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  • 1.  DoD Data Strategy

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    Hi All,

    The Dod has published its Data Strategy.

    The DoD Data Strategy supports the National Defense Strategy and Digital Modernization by providing the overarching vision, focus areas, guiding principles, essential capabilities, and goals necessary to transform the Department into a data-centric enterprise. Success cannot be taken for granted…it is the responsibility of all DoD leaders to treat data as a weapon system and manage, secure, and use data for operational effect.
    Vision: DoD is a data-centric organization that uses data at speed and scale for operational advantage and increased efficiency.

    Focus Areas: The strategy emphasizes the need to work closely with users in the operational community, particularly the warfighter. Initial areas of focus include:
    - Joint All Domain Operations – using data for an advantage on the battlefield
    - Senior Leader Decision Support – using data to improve DoD management
    - Business Analytics – using data to drive informed decisions at all echelons

    8 Guiding Principles that are foundational to all data efforts in the DoD:
    1.) Data is a Strategic Asset – DoD data is a high-interest commodity and must be leveraged in a way that brings both immediate and lasting military advantage.
    2.) Collective Data Stewardship – DoD must assign data stewards, data custodians, and a set of functional data managers to achieve accountability throughout the entire data lifecycle.
    3.) Data Ethics – DoD must put ethics at the forefront of all thought and actions as it relates to how data is collected, used, and stored.
    4.) Data Collection – DoD must enable the electronic collection of data at the point of creation and maintain the pedigree of that data at all times.
    5.) Enterprise-Wide Data Access and Availability – DoD data must be made available for use by all authorized individuals and non-person entities through appropriate mechanisms.
    6.) Data for Artificial Intelligence Training – Data sets for A.I. training and algorithmic models will increasingly become the DoD's most valuable digital assets and we must create a framework for managing them across the data lifecycle that provides protected visibility and responsible brokerage.
    7.) Data Fit for Purpose – DoD must carefully consider any ethical concerns in data, collection, sharing, use, rapid data integration as well as minimization of any sources of unintended bias.
    8.) Design for Compliance – DoD must implement IT solutions that provide an opportunity to fully automate the information management lifecycle, properly secure data, and maintain end-to-end records management.

    4 Essential Capabilities necessary to enable all goals:
    1.) Architecture – DoD architecture, enabled by enterprise cloud and other technologies, must allow pivoting on data more rapidly than adversaries are able to adapt.
    2.) Standards – DoD employs a family of standards that include not only commonly recognized approaches for the management and utilization of data assets, but also proven and successful methods for representing and sharing data.
    3.) Governance – DoD data governance provides the principles, policies, processes, frameworks, tools, metrics, and oversight required to effectively manage data at all levels, from creation to disposition.
    4.) Talent and Culture – DoD workforce (Service Members, Civilians, and Contractors at every echelon) will be increasingly empowered to work with data, make data-informed decisions, create evidence-based policies, and implement effectual processes.

    7 Goals (aka, VAULTIS) we must achieve to become a data-centric DoD:
    1.) Make Data Visible – Consumers can locate the needed data.
    2.) Make Data Accessible – Consumers can retrieve the data.
    3.) Make Data Understandable – Consumers can recognize the content, context, and applicability.
    4.) Make Data Linked – Consumers can exploit data elements through innate relationships.
    5.) Make Data Trustworthy – Consumers can be confident in all aspects of data for decision-making.
    6.) Make Data Interoperable – Consumers have a common representation/ comprehension of data.
    7.) Make Data Secure – Consumers know that data is protected from unauthorized use/manipulation.

    Way Ahead:
    To implement this Strategy, Components will develop measurable Data Strategy Implementation Plans, overseen by the DoD CDO and DoD Data Council. The data governance community and user communities will continue to partner to identify challenges, develop solutions, and share best practices for all data stakeholders.

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    Michael Roza CPA, CISA, CIA, MBA, Exec MBA
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