Net-Centric Information Management
MITRE CORP BEDFORD MA
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Information sharing is a key tenet of network-centric warfare NCW. Information sharing succeeds when the right information is provided to the right people at the right time and place so that they can make the right decisions. This will not occur without an information management policy and process that is fitted to the needs of NCW -- one that is flexible, seamless, and complete. In this paper we describe the essential architecture of a net-centric information management process, one that is based on the information and data management strategy of the US Air Force. NCW is about deriving combat power from distributed interacting entities with significantly improved access to information 1. This improvement is derived in part from better communication networks, things built with cables, radio links, and TCPIP, things that deliver data bits from one networking participant to another. A more important factor in this improvement is the participants ability to find the data they need and to understand that data when they receive it. In the terms of the DoD Net-Centric Data Strategy 2, data must be visible, accessible, understandable, trusted, interoperable, and made available in response to user needs. These things will not occur without an information management policy and process that is fitted to the needs of NCW, which imposes additional demands on the activities of information management. In this paper we describe the essential architecture of a netcentric information management process from the viewpoint of governance what activities must be performed, and the rolesresponsibilities of the people and organizations that perform them.
- Information Science