Struggling with Excellence in All We Do: Is the Lure of New Technology Affecting How We Process Out Members' Information
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Inaccurate Department of Defense member information poses a significant threat to mission accomplishment. Natural disasters and threats to homeland security have amplified the need to account for military members and their families. Unfortunately, the way members information is managed today is far too complex and riddled with risk. Why is a members information duplicated across multiple disparate databases To better assure the military is prepared before disasters strike, the Air Force should minimize duplicate data fields across multiple Military Personnel databases. The purpose of this paper is to provide a viable solution within a given set of constrains that the Air Force can implement.Utilizing the problem solution method, this paper identified gaps such as multiple systems having duplicate data fields, databases not able to talk to each other, and continuously changing information. After evaluating multiple alternatives, it was determined the Air Force should combine technologies that are currently in use in the civilian sector. Utilizing the best of multiple technologies would reduce the risk of implementing only one alternative, ultimately leading to a viable integrated solution that will be considered the real source of truth. This single source of truth will maximize auditability, reduce cost through the phasing out of legacy systems, reduce keying errors and improve data confidence to ultimately improve mission capability.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Computer Programming and Software