Military Capabilities

DIA wants MARS IOC within three years

19 September 2018

The head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) wants to build its proposed Machine-Assisted Analysis Rapid-Repository System (MARS) during his tenure at the agency.

Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, DIA director, said he wants to reach initial operational capability (IOC) within three years for MARS, a cloud-based, machine-assisted data analytics system meant to replace the existing DIA Modernized Intelligence Database (MIDB), which was built about two decades ago for the storage and retrieval of global intelligence data.

“To get that data environment set will probably be one of the biggest things we do for the [US] Department of Defense,” Lt Gen Ashley said on 17 September during an event at the Washington, DC-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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