Committees/Studies

Roundtable members work together on industry priorities and general topics of interest and concern as related to analysis and analytic technology. Following are selected Roundtable commissioned projects. Some projects are completed, while other studies are underway. All Roundtable research and studies are agreed-upon by the Roundtable, and championed and advanced by the Roundtable Working Group. Projects help to advance the Roundtable's goals and mission, ultimately helping industry to build better solutions so government can more effectively achieve their missions.

The Roundtable's Working Groups address and advance the group's collective interests including but not limited to: Architecture; Acquisition and Procurement; Accreditation. Respective Working Groups meet throughout the month to advance and champion efforts and report to the larger consortium.

Working Groups meet several times during the month, advancing priority topics for the larger Roundtable. Progress and findings are reported at the Monthly meetings; Workings Groups might ask for feedback or concurrence from wider membership.

Members of the Working Groups use resources from their respective companies to champion or advance studies or work.

In order to effectively advance the Roundtable's mission and charter, direct engagement and connection to government missions is critical. Technical and mission engagement work ensues via the Working Groups and in Monthly Meetings. The Roundtable Chair and Director is largely responsible for organizing these technical programs with respective missions and coordinating with sponsors and mission programs.

The Architecture Working Group is working with multiple DOD government organizations to pilot the Analysis Exchange technology. The goal is to ultimately leverage the Analysis Exchange technology with high-performance system and workflows, and increase interoperability amongst analytic systems (commercial products).

The Acquisition Working Group has prepared multiple products for submission to a Congressionally Directed Panel, Section 809.

Sponsors may visit monthly meetings, to share their mission priorities and discuss how industry might effectively work with them.

2017 Roundtable Studies

Study: Analysis Exchange Model 2.0, Terms of Reference (TOR)
Briefing: Analysis Exchange Model 2.0, Terms of Reference (TOR) Presented at Industry Day, November 7, 2017, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia
Champions: The Roundtable
Preview: The Analysis Exchange 2.0 work will expand upon the work of the first model and will include; broadening use cases from Analysis Exchange Model 1.0; discovering and advancing government goals; adding support for other industry partner capabilities and needs, such as data streaming or scalability; and adding new internal Analysis Exchange functionalities to handle security, provenance, and inference.

Study: Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Use Case
Briefing: Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Use Case Presented at Industry Day, November 7, 2017, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia
Champions: IBM: Mr. Charles Brown, SAS: Mr. John Stultz
Preview: Many thousands of government employees, contractors, and citizens receive reimbursements for travel from federal agencies each year. While the majority of people record their travel expenses honestly, it is an area that is ripe for fraud, waste, and abuse. This use case study reviews how information relevant to a travel voucher can be pooled from different analytic systems into a common ontology, which data analysts can then use to identify outliers/anomalies that require further investigation.

Study: Threat Assessment Use Case - PENDING
Briefing: Threat Assessment Use Case Presented at Industry Day, November 7, 2017, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia
Champions: SAP: Mr. Brian Adams and Mr. Frank McGuinness and Mr. Nicholas Riccio, Centrifuge: Mr. Lorne Hanson, CSRA NetOwl: Dr. William Niehaus, Recorded Future: Mr. C.W. Walker
Preview: Threat assessments are a proven approach to lower the risk of targeted violence by proactively identifying, assessing and mitigating threats. Yet the resource intensive methods utilized can make the process prohibitive in both time and money. Analytic capabilities are needed that reduce the costs of doing complex data exploration and increase the effectiveness in identifying trends and patterns of targeted violent events over time and space. This use case study captures how the Analysis Exchange provides analysts with the ability to collect information from various data and analytic sources that provide enrichment and depict them all together.

Study: Cyber Forensics Use Case - PENDING
Briefing: Cyber Forensics Use Case Presented at Industry Day, November 7, 2017, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia
Champions: IBM: Dr. Adam Etches, Recorded Future: C.W. Walker
Preview: Cyber security experts are challenged to stay ahead of threats posed by hackers who continuously outwit common security systems and the individuals responsible for security. Relevant data for forensically analyzing an attack may have to be drawn from different sources. When an attack occurs, analysts principally want to know who perpetrated the attack and the extent of the damage. Given the brisk nature of cyber attacks, analysts also want to proactively monitor a network for threats and be able to stop them. Both scenarios require information from multiple analytic sources. This use case explores how the Analysis Exchange can assist in pooling information from a variety of disparate sources to gather data for both reactive and proactive cyber analyses.

