Proof of Concept Assessment for the Use of Natural Language Processing to Maintain and Update the DoD Technologies Knowledge Base (DTKB)

December, 2015
IDA document: D-5685
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Documents
Division: Information Technology and Systems Division
Robert Rolfe, Steven P. Wartik, Francisco L. Loaiza-Lemos, Anna Vasilyeva, Thi U Tran See more authors
In 2013 the sponsor asked the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) to conduct a study regarding possible courses of action in order to answer an inquiry into the status of the MCTL activities by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Among the various COAs explored IDA recommended: to re-invent, in the near term, the MCTL as a shared and integrated set of existing information sources — thereby creating a common, dynamic, classified, proprietary, DoD technologies knowledge base (DTKB) reflecting technology velocity, trajectory and disruptive changes to support stakeholders, communities of interest, and other SMEs. In 2014 the sponsor provided initial funding to explore possible implementations of the DTKB concept. This report describes the results obtained pertaining to the use of natural language processing (NLP) technologies to maintain and update a future DTKB.