March 4, 2008 - An advanced data analysis solution from SAS and Detica is in use by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) to uncover and target the operational, financial and social networks involved in IED deployment.
JIEDDO's mission is to lead, advocate and coordinate efforts to defeat IEDs as weapons of strategic influence, provide field commanders intelligence and reduce casualties among both military forces and civilian populations. To help achieve those goals, the organization needed analytics to gain critical, data driven insight into the structure, character, interactions and methods associated with the operational networks involved in the deployment of IEDs.
According to the Department of Defense, IEDs have caused nearly half of all casualties in Iraq and nearly 30 percent of those in Afghanistan since the start of combat operations. IEDs are often supported by organized networks that finance operations, create the devices and execute attacks.
The solution from SAS and Detica analyzes data from myriad sources to identify and analyze the linkages between individuals and groups that may indicate a support network. Similar technology is used to fight fraud in government agencies and commercial businesses in the UK and the US.
The JIEDDO solution uses several tools, including data and text analysis, predictive modeling and optimization. Analysts and other end users receive intelligence developed using data driven investigative techniques and link analysis based on social network theory. Analysts are provided with client tools and customizable report creation and delivery capabilities that deliver intelligence in the most appropriate format for decision makers and other end users. The solution is also customizable to be implemented at all levels of security classification.
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