Across government, leaders are embracing of the concept of big data and all it offers—particularly its potential to transform the decision-making process. To thrive in this new environment, defense and national security organizations are taking a fresh look at the kinds of problems they need to solve and are empowering people with new analytic tools to solve them.
Incorporating predictive analytics in mission planning and execution is no longer aspirational—this capability is now within reach of every defense organization. Thanks to breakthroughs in data science, predictive analytics are:
- Technologically feasible. New approaches, designed expressly for the age of big data, have overcome obstacles that have long limited analytics. Defense organizations can now bring together and explore their data in profound new ways.
- Practical. Defense organizations have already done much of the groundwork, making the bar of entry to predictive analytics relatively low. And, new tools are making it possible for these organizations to ramp up analytic capabilities quickly, and put them directly in the hands of defense analysts and commanders.
- Cost effective. Substantially less time and effort are needed for data preparation and analysis, enabling defense organizations to increase their analytic output at lower cost.