NGA’s Maritime Safety Office Moves Production to the Unclassified Cloud: Enterprise Engine – Notice to Mariners (E2-NtM)

Authors: Alison Carisio*,
Topics: Marine and Coastal Resources
Keywords: NGA, Maritime, Safety of Navigation, Unclassified Cloud
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The Maritime Safety Office (MSO) within the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) provides global maritime geospatial intelligence in support of national security objectives including Safety of Navigation (SoN), international obligations, and joint military operations. A major function of the MSO is to produce a weekly Notice to Mariners (NtM) publication that advises mariners of important matters affecting navigational safety needed to keep hard copy nautical charts accurate between new editions. The newly operational Enterprise Engine – Notice to Mariners (E2-NtM), hosted in the unclassified cloud, modernizes a 150 year old process used to ingest source data in 14 languages, from 75 countries. E2-NtM utilizes natural language translation algorithms to read documents in multiple formats and populates recognized maritime symbols, numbers, and words into a database. The data are displayed in a GIS-enabled workspace, replacing the need for analysts to scrutinize numerous pages of source data and charts. Actions are stored as electronic legal records, which can be transferred digitally to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), eliminating the need to maintain manually annotated hard copy records. With time, E2-NtM will use machine learning to suggest draft notices for publication, allowing for analyst correction or approval instead of analyst creation. The current rate of ingested source data far exceeds the human production capacity in NGA’s Maritime Safety Office. E2-NtM automates repetitive tasks and allows NGA to more easily target the priority areas of operation for the Combatant Commands (CCMD) and US Navy, thus increasing the satisfaction rate of customer requirements.

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