Dave Spirk: DoD’s Data Strategy Focuses on Warfighters, Decision-Makers

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Dave Spirk
Dave Spirk Chief Data Officer DoD

Dave Spirk, chief data officer at the Department of Defense (DoD), said DoD’s new Data Strategy focuses on the needs of service personnel and senior leaders involved in decision-making, Nextgov reported Thursday.

“Previously, we focused on ensuring that there were networks and transports to send packages of information and data, when and where it needed to go,” Spirk said Wednesday at a National Defense Industrial Association symposium. “When we talk about inside out, we're really talking about putting the warfighter and the senior leader who needs to make a better decision at the center of everything.”

DoD released in early October 2020 the Data Strategy to help the department transform into a data-centric organization that considers data as a strategic resource critical to maintaining operational advantage on the battlefield.

Spirk cited the lack of systems interoperability and enterprise data management as some of the hurdles to the strategy’s implementation and how the strategy addresses the Joint All-Domain Operations Command and Control concept.

“When you lay the data strategy out, and you really go to the principles inside of it, I think what you'll see even down to the vision statement is it really is about creating operational advantage and efficiencies,” Spirk said. “The operational advantage puts JADC2 right at the heart of the data strategy, and it was designed to be that way.”

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