The International Technology Alliance in Network and Information Sciences (ITA) is a collaborative research alliance between the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) and US Army Research Laboratory (US ARL), and a consortium of leading academic and industry partners. The ITA programme started on May 12, 2006 with the strategic goal of producing fundamental advances in information and network sciences that will enhance decision making for coalition operations and enable rapid, secure formation of ad hoc teams in coalition environments and enhance US and UK capabilities to conduct coalition warfare. The first phase of the ITA programme finished in 2011, and now the programme is in its second phase (May 2011-May 2016).
The ITA consortium is led by IBM - with one of the largest and most admired commercial research and development (R&D) programmes in the world. The consortium includes recognised military domain experts including some of the major defence system integrators in the US (Raytheon BBN Technologies, The Boeing Company, Honeywell, Applied Research Associates) and UK ((LogicaCMG, Roke Manor Research Limited, SEA). The academic partners include top-notch universities both in US (Carnegie Mellon University; City University of New York; Columbia University; Pennsylvania State University; Rensselaer Polytechnique Institute; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and in UK (Cranfield University; Imperial College, London; Royal Holloway; University of London; University of Aberdeen; University of Cambridge; University of Southampton; University of York).
Text from US UK ITA.