For 2018, LAS will be supporting five mission-relevant examples (“exemplars”) each with multiple projects. All LAS projects are mission-relevant, which means that they consider questions of interest to the Intelligence Community (IC). For a high-level description of current IC priorities, see the National Intelligence Strategy of the United State of America 2014. Almost all of the work done at LAS is unclassified. LAS projects are selected to be at the intersection of technology and tradecraft, where tradecraft is end-to-end process an intelligence analyst uses to answer questions. We are interested in understanding what analysts do and in applying technology to allow analysts to do their work better. In addition, we select projects where collaboration among academia, industry, and government allows us to apply the latest research to IC problems and rapidly prototype solutions. LAS prototyping spans a large spectrum, from writing a new research paper, to creating a new analytic technique or tradecraft, developing a specific analytic, or creating a research prototype. At LAS, therefore, prototypes can include such items as documented workflows, storyboards, training aids, implemented technological components, or initially prototyped systems.
One of the many things that makes LAS different is the collaboration model we employ. At LAS, we pride ourselves on our model of “immersive collaboration.” What that means is that you will work closely with other collaborators from either academia, government, and/or industry on your project throughout the year. Our goal is to make sure that you have every opportunity to understand the context in which your work applies and to collaborate with other subject matter experts throughout the year.