The government launched a big data research and development initiative Thursday.
The Defense Department, which among five agencies involved in the initiative launch, plans to pursue projects for autonomous systems.
The Pentagon will also allocate part of the $250 million investment for big data research toward developing methods to decode foreign secrets, NextGov reports.
As part of the big data initiative, the Pentagon will maintain a project that allows organizations to present new technologies to the National Security Agency that could help the military to make and break codes.
The agency will also extend the NSA-Central Security Service Commercial Solutions Center program, which employs cryptology specialists.
The center will host a vendor capability showcase where participants will present new technology compliant with the national security community and NSA-CSS requirements.
The NSA also plans to use big data to mitigate cyber threats.
The agency will use vendors to test cyber defense awareness through an experimental online contest to develop data visualizations for defending large-scale computer networks.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s funding will benefit a program that detects network activity similar to patterns of cyberespionage.
DARPA’s Cyber-Insider Threat is a program that creates simulations of enemy missions over defense networks to expose hidden operations.
The program is used to create methods to identify advanced persistent threats such as data manipulation or extraction.
The Pentagon’s research arm also has a big data-based project that acts as a substitute for the human brain, decoding relationships of data taken from different sources.
The program uses data collected from sensors and predictive algorithms, together with other programs, to support commander-level decision making.
In February, DARPA collated 135 terabytes of information from multiple sources and distribute it users from the government, industry and academia, according to NextGov