Army lab announces new alliance with UK Ministry of Defence

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence announced a new partnership in the area of Distributed Analytics and Information Science, or DAIS, Sept. 23, 2016. | U.S. Army graphic
By JENNA BRADYU.S. Army Research Laboratory

ADELPHI, Md. – The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has once again aligned with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence in a new and innovative opportunity for cooperation in the area of Distributed Analytics and Information Science, or DAIS.

The DAIS International Technology Alliance seeks to develop the fundamental underpinning research required to enable secure, dynamic, semantically aware, distributed analytics for situational understanding in coalition operations.

The two governments will form a collaborative alliance with a consortium of leading U.S. and UK academic and industry partners led by IBM, which has major research and development operations in both nations.

Academic and industry partners include the University of California at Los Angeles, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Stanford University, Yale University, Airbus Group, BAE Systems, Cardiff University, Imperial College London, University of Southampton and University College London.

Current coalition operations are placing significantly greater burdens on the people and technologies that are deployed, as our adversaries increasingly have access to advanced communications, information and analytics technologies.

To counter these adversaries, coalition information superiority is a necessity–a necessity this alliance will help preserve.

“Research in distributed analytics and information science directly addresses the growing challenges in conducting coalition operations by enabling distributed, dynamic and secure coalition communication–information infrastructures that support ad-hoc coalition teams and utilize distributed analytics to derive shared situational understanding,” said Greg Cirincione, U.S. collaborative alliance manager for the DAIS ITA.

The DAIS ITA comprises three components: the Basic Research Component and two Technology Transition Components, one each for U.S. – or UK-led efforts.

Basic Research

The Basic Research Component will provide for fundamental research, the results of which will be in the public domain. The Technology Transition Components will provide for the application of the fundamental-research results to military, security and commercial applications to foster the best technologies for future defense and security needs.

“The research will generate the foundational, enabling technology and insights to enhance future coalition information superiority and operations,” Cirincione said. “Future coalitions will operate increasingly in complex and dynamic environments, with a broad range of entities and actors. The success of the mission will be improved by the ability to dynamically, rapidly and securely form ad-hoc coalition teams that can share data, information and network infrastructure to enable a common situational understanding.”

ARL and the UK MoD have a history of successful partnerships, and this alliance will further enhance that relationship and the work being done behind the scenes for the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation.

“The U.S. Army and ARL have a long history of working closely with the UK MoD and UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, one of our closest allies and coalition partners, as was demonstrated with the very successful U.S.–UK Network and Information Sciences ITA,” Cirincione said. “To address the key research gaps and challenges in coalition operations, synergies from robust U.S. and UK collaborations can achieve results not possible without insights and innovations from U.S. and UK industry, academia and government.”

According to Cirincione, the end goal of the alliance is to successfully collaborate across industry, academia and government to significantly advance the state of the art in distributed analytics and information sciences in order to impact and enhance future military coalition operations.