Accession Number:

ADA582299

Title:

Acquiring the Data Needed to Support Defense Transformation

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY

Report Date:

2010-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

There are several systems that are evolving to support the operational data needs of the warfighter. These include the Combined Information Data Network CIDNE, Tactical Ground Reporting TIGR, and the Civil Affairs Operating System CAOS. However, there are several problems in dealing with these systems with respect to the analyst s needs. For example, the data that are collected by these systems are too atomistic, there are inadequate mechanisms for rolling up the data to deal with strategic questions, and the data are not used to project effectively into the future. The objective of this paper is to explore the data needs for analysts to support senior decision makers in the context of Irregular Warfare IW and Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction SSTR operations. To focus the effort, consideration is given to the issues posed by senior decision makers for Afghanistan-Pakistan. The result of the study is to formulate recommendations to provide the data needed by analysts to support senior decision makers. To achieve that objective, the paper has adopted the following approach. First, it began with the twenty one questions posed by Major General Flynn, CJ2, International Security Assistance Force ISAF. Second, it restructured the questions to identify sub-themes associated with these questions. This restructuring gave rise to the following sub-themes narrative shaping and strategic communication economics and corruption security situational awareness Taliban-related and rule of law, norm building, and governance. Each of the questions was analyzed to identify the data that are needed to address these questions. Subsequently, the paper identifies actions to implement these data actions. It critically assesses the recent proposal by MG Flynn to revise the intelligence process and it addresses several forthcoming data activities. In summary, this paper identifies a set of data actions that are need to support the analyst in addressin

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE