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Intelligence analysis is the process by which the information collected about an enemy is used to answer tactical questions about current operations or to predict future behavior. RAND has helped the U.S. intelligence community streamline its processes and aided military analysts collecting and processing information on the battlefield.

  • Illustration of a brain with pathways and nodes, images by lyas Toker/Getty Images and Volha Ramanchuk/Getty Images/iStock

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    Artificial Intelligence Systems in Intelligence Analysis

    Aug 26, 2021

    The U.S. military and intelligence community have shown interest in using artificial intelligence systems to support intelligence analysis. But deploying AI systems in a national security context requires the ability to measure how well they will perform in the context of their mission.

  • An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flightline at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. June 19. Gen. John D.W. Corley, Air Combat Command commander, met with Army Gen. William S. Wallace, Army Training and Doctrine Command commanding general, June 30 to discuss a new concept of operations that would maximize the contributions unmanned aerial systems bring to the joint warfighter, photo by Lance Cheung/U.S. Air Force

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    Technology Innovation and the Future of Air Force Intelligence Analysis: Findings and Recommendations

    Jan 27, 2021

    Getting the right intelligence to the right people at the right time is increasingly difficult as the amount of data grows and timelines shrink. How can tools and technologies help the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System evolve to meet the challenges of synthesizing data effectively and efficiently?

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