The Human Machine Team: The Analyst of Today and Tomorrow Recap

The Human Machine Team: The Analyst of Today and Tomorrow Recap

On December 15th, in partnership with DefenseOne and ESRI, IC professionals from the Beltway region gathered at the Hotel Monaco in Washington D.C. for The Human Machine Team: The Analyst of Today and Tomorrow, a standing-room panel event where academia and industry experts elaborated on how intelligence analysts currently leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to provide support and make recommendations to the intelligence and national security communities.

The panel consisted of:

  • Susan Kalweit, Director, Analysis, NGA
  • Dr. Jennifer Sample, Principal Scientist, Advanced S&T Development, JHUAPL
  • David Scavo, Solutions Engineer, Orbital Insight
  • Isaac Zaworski, Vice President, VRICON
  • Moderator: Patrick Tucker, Defense and Technology Editor, DefenseOne

Participants expanded on some of the latest challenges that today's analysts face, with these key takeaways:

  • Analysts currently spend less than 10% of their time working on the “unknown unknowns.”  AI implementation will change this by monitoring the “known knowns,” which will enable them to focus on the most pressing challenges.
  • AI technology will learn by using reappropriated data for means other than intended.
  • Analysts are currently involved in AI research, which will facilitate human-machine collaboration.
  • We could be five to ten years (or even closer) to implementing AI that will make assessments and produce reports.
  • The goal of the IC is to utilize all-source intelligence to build an effective AI model.

 

 

With a successful outcome for The Analyst of Today and Tomorrow, a third installment of The Human Machine Team will be announced in early 2019. Please stay tuned for more details!

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