Integrated Crisis Early Warning System (ICEWS) Trending, Recognition, & Assessment of Current Events (iTRACE) provides a fully automated capability to monitor political activity around the globe This is accomplished by automatically converting news reports into structured indices that reflect the character and intensity of interactions between key leaders, organizations, and countries —who is doing what to whom, when, where and how around the world. Users from various military, government, and intelligence communities are using iTRACE to create analytical products. iTRACE was transitioned into US Strategic Command’s Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network (ISPAN) framework in the Spring of 2012 on both SIPR and JWICS. This capability coupled with other W-ICEWS components are available on SOUTHCOM’s unclassified W-ICEWS servers for test and evaluation.
Using a variety of text analytics tools, iTRACE automatically ingests and processes news stories (currently more than 30 million since 2001) from a variety of international, regional, national, and local news sources (currently more than 6000) to build a database of coded event data. This data then drives dynamic operator (e.g. PACOM country desk officer) displays showing recent trends in events by type, participants (countries, groups, and individuals), intensity, etc. The operators are able to view the data in graph, timeline and map views to aid in situation understanding and tracking. Operators are able to drill down into the underlying data within iTRACE to include the original news stories. Other capabilities such as the Event Browser allow unparalleled access to the event data that allows the data to be filtered, sliced and diced, and presented as desired.
Key Features and Benefits
- Operators view events in graphs, timelines, and maps.
- Drill-down is available to the underlying news stories.
- Operators can quickly understand what is happening in a country or region and warns them of instability precursors.
- Views allow analysis of the AOR as a whole, region or country.
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