DIA Launching Intell Repository System Dev’t Effort

Jeff Brody

The Defense Intelligence Agency is working on a cloud-based repository platform to transition military intelligence data away from physical servers that require manual input across disparate networks, FCW reported Monday. The Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-Repository System will use automation and analytics to run a re-engineered environment designed to handle mission information, intelligence, infrastructure, space and cyberspace databases.

According to a recent DIA document, MARS will “create a military intelligence environment for the warfighter and analyst similar to the World Wide Web for consumers.” Tom Dillaplain, MARS functional requirements manager for DIA, noted that the agency seeks to incorporate interoperability into the system and "place the human at the most useful point" in artificial intelligence implementation. The Department of Defense plans to issue acquisition vehicles to develop MARS through increments by fiscal 2020.

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