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[] Pentagon waehlt Antiterror-Technologien aus,

Ganz gross scheint das Thema Datamining zu werden, um Terroristen aus
Tonnen anderer Daten herausfiltern zu koennen.

GCN, 6.6.2002 

DOD looks closer at promising technologies 

By Dawn S. Onley 
GCN Staff

Nearly eight months after it released a request to industry for help
developing technologies to combat terrorism, the Defense Department will
now take the next step. 

Members of the multiagency Technology Support Working Group have been
sifting through more than 12,500 responses and has identified 600
proposals it considered promising. The group asked the companies that
submitted them to create white papers on their proposals and expand on
details, including costs. 

"We are now at a point where we are trying to ask for specific numbers
and move on some of those ideas," said Deidre A. Lee, director of
Defense procurement. 

During this phase, ideas will be more closely scrutinized to see if they
are feasible, said Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Halbig, a Defense spokesman.
As the white papers come in, the working group will narrow the pool
further. Defense officials have asked for technologies that will prevent
and combat terrorism, attack difficult targets, conduct protracted
operations in remote areas and develop countermeasures to weapons of
mass destruction. 

Pete Aldridge, Defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and
logistics, and head of the working group, asked for new products and
applications that could be fielded within 12 to 18 months. 

The chosen ideas for which the group sought white papers included: 

 a system that, using an integrated database and data mining tools,
could identify patterns and trends of terrorist groups and predict their
behavior   a portable polygraph machine to conduct impromptu
interviews   a screening system with integrated sensors to alert
officials of someone carrying chemical or radiological weapons. 

"We received an incredible outpouring of interest from all over the
globe," Halbig said. 

The working group is made up of 80 federal agencies including DOD, the
Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration,
Federal Aviation Administration and Energy Department.

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