Six months after its latest resurgence, the Ebola virus shows no signs of letting up. "We desperately need new strategies adapted to this reality," said Dr. Joanne Liu, international president of Doctors Without Borders in a grim statement last week. One hope is that data, which can spread faster than disease, could give humans a technological leg up ... More>>
A problem with collecting data on potential terrorists is that it can pretty quickly become big data, full of fragmented strands of information on individuals, organizations and activities that can be difficult to connect. One company working on a solution is Modus Operandi, which is developing what it calls a Facebook for terrorists that would provide ... More>>
Technological solutions help seek out both outside foes and insider threats. Where human analysis might fail in the intelligence community, technological solutions are at the ready to fill the void. Companies are ginning up software programs that can prove to be key for intelligence analysts as they track the bad guys, so to speak—be they insider threats or an outside enemy ... More>>
A company called Modus Operandi is developing a “social network” interface with profiles of the bad guys who want to do you harm. Terrorists, mainly. Terrorists won’t actually be posting status updates, of course. But they will have profiles that show their pertinent information, updated by American intelligence analysts ... More>>
The ease of use and powerful search capabilities of Google have inspired a quiet revolution in the way some military intelligence organizations are using big data. But Google, the company, has nothing to do with it. The company behind the big data search revolution in the military intelligence community is Melbourne, Fla.-based Modus Operandi Inc. ... More >>
After the September 11 attacks, it became apparent that the United States intelligence agencies needed to get better at integrating disparate pieces of data. Since then, we've witnessed a massive increase in those agencies' capabilities. And now some branches of the military, including the US Marine Corps, are experimenting with big data analytics technologies .... More >>
The big data movement is changing the way people work. And just like state, local and federal organizations, the military is trying to get smarter, faster and more flexible with its data. Dr. Eric Little, vice president and chief scientist for a company making big data software for the military -- a company appropriately named Modus Operandi ... More >>
As Modus Operandi President Rick McNeight likes to say, the defense company’s software doesn’t just find a needle in a haystack, it finds the right needle in the right haystack. The Melbourne-based company has developed a way to mine specific pieces of data from a host of sources – everything from social media to ... More >>
The U.S. Navy selected Modus Operandi to begin developing crowdsourcing situational awareness software that leverages data from social media. Social media is becoming a primary source of information during disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. In an effort to more efficiently utilize... More >>
The U.S. Navy is turning to crowdsourcing as a possible situational awareness aid during disasters and social unrest. Data from eyewitnesses or participants would be fused with information from other sources to provide timely understanding and appreciation of an environment or location to response teams. More >>
A Melbourne company said Monday it has landed a Navy research contract to create a "crowdsourcing" analysis system to assist emergency-response teams in disasters, crowd uprisings, fires, crimes and other crises. More >>
Government research grants give companies a chance to flex their innovation muscles. (Article by subscription only) More >>
"Truck bombs are a big problem," said Rick McNeight, president of Modus Operandi, a software company "serving the US defense and intelligence community," on the phone to me, and I can't help but agree. The conversation we had is not one I'm used to having, but there's a big data angle on it. More accurately, there's ...
Among the roughly 15,000 beneficiaries of the program is Richard McNeight, president of 80-employee Modus Operandi. His Melbourne (Fla.) business has received $40 million in research awards over the past decade through SBIR.
Big data is having an impact across government, though, in areas far afield from fraud detection. The data analysis company Modus Operandi received a $1 million Army contract in late 2012 to build a system called Clear Heart, which would dig through hundreds of hours of video — including footage from heavily populated areas — and pick out body movements that suggest what officials call "adversarial intent." More >>
Modus Operandi was awarded a $1.5 million U.S. Marine Corps. contract to develop software to discover and analyze tactical intelligence.
Melbourne-based Modus Operandi will enhance and package its BLADE Semantic Wiki software for transition into a number of Marine Corps analytics systems. The contract is called ieDENI (improvised explosive device denial).
Jeff Lessner is the new vice president of business development at Modus Operandi in Melbourne. Lessner will be responsible for all aspects of the company's business development efforts, including full oversight of sales and marketing efforts, market analysis, and management of business proposal production.
Computers search vast amounts of information, and do so very quickly, but a Melbourne defense contractor has created software that helps a computer narrow what it's looking for, adding to their power and usefulness.
Just ask the military.
The Defense Department over the last decade has built up an inventory of billions of dollars worth of spy aircraft and battlefield sensors. Those systems create avalanches of data that clog military information networks and overwhelm analysts.
I had the opportunity to chat with Peter Mozloom, VP, Cyber Solutions, Modus Operandi about cyber security here in the United States. This discussion included the threats and the status of our preparedness efforts and what we can do better. More >>