A toolkit for detecting technical surprise.

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The detection of a scientific or technological surprise within a secretive country or institute is very difficult. The ability to detect such surprises would allow analysts to identify the capabilities that could be a military or economic threat to national security. Sandia's current approach utilizing ThreatView has been successful in revealing potential technological surprises. However, as data sets become larger, it becomes critical to use algorithms as filters along with the visualization environments. Our two-year LDRD had two primary goals. First, we developed a tool, a Self-Organizing Map (SOM), to extend ThreatView and improve our understanding of the issues involved ... continued below

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Trahan, Michael Wayne & Foehse, Mark C. October 1, 2010.

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The detection of a scientific or technological surprise within a secretive country or institute is very difficult. The ability to detect such surprises would allow analysts to identify the capabilities that could be a military or economic threat to national security. Sandia's current approach utilizing ThreatView has been successful in revealing potential technological surprises. However, as data sets become larger, it becomes critical to use algorithms as filters along with the visualization environments. Our two-year LDRD had two primary goals. First, we developed a tool, a Self-Organizing Map (SOM), to extend ThreatView and improve our understanding of the issues involved in working with textual data sets. Second, we developed a toolkit for detecting indicators of technical surprise in textual data sets. Our toolkit has been successfully used to perform technology assessments for the Science & Technology Intelligence (S&TI) program.

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  • Report No.: SAND2010-7392
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/1011203 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1011203
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc839956

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Trahan, Michael Wayne & Foehse, Mark C. A toolkit for detecting technical surprise., report, October 1, 2010; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc839956/: accessed July 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.