The Pentagon plans to spend $250 million per year to find new ways of mining data, an investment that its top engineer, Zachary Lemnios, calls a “big bet on big data.” Of that amount, $60 million will go to military research projects. Among the projects is XDATA, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), which seeks “computational techniques and software tools for processing and analyzing volumes of data.” For the military, the challenge inherent with big data comes ...


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