There are tens of thousands of 'websites of interest', the various social media, and billions of discussions online with growth trending upward every day. Hidden inside these massive unstructured data sets are important relevant insights with the potential of providing critical situational awareness to intelligence analysts.
New proven technologies (the Cloud and applications; natural language processing and text analytics; predictive analytics, etc.) have been developed that are turning Big Data chaos into a rich resource of information and insight for industry.
The Intelligence Community needs to adopt Listening Analytics technologies to support the analysts and exploit the Big Data environment. It is an established "best practice" in industry achieving speed, relevancy, accuracy and scale.