Perspectives on Big Data Mission and Needs Gus Hunt CIA CTO

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Gus Hunt, CTO of the CIA presentation at the 2012 Government Big Data Forum.

Mr. Hunt currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the Chief Information Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In this capacity, Mr. Hunt is responsible for setting the strategic technology direction to enable CIA's missions, for driving the rapid insertion and adoption of new capabilities to keep pace with technology change in the commercial sector, and for engaging actively across the IC to share and communicate IT solutions.

Mr. Hunt joined the CIA in 1985 as an analyst and subsequently served in varied technical leadership roles including Director of Applications Services, Director of Architecture and Systems Engineering (ASE), Chair of the CIA Architecture Review Board and the Architecture and Systems Engineers Occupational Panel, and Chief of the CIO's Advanced Technology Group within the Directorate of Intelligence (DI). Mr. Hunt also served as Chief of Research and Development for the Director of Central Intelligence's (DCI) Crime and Narcotics Center and Deputy Chief of the Operations Support Group in the DCI's Non-Proliferation Center.

Before joining the Agency in 1985, Mr. Hunt spent seven years in the private sector as an Aerospace Engineer designing advanced manned space flight systems and satellite orbital transfer vehicles. He holds a ME in Civil/Structural Engineering from Vanderbilt University and is married with two grown children.

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  • 1. NextBeyond Big Data: Riding theTechnology Wave Ira A. (Gus) Hunt Chief Technology Officer
  • 2. Profound Changeis under way 1
  • 3. Social Mobile Cloud 2
  • 4. 3
  • 5. 4
  • 6. Altered the Flowof Information 5
  • 7. Nano Bio Sensors 6
  • 8. 7
  • 9. The Internet of Things 8
  • 10. Big Data 9
  • 11. TheProblem 10
  • 12. Our Problem: Which 5K1 Don’t know the future value of a dot today2 We cannot connect dots we don’t have3 The old collect, winnow, dissem model fails spectacularly in the Big Data world The few cannot know the needs of the manySecure the data, Connect the data, Empower the user
  • 13. New ComputingArchitectures 12
  • 14. New Fields of Expertise Data ScientistInformation Engineer 13
  • 15. 6,998,329,787 is a small number 14
  • 16. High Noon in theInformation Age 15
  • 17. It is nearly within our grasp to compute on all human generated information 16
  • 18. FaceBook> 1 billion users by August 17
  • 19. The inanimate is rapidly becoming sentientSmarter Planet Cars drive themselves Machines know your needs 18
  • 20. 3 rd Wave of ComputingLearning Machines Watson 19
  • 21. Technology is movingfaster than government can keep up 20
  • 22. How can we successfullynavigate and operate in this new world?? 21
  • 23. Our Approach1 Know the Business2 Set an overarching Strategy3 Establish a Framework for execution4 Fund and Implement with Intent
  • 24. Our MissionWe are the nations first line of defense. We accomplishwhat others cannot accomplish and go where otherscannot go. We carry out our mission by: Collecting information that reveals the plans, intentions and capabilities of our adversaries and provides the basis for decision and action. Producing timely analysis that provides insight, warning and opportunity to the President and decisionmakers charged with protecting and advancing Americas interests. Conducting covert action at the direction of the President to preempt threats or achieve US policy objectives.
  • 25. 4 Big Bets1 Big Data – Acquire, federate, and position for multiple constituencies to securely exploit. Grow the haystack, magnify the needles.2 Operational Excellence – Innovate infrastructure operations and provisioning, create an authoritative source on our asset base, and run IT like a business.3 Serve CIA by supporting the IC – Assume a leadership role in IC activities that matter to CIA – Build capabilities assuming they will be shared4 Talent Management – Focus on continuous learning and diversity of thought, experience, background
  • 26. 5 Key Technology Enablers1 Advanced Mission Analytics – World-class abilities to discover patterns, correlate information, understand plans and intentions, and find and identify operational targets in a sea of data2 Enterprise Widgets and Services – A customizable, integrated and adaptive webtop that lets analysts, ops officers, and targeters to ―have it their way‖.3 Security – as a Service One environment, all data, protected and secure using common security services such as: ubiquitous encryption, enterprise authentication, audit,4 DRM, secure ID propagation, and Gold Version C&A. Enterprise Data Management--the Data Harbor – An ultra-high performance data environment that enables CIA missions to acquire, federate, and position and securely exploit huge volumes data.5 Cloud Computing – Ruthlessly standardized, rigorously automated, dynamic and elastic commodity computing environment. Massive capacity ahead of demand. Speed for mission need.
  • 27. Our Accelerated Technology Adoption Process1 Discover the Opportunities (100)2 Evaluate claims versus Reality (30)3 Pilot with the Mission (10)4 Implement (5)
  • 28. Discover Active External EngagementVCs Mission LinkCommercial Labs Tech ConnectGovernment Labs IC PartnersIn-Q-Tel Other AgenciesUSG Contractors UniversitiesTech Expo Road TripsShowcase Contracts
  • 29. Evaluate Unclassified and Classified Evaluation FacilitiesiLab—unclassified, lots of data, variablehardwareEval—high-side, on-desktop, real data, realusers, defined hardwareNEAT—contracting mechanism to bring incapabilities from non-traditional vendors
  • 30. Pilot Real Problems, Real Users, Focused OutcomesI2—the original IC “Cloud” proof of concept pilotMass Analytics Cloud (MAC)—high-side, big-data, real problemsTraining—Cloudera, Hadoop, Developing for theCloudRoad Trips—expose the pilot teams to bestpractices across sectors
  • 31. Implement Becoming part of our DNA It’s not just about Technology People and skills Architecture Governance Process Ruthless Standardization Complete change in Applications Development— think small, think horizontal Costing models Contracting models
  • 32. ClosingThoughts 31
  • 33. Challenges Ahead• It’s all about speed, latency breeds contempt• Build a continuous learning organization• Embrace continuous change• Agility--become an ―Ahead of‖ organization• Software licensing—metered services and use, not ELAs