Big Data in Military Information & Intelligence

IndraStra Global, 2016

9 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2016

Date Written: January 22, 2016


"Data really powers everything that we do." - Jeff Weiner, Chief Executive at LinkedIn.

In 1997 two scientists of NASA, Michael Cox and David Ellsworth used the term Big Data in their paper "Application-controlled demand paging for out-of-core visualization". While spelling out the problem they had with computer graphics they stated that "...provides an interesting challenge for computer systems: data sets are generally quite large, taxing the capacities of main memory, local disk, and even remote disk. We call this the problem of big data."

Big Data has been traditionally associated with issues of data analysis and data storage. Gartner report proposed a definition encompassing 3V's: Volume, Velocity, and Variety. The report commented upon the increasing size of data, the increasing rate at which it is produced, and the increasing range of formats and representations employed. This definition has since been expanded to include a fourth V: Veracity.

Keywords: Big Data, Military Intelligence, Network Centric Warfare

JEL Classification: N40, N45, H56

Suggested Citation

Kulshrestha, Sanatan, Big Data in Military Information & Intelligence (January 22, 2016). IndraStra Global, 2016, Available at SSRN:

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