How the DoD and intelligence community can use low code analytics for mission success

March 11, 2021 | 3 minute read
Scott Gaetjen
VP, Cloud Chief Architect, Oracle National Security Group
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I was recently interviewed by Dr. Marty Trevino about the vast amounts of data the Intelligence Community agencies collect and analyze to support its missions. Our discussion centered on the use cases of the U.S. National Security Community and how Oracle Cloud’s cutting-edge capabilities can be a transformative catalyst. While our discussion centered around infinitely scalability and the ability to run enormous workloads, we also discussed Oracle’s ability to manage both structured and unstructured data as well as Oracle’s advanced analytics capabilities.


We began our discussion with National Security use cases and the directive that the IC tackle tough problems, using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to make sense of vast multi-dimensional data in all of its forms.[1] In this blog, I want to focus on getting analytics in the hands of users and increasing productivity with low code analytics.


Data is said to be the “new oil,” but that’s not exactly right. More accurately, I believe data is the new prima material, and analytics is our modern alchemy. With this as our starting place, let me explain Oracle’s approach to analytics. The goal is to get analytics out of IT and into the hands of analysts, managers, and executives. If you’re a data scientist and use low-code analytics tools instead of writing your own Python scripts, you can keep your focus on the mission. If you don’t have to ask IT to run reports or analyze a data set because you can do it yourself, you can gain insights more quickly. That boost in productivity to accomplish the mission is huge for the intelligence community. Having a native ability to run advanced analytics as well as fully customize an analytics environment using R, custom scripts, or ML is the key to discovery and maintaining an edge over an adversary.


How the U.S. military can Increasing productivity with low code analytics

Customers who use Oracle Analytics Cloud and Oracle Analytics Server have embedded ML and AI which is the same functionality regardless of your technology stack.  My national security customers like it because they can mash up data from different sources, and not just Oracle databases … Hive, Spark … you name it … all different types. They can gain insights and provide stunning, interactive visualizations without having to code. 


For example, if you have an address or dates, you can geo-code data or extract similar data points with more than 20 geographic and demographic reference points. You can find key drivers with statistical correlations as well as anomalies for additional analysis.  There are Python scripts and more than 10 ML algorithms built-in, so it’s a low-code environment. All of the functionality is available for your data regardless of the source. It’s really quite powerful. Oracle’s focus on creating a low-code environment presents a unique opportunity to increase productivity in all areas but, in particular, where high turnover of personnel is a challenge. The U.S. military is a prime candidate to capitalize on this capability as its personnel rotates to new positions every 18 months. This means constant training cycles to improve skills and expertise while getting the mission done. Cutting edge analytics concepts like low-code environments translate directly into higher productivity and better results.


Watch the Predictive Analytics for Defense and Intelligence panel discussion  

Watch the replay of David Spirk, Chief Data Officer, Department of Defense, Michael Joy, Sr. Director, IDEMIA, Glen Dodson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle National Security, and other leading national security leaders, for a discussion on Predictive Analytics for Defense and Intelligence agencies. This one-hour session was held, March 23, 2021. To view the webinar, please register at:


Try Oracle Cloud free tier today

Many of my friends in the national security community work mission during the day and ‘tinker’ with data at night.  You can build, test, and deploy applications on Oracle Cloud through a free trial or visit for more information.








[1] Derived from: Strategic Plan to Advance Cloud Computing in the Intelligence Community

Scott Gaetjen

VP, Cloud Chief Architect, Oracle National Security Group

Scott Gaetjen has more than 30 years of experience in delivering large-scale, accredited systems for customers in the intelligence, defense and civilian government space. Scott has assisted CIA programs to architect solutions with Oracle’s diverse analytical and security product portfolio. As a Chief Cloud Architect, Mr. Gaetjen is the technical liaison to Oracle cloud development/engineering to exchange requirements, roadmaps, new technologies and trends to deliver the cloud capabilities the IC requires. He partners with the IC CTO and Tech Directors on new requirements and provides technical oversight of customer transitions to the Oracle Cloud. Scott holds a B.S. in Mathematics from James Madison University and an M.S. in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College.

Scott is the co-inventor of several patents related to Oracle’s security technologies and has co-authored two books on Oracle Security.


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