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Too Much Information, Not Enough Intelligence

Sandra I. Erwin wrote an article for National Defense, that discusses how over the last decade the Defense Department 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. Intelligence experts say the military is drowning in data but not able to convert that information into intelligible reports that break it down and analyze it. 


“'The challenge for users of intelligence is that all the different types of information come in a stove-piped manner,' says Michael W. Isherwood, a defense analyst and former Air Force fighter pilot."