The White House announced its big data research and development initiative Thursday, with six agencies each committing funds to improve the tools necessary to conduct data set analysis.
The Defense Department is among the agencies committing funds to develop the government’s ability to harness and apply big data information.
The Pentagon is setting aside $250 million annually to develop big data applications, according to Zachary Lemnios, assistant secretary for research and engineering.
Lemnios said in a release that the Pentagon is near completion of a new generation of computer systems for helping military decision makers understand the volumes of data military sensors collect.
The Pentagon also intends to use big data analytics and prognosis for improved autonomous systems that can make a decision independently but know when it needs to call upon a human, according to Lemnios.
Lemnios said the Pentagon will continue to invest in human-to-machine interface systems that support collaborative operations and training.
Other investments include computational techniques and softwares to analyze unstructured, semi-structures data linked to interface engines that can learn from experience.
The Pentagon has more than 20 open solicitations for big data initiatives, Lemnios said.