The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) was founded in 2013 by the National Security Agency to be a mission-oriented, translational research laboratory in support of the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. We focus on satisfying the short and long-term future needs of intelligence analysts who must make sense of large volumes of data and share information in new ways. We are a unique organization that works at the intersection of mission and technology and works to develop new analytic tradecraft, techniques, and technology that help intelligence analysts better perform complex, integrated analysis. We do this by bringing together researchers, technologists, and practitioners from government, industry, and academia to deliver tools, techniques, technologies, and tradecraft that are informed by mission needs, advance the state-of-the-art, and create demonstrable results against real-world mission challenges. Our work covers the spectrum from basic science to applied solutions.
To help integrate near-term solutions and long-term scientific progress, LAS researchers and analysts often identify the best practices and technologies from government, industry, and academia across multiple disciplines. We use an immersive collaboration model that brings together researchers and mission analysts with multidisciplinary teams from social sciences, humanities, design, math, engineering, computer science, and others to create tradecraft, tools, and techniques that are used to discover, understand, and report key insights across the IC. We are also engaged in research to better understand human cognition, decision-making, and sensemaking to support design of analytic techniques and technical capabilities that will improve analysts’ ability to interpret, analyse, and assess large volumes of often disparate data. These teams of industry, academic, and government partners work side-by-side to create results that enhance how analysts defend and protect the nation through integrated and innovative analysis.
LAS researchers and analysts identify the best practices and technologies from government, industry, and academia across multiple disciplines, to help integrate both near-term solutions and long-term scientific progress that will enable future results. In the short term, LAS aims to exist at the nexus of rapid technology insertion and prototyping/productizing, where the capabilities become widely accessible and are often combined in novel ways to achieve new breakthroughs. LAS development efforts for mission-inspired technology have touched many domains ranging from tactical military, cyber, force protection, indications and warning, and large international events, such as the Rio Olympics. Aligned with the ODNI and Information and Intelligence Strategic plans, LAS efforts also include a strong focus on direct knowledge sharing, training, and hands-on support to empower the analytic work force with the skills they need to succeed in this new environment.