February 3, 2014

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 ……. Read more »


January 6, 2014

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… Read more »


September 9, 2013

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 >>


August 20, 2013

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 >>


June 24, 2013

“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,… Read more »


April 1, 2013

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 —… Read more »