The Network



The company says its Tartan software has been used by the U.S. national security community to track illicit networks, by identifying key people in the organization, and to predict emergent leaders. Like other dynamic network analysis software. The software can also identify “key voices within allied and adversarial populations,” and be also be used to uncover “hidden” relationships, or identify people using aliases according to the company. “Tartan translates responses into mathematical values, providing quantitative output and an interactive network graph that displays human terrain as a product of observed contacts and relationships,” says the company’s brochure, published by the Wall Street Journal.

Ntrepid Tartan Quantifying Influence

Source(s): Wall Street Journal


In 2011, a contract announcement placed on the Federal Business Opportunities website revealed that U.S. Central Command was buying software called Persona that would allow U.S. military personnel to create fake online personas so that they can infiltrate social media websites without betraying their military connections. The software, appropriately called Persona, allows the creation of 10 online personas per user, “replete with background, history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographically consistent,” according to an official description posted on a government website. The software is made by a California-based company called Ntrepid. “The technology supports classified blogging activities on foreign-language websites to enable Centcom to counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda outside the US,” U.S. Central Command spokesman Commander Bill Speaks told the Guardian. The software is aimed at foreign language sites, according to Speaks, and would not be used to target U.S. audiences or U.S.-based websites.

Source(s): Federal Business OpportunitiesGuardianThe Washington Post