Advanced Analytics Solutions

  • Statistical Analysis and Modeling
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence System Design and Implementation
  • Business Rule Management Systems (Prolog, Drools)
  • Programming (Fraud Framework, Enterprise Miner)
  • Large Oracle Data Warehouse
  • Centrifuge, Semantica, i2 and other analysts’ tools data integrations

Big Data Solutions

  • Modernization, Architecture, Engineering, Migration, Performance, Operations and Maintenance
  • Large Transaction Volume Optimization
  • Complex Extract, Transport, and Load (ETL) Systems
  • Enterprise Search Systems
  • SME - Oracle Exadata, Open Source Data Management Tools

System Life Cycle (SLC) Solutions

  • Custom Design and Development
  • Agile Scrum/Kanban Methodologies
  • Requirements Development and Management
  • Configuration Management
  • Quality, Testing, and Security Planning and Management
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Independent Validation and Verification (IV&V)


SDA Value-Add

  • Deep domain knowledge – Big Data, Software Development, Data Architecture
  • Ability to work from concept development to operational support
  • Several decades of experience with the evolution of targeting and risk management systems
  • Best practices in rules, alerts, and analytics systems development

SDA Technical Roles

  • Requirements and Business Analysis
  • System Architecture Development
  • Software and Web Development
  • Statistical Analysis and Modeling
  • Database Administration
  • PMMI Certified Project Management

SDA Foundational Capability

  • Requirements definition
  • Backend system architecture and integration
  • Database design and implementation
  • Data warehousing
  • Rule development
  • Modeling and advanced analytics
  • Entity resolution


For the Intelligence Community, SDA has contributed to a wide range of analysis, design, and development on a broad range of new applications to an array of disciplines, including national security, cyber security, anti-fraud, and identity management, including:

  • Responsible for identifying new and novel approaches to data understanding, especially at very large scale, using innovative data visualization techniques.
  • Provided special assistance in major cases and investigations involving very large databases, comparative data searching and data mining, data extraction, standardization, and conversion.

SDA has been involved in the development of automated targeting systems for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since their advent in 1988.

  • SDA personnel were principals in the inception of the Port of Seattle Selectivity Examiner (POSSE) in 1988, the Cargo Container Targeting Information System (CCTIS) pilot project in 1991 and its evolution into the Automated Targeting System (ATS) in 1995.
  • SDA’s foundational application of artificial intelligence techniques—including a rule-based expert system, natural language and statistical approaches, has supported building ATS into the key component to manage risk in all of CBP’s targeting domains and for both cargo and passenger border crossings.
  • In the CBP Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Directorate (TASPD), SDA staff serve in many key leadership roles including lead architect, targeting model developer, requirements and business analyst, web developer, lead database administrator, and PMI-certified project manager.

SDA evolved its core competencies in Big Data, Advanced Analytics and Systems Life Cycle over three decades, while continually advancing technologies to support CBP mission systems. Our work continues every day at CBP.


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