DARPA Continues to Refine the Art of Surveillance

DARPA is developing another successor to Total Information Awareness.  Dubbed ADAMS (Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales), the project aims to sift through billions of military emails to recognize an immanent threat — homocide, suicide, or intelligence leaks.  Wired’s Danger Room and CNN cover the project from different angles:

Darpa(Wired) The military is scrambling to identify disgruntled or radicalized troops who pose a threat to themselves or their buddies. So the futurists at Darpa are asking for algorithms to find and pre-empt anyone planning the next Fort Hood massacre, WikiLeaks document dump or suicide-in-uniform.

This counterintelligence-heavy effort isn’t Darpa’s typical push to create flying Humvees or brainwave-powered prosthetic limbs. But the Pentagon’s far-out R&D team has made other moves recently to hunt down threats from within.

The idea behind the Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales, or Adams, effort is to sift through “massive data sets” to find the warning signs of looming homicide, suicide or other destructive behavior. “The focus is on malevolent insiders that started out as ‘good guys.’ The specific goal of Adams is to detect anomalous behaviors before or shortly after they turn,” the agency writes in its program announcement.

Currently, Darpa says, the Defense Department doesn’t actually know how “a soldier in good mental health” actually comes to pose an “insider threat,” defined as “an already trusted person in a secure environment with access to sensitive information and information systems and sources.” (WikiLeaks, anyone?)

“When we look through the evidence after the fact, we often find a trail –- sometimes even an ‘obvious’ one,” Darpa adds. “The question is can we pick up the trail before the fact, giving us time to intervene and prevent an incident?  Why is that so hard?”

Adams is supposed to fill the breach…

Read more at Wired. From CNN:

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Washington (CNN) — The Pentagon wants computers to see into the future — and stop crimes before they happen.

As the U.S Army considers whether Col. Nidal Hasan, the suspect in last year’s Fort Hood massacre, should face a court-martial, it also is looking at whether the military missed signals that might have indicated what was about to happen.

Now a Pentagon research arm is asking scientists to create a way to scan billions of e-mails to identify suspects in advance so that crimes can be stopped before they are committed.

That’s the goal of the latest $35 million project announced by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is credited with breakthroughs like the internet, GPS and stealth technology.

But this latest idea is already is drawing fire from privacy and security experts. In a request for proposals, the think tank highlights the Fort Hood shootings.

“Each time we see an incident like a soldier in good mental health becoming homicidal or suicidal or an innocent insider becoming malicious, we wonder why we didn’t see it coming,” DARPA says. “When we look through the evidence after the fact, we often find a trail — sometimes even an “obvious” one. The question is: Can we pick up the trail before the fact, giving us time to intervene and prevent an incident.”

The agency calls the project ADAMS, for “Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales.”…

Read more at CNN.

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  • APR

    “The military is scrambling to identify disgruntled or radicalized troops who pose a threat to themselves or their buddies.”

    It would help if we only sent them to wars that are actually justified. When their fellow soldiers are dying in order to support the price of oil, it’s no wonder some get “disgruntled.” I’m surprised we don’t hear more stories of fragging. A friend of mine won’t even talk about his military service (special forces) except to say that he was lied to constantly. If you are going to train people to kill humans, watch out.

  • APR

    “The military is scrambling to identify disgruntled or radicalized troops who pose a threat to themselves or their buddies.”

    It would help if we only sent them to wars that are actually justified. When their fellow soldiers are dying in order to support the price of oil, it’s no wonder some get “disgruntled.” I’m surprised we don’t hear more stories of fragging. A friend of mine won’t even talk about his military service (special forces) except to say that he was lied to constantly. If you are going to train people to kill humans, watch out.

  • Anonymous

    This will tie in nicely with corporations such as Project Vigilant literally going public and trading shares. This is a Private Spy Corporation that tracks 250 million IP addresses a day, and there are only around 300 million people in the USA. If you remove most of the Governments Employees and those that don’t have internet access every private citizen could be tracked.
    http://wp.me/pPkXP-bK
    sovereignthink

  • sovereignthink

    This will tie in nicely with corporations such as Project Vigilant literally going public and trading shares. This is a Private Spy Corporation that tracks 250 million IP addresses a day, and there are only around 300 million people in the USA. If you remove most of the Governments Employees and those that don’t have internet access every private citizen could be tracked.
    http://wp.me/pPkXP-bK
    sovereignthink

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