Malaysian defence, security curriculum to use IBM analytics
By Digital News Asia October 25, 2013
- i2 software to be used to in teaching defence strategy, military intelligence analysis, counter intelligence, etc.
- Undergrads will be able to quickly identify connections, patterns and trends in complex data sets, IBM says
IBM and Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM or the National Defence University of Malaysia) have announced a collaboration to incorporate IBM’s intelligence software syllabus into the latter’s defence and security curriculum.
The collaboration, part of IBM’s Academic Initiative programme, entails providing IBM i2 software and courseware to UPNM’s Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Defence Science and Technology.
The IBM i2 software will be used to enhance the teaching of defence strategy, military intelligence analysis, counter intelligence, and border and tactical security in the faculty’s bachelor degree programme for defence science and technology, the tech giant said in a statement.
In addition to providing complimentary software, IBM will also train the faculty members on how to use the IBM i2 software to teach.
The faculty has an annual intake of 150 students a year who undertake the three-year bachelor degree programme.
“This collaboration complements UPNM’s mission to be Malaysia’s premier defence university in terms of education, training and knowledge creation,” said its Vice Chancellor, General Zulkifli Zainal Abidin.
“Equipping the Malaysian armed forces and law enforcement with proven analytical tools will help contribute towards a solid foundation and help secure national sovereignty,” he added.
IBM said its i2 tool delivers multidimensional analytical and visualisation capabilities, coupled with real-time dissemination of intelligence and information, to support virtually every phase of the armed forces mission.
With IBM i2, undergraduates at UPNM would be able to quickly identify connections, patterns and trends in complex data sets that will yield faster analysis results, strategic reports and bulletins, the company claimed.
Currently 25 of the 28 NATO member countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany, use IBM i2 solutions to help equip front-line troops with the right information at the right time.
UPNM was formerly known as Akademi Tentera Malaysia (ATMA) or the Malaysian Armed Forces Academy, which was established in 1995. The institution is responsible for upgrading the knowledge and academic status of the armed forces by offering bachelor degree courses in engineering, sciences, management and medicine, while not neglecting the basic requirements of military training.
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