The Pentagon is stealing a page from Minority Report with an experimental artificial-intelligence program that can look 'days in advance' and predict possible attacks on vulnerable locations.
The Global Information Dominance Experiments, or GIDE, use machine learning to sift through vast amounts of data to notice tiny changes that humans might miss - such as the number of cars increasing or decreasing in a parking lot - which might indicate an evolving threat.
The program can then alert human agents who can take a closer look at the location.
The latest experiment - GIDE 3 - focused on 'contested logistics', in a scenario where lines of communication in the Panama Canal were compromised, military officials said.
General Glen VanHerck, commander of the US Northern Command (NORTHCOM), said GIDE combines artificial intelligence and cloud computing resources with data from sources around the world to 'achieve information dominance' and 'decision-making superiority.'
Completed earlier this month, the third test of GIDE was conducted in conjunction with all 11 US combatant commands 'collaborating in the same information space using the same exact capabilities', he told a press conference.
The new system represents a 'leap forward in our ability to maintain domain awareness, achieve information dominance, and provide decision superiority in