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Current Approaches to Automated Information Evaluation and their Applicability to Priority Intelligence Requirement Answering
ARMY RESEARCH LAB FORT MONMOUTH NJ
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Doctrinally, Priority Intelligence Requirements PIRs represent information that the commander needs to know in order to make a decision or achieve a desired effect. Networked warfare provides the intelligence officer with access to multitudes of sensor outputs and reports, often from unfamiliar sources. Counterinsurgency requires evaluating information across all PMESII-PT categories Political, Military, Economic, Social Infrastructure Information, Physical Environment and Time. How should analysts evaluate this information NATOs STANAG Standard Agreement 2022 requires that every piece of information in intelligence reports used to answer PIRs should be evaluated along two independent dimensions the reliability of its source and the credibility of the information. Recent developments in information retrieval technologies, including social search technologies, incorporate metrics of information evaluation, reliability and credibility such as Googles PageRank. In this paper, we survey various current approaches to automatic information evaluation and explore their applicability to the information evaluation and PIR answering tasks.
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