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big data is popular (in the vernacular)

The term “big data” has popped up recently in the vernacular of an increasingly large number of leaders and writers in the defense establishment. This includes an appearance on the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) Professional Reading List in late 2017.1 What is meant by the term is still unclear though.2 In spite […]

Military Experience

Military Experience This post is under construction. AF/A5SW Wargaming Airpower Strategist (August 2016 – June 2017) USAF Academy Admissions Liaison Officer (December 2015 – present) Instructor Pilot – Columbus AFB (June 2011 – December 2015) Experimental Test Pilot – Edwards AFB (April 2007 – June 2011) Airlift Pilot – Charleston AFB (April 2003 – April […]

big data from small problems

I think one of the most surprising things about “big data” is how limited we are, when we examine the problems we normally encounter and how much data they produce rather than the size of large data sets we sometimes encounter. This anecdote describes an hypothetical computer and then defines the surprisingly small problems it […]