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Data Transparency: Empowering Decisionmakers

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Todays U.S. Air Force operates in a world of diverse threats marked by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, unconventional warfare, enemy countermeasures, and cyber attacks moving at the speed of light. We have taken many small steps over the last 10 years to migrate stovepiped systems that do not share information toward an environment where we can fuse and use data on demand. In the end, it is all about the data -- at least when it is presented as decision-quality, actionable information. Turning data into knowledge requires advanced data management strategies. Toward this end, the Air Force is transforming the current paradigm of developing and supporting isolated information systems connected by myriad interfaces to a network-centric approach based on the development and use of services, known as a service-oriented architecture SOA. In an SOA environment, core services such as security, discovery, collaboration, and others are reused across multiple users and domains. This service-oriented environment requires a robust, secure, singularly managed infrastructure. To support this requirement, the Air Force is developing a capability module approach to share information across functional communities. These capability modules are determined based on the communitys needs and will be built gradually and affordably. In August 2006, the Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Wynne, chartered the Transparency Integrated Process Team TIPT to govern the Data Transparency initiative. The TIPT addresses the need to rapidly share information with DoD, allies, and coalition partners by requiring the Air Force to make data visible, accessible, and understandable through a common vocabulary. Data Transparency helps operational commanders make more informed decisions by providing them access to authoritative, timely, and relevant information.

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  • Information Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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