The Intelligence Community (IC) collects and converts huge amount of raw data into actionable intelligence. But big data and open source collection has overwhelmed intelligence analysts. The IC is not unique facing this problem but, like most of Federal Agencies, has been slow to lean forward utilizing new powerful techniques and tools.
Enter machine learning as a solution for many of the big data problems. Machine learning can be used to stream line the collection process, reduce redundant administrative tasks and allow the analyst to focus on creating actionable intelligence from dramatically increasing volumes of data.
However, machine learning is not a panacea and has its limitations. Studies have shown that one of the major machine learning short falls is the inability to recruit big data and engineering experts. The inability to recruit and retain experts trained and competent in big data/machine learning techniques to meet mission requirements is real. Presently, Federal hiring rules and security clearance requirements coupled with restricted budgets have impaired and over regulated the IC’s ability to recruit competent staff. Obtaining a position with an IC agency often takes up to two years by which time the requirements change.
Because of these problems, the IC has relied on competent contractors with deep domain experience to supply need expertise.
Those contractors with deep domain experience who are agile and innovative add significant value to the IC recruiting process in significant ways:
- Experts with current skills are available from multiple sources.
- The contractor base hiring process promotes rapid hiring across multiple technical requirements.
- Fully trained experts with required security clearances are available on demand for rapidly changing mission requirements.
- Contracting with the right company can ensure a competitive work environment, a culture of success and career paths that ensure continued professional and relevant support.
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