COMPASS: a new AI-driven situational awareness tool for the Pentagon?


First, the project attempts to utilize game theory to "ascertain the intent of the adversary." Interestingly, the project assumes that all agents are rational--meaning, I believe, that agents will act to maximize their respective utilities--and that normative theories about how agents will act are important. Explicitly excluded, however, are "descriptive theories that focus on … intangible aspects such as human judgment, irrationality, biases, [and] cognitive limitations." While this may make sense from a streamlined game-theoretic approach, it in no way reflects the real world. Indeed, even game theorists acknowledge the importance of factors that COMPASS excludes, which is why they make ample use of theories of bounded rationality, uncertainty, imperfect information, and the very notion of "adversarial."

Building Situational Awareness: A Risk Mitigation and Revenue Creation Strategy (Part 1)


The term "situational awareness" may conjure the darkened situation rooms of many a summer blockbuster movie in which vast video walls and flickering computer banks capture humanity's struggle against gigantic mutant beasts or other world-threatening entities. Manufacturers (probably) don't need to worry about creatures from the deep trying to eat their facilities. Yet events ranging from traffic jams to a partner's production backlog to hurricanes and tornados can pose real threats to a manufacturer's operations and ability to meet customer expectations. Situational awareness helps manufacturers anticipate and respond effectively to these events. That makes developing situational awareness capabilities a risk management priority.

Personalised Briefing Agents to Enhance Situational Awareness

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Situational awareness is vital for effective decision-making in both military and civilian domains. Acute situational awareness depends largely on accessing and comprehending information pertinent to the current situation. A personalised briefing agent could provide a user with information relevant to his/her own decision-making task through individualised briefings.

BAE to Develop Machine Learning Tech to Support USAF Space Situational Awareness - GovCon Wire


TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 19, 2016 -- BAE Systems has received a 9.4 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop and integrate a machine learning tool that works to support space situational awareness efforts, ExecutiveBiz reported Monday. The Defense Department said Friday BAE Systems Inc. will also utilize analytics, high-performance computing and reasoning visualization technologies to build the platform. About Executive Mosaic: Founded in 2002, Executive Mosaic is a leadership organization and media company. It provides its members an opportunity to learn from peer business executives and government thought leaders while providing an interactive forum to develop key business and partnering relationships. Executive Mosaic offers highly coveted executive events, breaking business news on the Government Contracting industry, and delivers robust and reliable content through seven influential websites and four consequential E-newswires.

Learning to Deal with the Inevitable


My last post, "Barriers to Innovation", began with a question. By the end of the post, that question had changed. Is innovation inevitable for your organization? Tom's comment was, of course, right on the money. Change is inevitable and while all innovation is change, not all change is innovation.