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Gen. Charles Brown: Air Force Faces Data Challenge as it Works on ABMS

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Gen. Charles Brown
Gen. Charles Brown Chief of Staff U.S. Air Force

Gen. Charles "C.Q." Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), said facilitating data access and sharing is the most challenging task the service is facing as it advances the development of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) as part of the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

“If I had one key area that stands out to me, it’s how we move data,” he said Wednesday during a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies event. “We have a lot of data. …You’ve got millions of files, and all the data is there, but it’s not organized.”

Brown elaborated that he is coordinating with Will Roper, the Air Force’s assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, how to facilitate data publication to enable other services to access information when they need it.

“It’s less about connecting a specific platform to capability, but having the data out there,” Brown said. “You can always just publish your data and then those who want it can actually download and subscribe to help build their other picture a bit better.”

“We ought to have a standard that once one of us does it; it should be good for all of us,” Brown continued. “All we do is burn daylight and time and money to do extra checks. Part of that is how we do that so we can actually connect a bit faster.”