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Free Access to New AI Tool for Continuous Updates on Afghanistan

Brian Raymond Posted by Brian Raymond

On the heels of the rapid departure of U.S. and allied troops from Afghanistan, Primer moved quickly to provide users in the intelligence and defense communities with free access to a new AI tool that uses open source data and social media to provide near-real time situational awareness of rapidly changing environments.

Primer Command is the first machine learning tool to perform natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision inferences in near-real time to continuously structure and analyze millions of pieces of content streaming in from more than 80,000 news and social media sources in more than 100 languages.

Primer’s algorithms extract key entities such as people and organizations, de-duplicate entities, cluster related images, and detect suspected disinformation. This enables users to summarize fast-breaking events, identify relevant novel information, and enable decision makers to assess options and tradeoffs – faster, easier, and with greater accuracy than ever before.

Primer Command was developed over the past year in partnership with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command. We planned to launch the product later this year. However, the evolving situation in Afghanistan underscored the timely relevance of these capabilities for the intelligence community, so we accelerated the delivery of Primer Command into the hands of our users.

Now through the end of November, Primer users in the national security space can obtain free access to Primer Command.

Additionally, in the two weeks following the rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Primer built a new feature in Command called Tactical Insights to address the urgent need for on-the-ground information across the country. Tactical Insights leverages the full power of Primer’s machine learning library and natural language generation capabilities to automatically generate in-depth situation reports on Afghanistan at the country level and, importantly, for individual provinces.

By automatically reading, analyzing, and curating vast volumes of incoming and often conflicting news and information into concise, relevant situational reports, Primer Command arms users with the intelligence needed to make well-informed decisions in the face of shifting circumstances.

Supporting the national security mission has been a priority for Primer since our inception. We are confident Primer Command – with its top-performing named entity recognition engine as well as its geolocation and summarization capabilities – will fill a critical gap for our users who need to track and analyze rapidly changing situations such as those unfolding in Afghanistan.

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