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Operational Information Sharing: Working to Bring the Benefits of the Net-Centric Data Strategy to the Warfighter

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Program Decision Memorandum III directed DoD CIO to report on implementation of the Net-Centric Data Strategy. One finding was to increase efforts to bring the advantages of information sharing to the warfighter. In response, DoD CIO has identified early adopters and collaborated to understand the challenges and possible solutions for Operational Information Sharing. The report describes efforts underway by the following organizations to improve information sharing Defense Technical Information Center Knowledge and Information Fusion Exchange Intelligence Community Enterprise Solutions USNORTHCOM Information Exchange Brokers. As described, a gap was found in operators knowledge of the many information sources available to them. This gap is a result of many factors including the number of information sources, the number of technologies, and the expertise needed. To narrow this gap, the DOD CIO recommends 1. Explore the Combat Information Specialist role with USNORTHCOM and an additional COCOM. Defined by the Defense Science Board and demonstrated by USNORTHCOMs Information Exchange Brokers, the combat information specialists answer, research, and anticipate questions from commanders and operational users in the field. 2. Build connections between existing information providers and the warfighters. In the short term, DoD CIO can build connections among providers and operators via outreach and support of automated approaches. In the current state-of-the-Department as described in this report, Operational Information Sharing needs human intervention to ensure that the soldiercommander has all the relevant information to inform his decisions. Work continues in the government and private industry to refine policies and exploit the tools to automate search, access control, and retrieval. In the meantime, operational information sharing focuses on brokering information to augment the information advantage the warfighter has today.

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  • Information Science
  • Military Intelligence

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