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The DoD of Tomorrow – GovLoop

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In 2015, we still talk about wars that started in the early 2000s, manage tense state relations first established during the Cold War, and leverage weapon systems built to combat the Axis powers.

But don’t be fooled. The mission and tactics of the Department of Defense are changing — and fast.

In his first letter to DoD personnel, Secretary Ash Carter impressed the need for transformation in stating, “We must be open to change in order to operate effectively in an increasingly dynamic world; to keep pace with advances in technology; and to attract new generations of talented and dedicated Americans to our calling.”

Yet for the United States’ oldest and largest government agency, change is no easy task. More than 3 million personnel span every time zone and leverage a wide variety of technologies and tactics to achieve a fluid mission.

So what will it take to transform DoD?

Any modifications to strategy or operations will have to be comprehensive and scalable. In this guide, we examine how:

  • Improved operations will create a more agile, data-driven defense strategy
  • New technologies will offer strategic advantage in every battle space
  • Enhanced workforce tactics will recruit and train the next-generation warfighter
  • Revamped acquisition programs will ensure ongoing transformation

In order to accomplish real change, DoD will dedicate significant resources to overhauling every component of its organization. This guide offers examples of current initiatives and explores how the Pentagon will transform American defense.


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Data Flood: Helping the Navy Address the Rising Tide of Sensor Information

Data Flood: Helping the Navy Address the Rising Tide of Sensor Information
Source: RAND Corporation

In the U.S. Navy, there is a growing demand for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data, which help Navy commanders obtain situational awareness and help Navy vessels perform a host of mission-critical tasks. The amount of data generated by ISR sensors has, however, become overwhelming, and Navy analysts are struggling to keep pace with this data flood. Their challenges include extremely slow download times, workstations cluttered with applications, and stovepiped databases and networks — challenges that are only going to intensify as the Navy fields new and additional sensors in the coming years. Indeed, if the Navy does not change the way it collects, processes, exploits, and disseminates information, it will reach an ISR “tipping point” — the point at which its analysts are no longer able to complete a minimum number of exploitation tasks within given time constraints — as soon as 2016.

The authors explore options for solving the Navy’s “big data” challenge, considering changes across four dimensions: people, tools and technology, data and data architectures, and demand and demand management. They recommend that the Navy pursue a cloud solution — a strategy similar to those adopted by Google, the Intelligence Community, and other large organizations grappling with big data’s challenges and opportunities.

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NextGov: Congress Directs the Pentagon to Appoint a Cyber Czar


The new position would have a broad portfolio, including oversight of all cyber missions, both offensive and defensive.

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