The National Reconnaissance Office is looking closely at technology used for video games to help it improve how it gathers and analyzes intelligence data, according to a research proposal released Monday and reported on by USA Today. The NRO specifically wants to take advantage of the video game industry's "innovative algorithms" and "enhanced visualization techniques," according to the proposal.
As one would suspect and expect, the NRO works closely with the National Security Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency by providing data on a variety of subjects related to terrorism, military targets, natural disasters, and support for peacekeeping and relief efforts – basically everything.
The agency is seeking research in collection, data processing, management and dissemination-enabling technologies. The projects are expected to last "no longer than nine months" and cost no more than "$450,000," NRO documents show.
The deadline for proposals from potential researchers is 1 p.m. on Aug. 15.
Source: USA Today