Does The Military Need Better Analytics?

January 11, 2010

 

Or does the Military need better data visualization?

There was a story published on the New York Times January 10th uncovering a deluge of information brought to the modern day military primarily via their drone programs. The article digs further into a handful of young analysts turning to techniques used by television to help them sift through the information.

Daniel A. Becker's Random Walk: Could a visualization like this be the key to understanding massive amounts of video data in Afghanistan?

Daniel A. Becker's Random Walk: Could a visualization like this be the key to understanding massive amounts of video data in Afghanistan?

I, for one, think the military is missing the boat here. Television and television broadcasting as an industry hasn’t shown an early adoption for many of the techniques more common in business intelligence and forget about data visualization. Wouldn’t the government be more likely catch important information from the data collected in programs like the one written about if they were visualizing the information more like a digg labs or the visualization of randomness? I think so.

What do you think?

 

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