Data modernization is critical for agency success and today’s leaders, like the U.S. Air Force’s CDO, know this to be true. When data is modernized, it breaks down siloes making information more easily shared and managed. From there, it’s better able to enhance initiatives and agency goals, goals like the U.S. Air Force’s plan to bolster strategic airlift capabilities.
“There are others out there who wish us harm,” explained General Jacqueline Van Ovost, Commander of Air Mobility Command. “We must get the data advantage. What we deal in is physics. We need to solve the problem better with new ideas and with the data. [With data as a backbone we’re better able to] understand and sense what’s going on around us.
The U.S. Military’s Joint All-Domain Command-and-Control (JADC2) concept is a prime example of data modernization and will be a driving force behind bolstering the Air Force’s strategic airlift capabilities. Connecting sensors from all areas of the military into one single network, it helps to enhance insight as the Air Force moves material and weaponry, in addition to personnel, across the world.
According to the Congressional Research Service, “JADC2 envisions providing a cloud-like environment for the joint force to share intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data, transmitting across many communications networks, to enable faster decision-making [and greater insight].” With JADC2 better decision-making is enabled by collecting data across the Department of Defense (DoD), processing this data using artificial intelligence (AI), and then making recommendations.
“Whether it’s in relation to its use for the DoD as a whole or just the Air Force’s strategic airlift capabilities, JADC2 represents data modernization at its finest. The concept truly makes for better and more accurate decision-making by, first and foremost, making information accessible to today’s warfighters who can enhance initiatives – like carrying personnel and mission critical equipment across the globe– using quantitative data,” explained Nicholas Speece, Chief Federal Technologist at Snowflake. Speece will speak alongside a panel of experts during Snowflake’s October Data Champions 2020.
Data Champions is a monthly, virtual meet-up series designed to foster collaboration and learning about data challenges and solutions for federal agencies. This month’s meetup will include insight from Colonel Charles Destefani, Chief Architect and AFMC Liaison Officer, Air Force CDO and Justin Neroda, Vice President, AI Practice Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton. Together they’ll discuss perspectives and insights on DoD data modernization and how the Air Force is focused on providing cybersecure, cloud-based tools to connect, find, and share data to improve readiness and mission success.
As JADC2 demonstrates, data sharing and management is key for federal agencies. However, in order for data sharing and management to be possible, federal agencies – and in particular DoD agencies – must keep data modernization at the forefront. In doing so, mission success is not only attainable, but guaranteed.
You can register for the October Data Champions event, here.