2013 Fed 100

Federal 100: Irving "Mac" Townsend

Irving Townsend

Name: Irving "Mac" Townsend
Title: Senior Technical Officer for Data Management
Agency: Defense Intelligence Agency

Orion's founding father. Extracting actionable intelligence in a sea of information is a top challenge for analysts and others in the defense community. Enter Townsend, who in the span of 16 months led the building of Orion, a key system for fusing, interpreting and visualizing data. With capabilities for tagging, commenting and highlighting information, Orion is built on open-source technology and is flexible enough to deploy worldwide. "The insights garnered from Orion will help prevent strategic surprise and deliver a decision advantage to warfighters, defense planners and policy-makers," said Karina Babcock, customer programs and marketing manager at Cloudera.

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