Organizations tracking key security issues, such as weapons of mass destruction, combine new collection methods with big-data intelligence analytics. Future advances may lead to significant leaps in computer processing and engineering that allow computers to process huge data sets and portray the data in ways that mimic human intuition and judgment, leading to a new generation of powerful campaign and tactical decision aids.
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DARPA launched the XDATA program in 2012 to develop tools and algorithms to analyze massive volumes of mission-specific data. The objective was to eliminate background clutter and help warfighters easily understand and benefit from the most relevant pieces of information.