Study: Acquisition and Procurement Considerations
Briefing: Acquisition and Procurement Considerations
Champions: Palantir Technologies: Mr. Bryant Choung, Mr. Matt Chandler
Preview: Study in Progress. A survey has been completed on acquisition topics that are of concern and interest to the Roundtable membership. Findings from the survey will help Roundtable membership explore solutions for improving the acquisition processes in ways that are mutually beneficial to them and their customer base.

2016 Roundtable Studies

Study: Analytics and Use Cases
Briefing: Analytics and Use Cases, Presented at Industry Day, November 8, 2016, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia
Champions: IBM: Dr. Adam Etches, Mr. Charlie Brown; SAS: Mr. John Stultz
Preview: The core purpose of any analytic or investigative organization is to discern the insights needed for mission or task-centric activities: "maximize the value of the mass of information available and translate this into actionable intelligence for faster, more informed decision making." This study group considered several approaches for describing use cases that are generally applicable across both government and civilian organizations.


Study: Review and Study on Industry Collaboration
Briefing: Review and Study on Industry Collaboration, Presented at Industry Day, November 8, 2016, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia
Champions: Palantir: Mr. Bryant Choung, Mr. Matt Chandler
Preview: As part of the Roundtable, the Architecture Working Group fielded a survey to industry to capture the experience and best practices associated with delivering analytic tools and data management architectures to government customers. The questions covered topics on high-level architectures, trends in customer preferences, and similarities and differences among clients across intelligence, defense, civilian, and commercial organizations.


Study: Classes of Analytics
Briefing: Analytic Architecture Survey and Review
Champions: CSRA-NetOwl: Dr. William Niehaus; SAP NS2: Mr. Brian Adams; Centrifuge: Mr. Steve Panzer, Mr. Lorne Hanson
Preview: Analytics have become commonplace and essential throughout government and industry. While integration across analytic capabilities and results is poised to provide deeper insights as data's scale and complexity grow, isolated proprietary models of workflow and results hinder collaboration. This study offers an overview of the landscape of available and favored analytic architecture solutions across government agencies, both established practice and emerging capability, giving the necessary context for a reference implementation for an analytic architecture enabling collaboration between government and industry.


Study: Analytic Architecture Survey and Review
Briefing: Analytic Architecture Survey and Review, Presented at Industry Day, November 8, 2016, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia
Champions: MITRE: Mr. Joe Jubinski, Dr. Ransom Winder, Dr. Angela O'Hanlon
Preview: While integration across analytic capabilities and results is poised to provide deeper insights as data's scale and complexity grow, isolated proprietary models of workflow and results hinder collaboration. This study offers an overview of the landscape of available and favored analytic architecture solutions across government agencies, both established practice and emerging capability, giving the necessary context for a reference implementation for an analytic architecture enabling collaboration between government and industry.


Terms of Reference (TOR): Roundtable Analysis Exchange Framework
Champions: Roundtable
Preview: In this paper, we articulate the core architectural components of an Analysis Exchange Service intended to support the desired collaboration. The exchange design is based upon several months of engagement, study, and work with the Industry Roundtable Working Group. This paper describes the common exchange that the Roundtable will build. The paper describes how MITRE and industry will engage to realize this model. In order to achieve a successful prototype for the Analysis Exchange Service and a supporting Analysis Exchange Model, industry and MITRE will be working together in partnership with government input.


Roundtable Analysis Exchange Model 1.0 Software Design
Preview: The following document describes the Roundtable's Analysis Exchange Model 1.0. The document captures the entire software design (system architecture), including ontology, knowledge store, and software for transfer and adaptation. This document lays out an example use case and test data, which helped to mature the architecture. Model 1.0 facilitates collaboration with a client- server architecture for storing shareable results, an ontology spanning multiple domains of interest, software for both parsing and adapting analytic results, and a query engine for retrieval.


Study: Acquisition and Procurement Considerations
Briefing: Acquisition and Procurement Considerations
Champions: Palantir: Mr. Bryant Choung, Mr. Matt Chandler
Preview: Study in Progress