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Automated Tools to Assist FDO Duties

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2005 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
21st Century Technologies Inc.
6011 West Courtyard Drive Bldg 5, Suite 300 Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Automated Tools to Assist FDO Duties
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8750-05-C-0154
Award Amount: $99,992.00


21st Century Technologies presents the Phase I SBIR project, TEGO (from Latin, tego, to conceal, protect, shield). TEGO will analyze text messages between US and foreign coalition personnel to detect disclosure-perhaps unintentional-of sensitive information to generate an alert for a human decision maker (i.e., a Foreign Disclosure Officer or FDO). The process is currently too manual to be of effective timely use. What is needed is an automatic system that alerts human decision makers as necessary, thus providing a force multiplier to the FDOs. TEGO will automate much of the analysis of textual communication and provide the alert as information disclosure becomes an issue, thereby resulting in significantly improved security with reduced manpower. This will enable the FDOs to concentrate on the important decision-making tasks. TEGO will work by analyzing natural language text using a combination of graph matching and semantic approaches. Basically, TEGO will represent the semantic content of text in a graph structure and perform graph matching against patterns representing sensitive information. The graph structure will be built from mapping machine analyzed natural language into a semantic graph representation. An ontology will be used to understand the relationships and meanings of concepts within the domain.

Principal Investigator:

Paula deWitte
Director, New Business Development

Business Contact:

Darrin Taylor
Vice President
Small Business Information at Submission:

4515 Seton Center Parkway, Suite 320 Austin, TX 78759

EIN/Tax ID: 541719551
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No