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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:16 AM

DOD Plans Study to Predict the Future [View all]

Source: Nextgove.com

"The Defense Department wants new computer tools to analyze mounds of unstructured text, blogs and tweets as part of a coordinated push to help military analysts predict the future and make decisions faster.

The search is part of the Office of Naval Research’s “Data to Decisions” program, a series of three-to-10-year initiatives that will address the volume of information that threatens to overwhelm planners in the digital age, contract databases indicate. The goal is to build an open source system that can unite various tools that collect, manage and draw relationships between data sets."


"Defense is seeking ways to predict the future by monitoring Twitter, blogs and news, and determining the “frequency of contacts between nodes or clusters.” As networks grow larger and more complex, researchers have found it harder to monitor group behavior."

Read more: http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2013/01/can-you-predict-future-reading-twitter-pentagon-thinks-maybe/60634/?oref=ng-dropdown

And, people wonder why Defense spending is so out of control.

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