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Deltek’s Alex Rossino: DARPA’s Big Data R&D Programs Present Business Opportunity

big dataThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has lined up several research and development programs focused on big data analytics as the Defense Department‘s weapons and communications systems grow in complexity, Deltek‘s Alex Rossino says.

Rossino, a principal research analyst at Deltek, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday that DARPA’s focus on big data highlights the importance of relevant algorithms and data fusion and analytics technologies to operate defense systems and platforms.

“Knowing this makes a big difference when it comes to understanding where business opportunity can be found at the DoD,” he says.

He reports that the agency’s spending on big data programs will increase by 69 percent from $97 million in fiscal 2014 to $164 million in fiscal 2016.

For R&D programs with requirements related to big data, Rossino notes that there will be a 21 percent increase over the three-year time frame.

“Where agencies like DARPA are conducting R&D work on complex systems, the integration of massive volumes of sensor data, the development of advanced algorithms for controlling unmanned systems and/or fusing large data sets into common pictures, that is where you’ll find big data related spending,” he writes.

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