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Data Integration: Charting a Path Forward to 2035

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Technical Report

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Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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In 2035, intelligence collection systems will include autonomous systems from the size of bugs to blimps, each equipped with multiple sensors. These systems will be trustable, flexible, survivable, composible, and agile.2 The future collection suite will build on many platforms in use today, to include the Global Hawk, Reaper, and Predator Remotely Piloted Aircraft RPAs. These diverse sensors platforms will be complemented by exponentially expanding storage and computing capabilities capable of emulating human intelligence.3 Artificial intelligence will enable the integrated platform and sensor family to analyze, form opinions, make recommendations, and task collection. In this brave new world, data will be the coin of the realm. But, how do we best make use of this heterogeneous and ever expanding data The Air Force and Department of Defense DoD as a whole would benefit greatly from an increased focus on data integration as a strategic enabler. Well-executed data integration saves limited personnel resources and contributes to knowledge creation. Data integration solutions that are designed to evolve from the outset offer the best potential for quick response and acquisition savings.

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