Linking, Indexing, and Validating Overseas Information Operations Courses of Action

The Situation

Company Intelligence Support Teams (CoISTs) personnel face a huge responsibility in tactical reporting. Intelligence personnel frequently state they are flooded with too much data. With current counterinsurgency missions, it can be difficult to interpret all the collected data and relate it to mission goals.

The Charles River Analytics Solution

Charles River is designing and developing a system for linking, indexing, and validating overseas information operations (IO) courses of action (LIVIO). LIVIO is a DARPA-funded effort to address the military's increasing dependence on IO. Michael Farry, a senior scientist at Charles River explained, "LIVIO guides CoISTs through the process. CoISTs have access to many information sources. Their analysis must focus on what company commanders, platoon leaders, and intelligence officers need to know. It can be a daunting task to synthesize information from all the available sources for these different audiences. LIVIO provides a single application they can use to perform analysis and export products tailored to individual needs."

Through a unique, guided process, LIVIO helps support information and operational requirements, manage collections, access requests, and disseminate information. This figure shows LIVIO's sample templates available to help a user determine which questions to ask.


LIVIO is built upon Charles River's Metronome™, a rich-client application framework that enables developers to create powerful, easy-to-use interfaces.

The Benefit

LIVIO provides CoIST analysts with a tool to help them provide tactical reports up to battalions and Brigade Combat Teams (BCT). It also assists the CoIST in prebriefing and debriefing platoons and the company commander.


This material is based upon work supported by The United States Army Research, Development & Engineering Command under Contract No.W31P4Q-09-C-0378. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Army Research, Development & Engineering Command.

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