by Nicole Sokolowski
The Department of Defense (DoD) Data Strategy, which focuses on transforming DoD into a data-driven organization, supports the National Defense Strategy and Digital Modernization. According to the DoD Vision, it is essential that DoD, as a data-centric organization, uses data to increase efficiency and operational advantage.
Focus areas include working with data users in the operational community to use data to (1) improve DoD management (e.g., senior leaders’ decision support) and (2) make informed decisions (e.g., business analytics capabilities).
The DoD Vision sees DoD as a data-centric organization, using data to increase efficiency and operational advantage.
Key guiding principles underlying DoD data efforts embrace:
Essential capabilities for goal accomplishment include:
Within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, the Office of Acquisition Data and Analytics (ADA) plays a major role in supporting DoD’s efforts to improve data analytics. According to its website, ADA helps address the challenges, solutions and best practices of all DoD data stakeholders. ADA also enables data visualization, machine learning and data analytics.
The Office of Acquisition Data and Analytics (ADA) enables data visualization, machine learning and data analytics for the DoD.
As the DoD and Electrosoft embrace the growing importance of data analytics, there is much to be learned about this field. Luckily, there are a number of training opportunities available (many are free). Advana offers free training material (see the text box for a link to the Advana Access Request Guide). In addition, the Defense Acquisition University offers classes on a variety of subjects including data science, machine learning and other data analytics topics.
Defense Acquisition University | https://www.dau.edu
Office of Acquisition Data and Analytics (ADA) | https://www.acq.osd.mil/asda/ae/ada/index.html
Office of Acquisition Data and Analytics (ADA) | Advana | https://www.acq.osd.mil/asda/ae/ada/data-analytics.html
U.S. Department of Defense | DoD Data Strategy | https://media.defense.gov/2020/Oct/08/2002514180/-1/-1/0/DOD-DATA-STRATEGY.PDF