The best defence is good data

Big Data Defence: London 26-27, June.



Seth Adler
05/01/2019

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Many of the technological advances of our time have come out of the military. It’s with this in mind that Big Data Defence convenes in London 26-27, June.

Myriad use cases dot the agenda on utilizing, AI, ML, advanced analytics and at least eight sessions on harnessing data alone.

Whether or not you’re in defence, or defense– this event might be worth the trip.

Key sessions of note:

DEVELOPING GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES AT THE INFORMATION LABORATORY

Doctor David A Horner - Director of the Information Technology Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center 

  • The Data Analysis and Assessment Center (DAAC): providing visualization and analysis tools and support services to enable the analysis of an ever-increasing volume of data
  • The Department of Defense (DOD) Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC): delivering high performance computing (HPC) resources to DOD scientists and engineers across the Nation
  • Developing, modernizing, and maintaining software to address DoD's science and engineering challenges
  • Exploring, evaluating, and applying emerging High Performance Computing technology to advance DoD productivity

Doctor David A Horner, Director of the Information Technology Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center: SEE BIO

 

THE FUTURE CHALLENGES OF BIG DATA ANALYTICS AND AI

Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes - Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber, UK Ministry of Defence 

  • Exploiting and protecting data
  • Overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities of digitalisation
  • Achieving information superiority over the enemy

Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes, Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber, UK Ministry of Defence: SEE BIO

 

THE ARTEMIS PROJECT: A MASTER PLAN TO DEVELOP BIG DATA AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Colonel Jerome Lemaire - Digitization & Artificial Intelligence Master Plan Leader, Directorate General of Armaments 

  • State of the art and main challenges
  • Applications for defence field
  • The need of the ecosystem
  • Different projects for operational use and to develop technologies

Colonel Jerome Lemaire, Digitization & Artificial Intelligence Master Plan Leader, Directorate General of Armaments: SEE BIO

 

THE INFLUENCE OF BIG DATA IN DECISION MAKING PROCESS: A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE BRITISH ARMY

Colonel Alex Porter - Assistant Head of Strategic Concepts, Directorate of Capability, British Army 

  • Mitigating data overload on the battlefield
  • Assessing how much reliability can be attributed to Big Data: can we trust current systems?
  • Future prospects: speculating the changes that Big Data will bring to decision making in the defence sector, and how it will affect the OODA loop

Colonel Alex Porter, Assistant Head of Strategic Concepts, Directorate of Capability, British Army: SEE BIO

 

UTILISING BIG DATA TO ENHANCE STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING

Auke Venema - Principal Member, NATO Science & Technology Board, NATO 

  • Assessing the way data is integrated; the impact on decision making and how AI and data will change NATO’s approach to future challenges
  • A future where subordinate echelons are given decentralized control of capabilities and the impact this will have on command and control architectures
  • The Netherlands’ approach to Big Data analytics.

Auke Venema, Principal Member, NATO Science & Technology Board, NATO: SEE BIO

 

INCREASING CYBER INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN EUROPEAN ARMIES

Mr Mario Blokken - Head Permanent Secretariat, European Land Force Interoperability Center (Finabel) 

  •  Integrating cyber command structures in army’s structures
  • The challenge of communication: could European armies use common cryptographic systems?
  • Raising awareness to weakest link: training the European soldier how to behave in the cyber environment

Mr Mario Blokken, Head Permanent Secretariat, European Land Force Interoperability Center (Finabel)

 

INTEGRATING BIG DATA ANALYTICS INTO THE CAPABILITIES OF THE DANISH DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE

Lars Findsen - DirectorDanish Defence Intelligence Service 

  • Using Big Data analytics to predict terrorist attacks
  • Collaboration between public and private entities to maintain cybersecurity
  • Establishing a strategy to counter the capabilities of the adversaries

Lars Findsen, Director, Danish Defence Intelligence Service: SEE BIO

 

THE ROLE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING FOR THE FUTURE OF CYBER-SECURITY

Brigadier General Jennifer Buckner - Head of Army Cyber CommandUS Army 

  • Strengthening the cyber workforce
  • Partnering with the private sector to enhance cyber tools
  • The necessity to embrace new technologies 

Brigadier General Jennifer Buckner, Head of Army Cyber Command 
US Army: SEE BIO

 

THE AUTOMATION OF THE DATA COLLECTION PROCESS IN THE ROYAL NAVY

Lieutenant Commander Jim Briscoe - Navy IW-AI Data Programme ManagerRoyal Navy 

  • Project Nelson : accelerating the exploitation of advanced data analytics and AI in the Royal Navy
  • Artificial Intelligence and data science to build a “Ship’s Mind”, enabling better decision making
  • Exploiting rapid developments in autonomy and robotics
  • Identifying commercially available technologies that could have wide application across the armed forces

Lieutenant Commander Jim Briscoe, Navy IW-AI Data Programme Manager, Royal Navy: SEE BIO

 

ASSESSING THE CHANGES THAT BIG DATA AND AI WILL BRING TO THE INTELLIGENCE CYCLE

Prof. Dr. Uwe Borghoff - DirectorGerman Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS) 

  • Collecting the intelligence: the current and future role of AI and machine learning
  • Processing the intelligence: The challenge of transforming very vast amount of data into actionable intelligence
  • Understanding the limits of automation: what will be the future role of the human analyst?
  • The CISS programme for Big Data

Prof. Dr. Uwe Borghoff, Director, German Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS): SEE BIO

 

THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS

Ross Tsagalidis - Cyber Security Advisor & Consultant at the Department of Computer and Systems SciencesSwedish Armed Forces 

  • How can machine learning improve the operational capabilities of command structures
  • The vulnerability of connected autonomous systems
  • Improving the security of autonomous systems
  • Creating technologies that can earn the trust of the analyst user

Ross Tsagalidis, Cyber Security Advisor & Consultant at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Swedish Armed Forces: SEE BIO

 

TRANSFORMING DATA INTO ACTIONABLE INFORMATION

Doctor Chad Heitzenrater - CTC Lead for Cyber Science & Technology, Information DirectorateAir Force Research Laboratory 

  • Using BD analytics to create knowledge for decision makers to command and control forces
  • Developing game changing technologies to maintain superior technical advantage.
  • Manage, process, and exploit current massive amounts of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data flows to analyse patterns of life

Doctor Chad Heitzenrater, CTC Lead for Cyber Science & Technology, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory: SEE BIO

 

THE CYBER SECURITY MODEL OF THE UK MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

Phil Blunden - Cyber Industry Communications LeadUK Ministry of Defence 

  • The mandated requirement for all new contracts
  • Case studies of existing contracts
  • Ensuring that  all suppliers on the UK Defence supply chain have an appropriate level of cyber security for the value of MOD Identifiable Information they are handling

Phil Blunden, Cyber Industry Communications Lead, UK Ministry of Defence: SEE BIO

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