Always updating. BAE engineers meet with intelligence analysts on four-week cycles to demonstrate new technical capabilities against hard intelligence problems. Feedback is incorporated into the next build.
  • Big improvements. The development process has improved cycle times by 20 times over the legacy system and acts as a pathfinder for other government programs in big data analytics.
  • Efficient and fast. A U.S. intelligence analyst demonstrated how a three-week workflow was reduced to less than three hours with BAE ABI software.
  • Making a difference. Discovery features cause a dramatic mind shift in the intelligence analysis process. BAE’s ABI software has triggered analysts to ask new questions and leverage collection capabilities in different ways. The tools have also spawned a Facebook-like culture of sharing and collaboration that is taking intelligence analysis to a new level of sophistication.

See the ATA product showcase and awards ceremony at 1776 in Washington, D.C., on May


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