Army Knowledge Online (AKO) / Defense Knowledge Online (DKO)
What is it? AKO is the largest and most mature of all Department of Defense (DoD) portals; it offers many features and capabilities that are not available on other portals across DoD and has been identified as the best portal in DoD. Using a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) with AKO as the foundation, Defense Knowledge Online (DKO) will be established as the Joint DoD portal, and will be the interface for providing DoD users with the services needed to accomplish their mission. DKO will consist of a personalized, user-defined, web-based presentation that allows for secure access to enterprise services, applications and content. It will provide warfighters, policy makers, and support personnel with portal capabilities as well as a platform to launch the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) and other Service, Agency and Combatant Command core enterprise services. Once established, DKO will become DoD's catalyst to achieve its goals of net-centricity, adaptability, interoperability, and cross-domain information sharing.
What has the Army done? The Army has teamed with DISA, Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), and other DoD Services, Agencies, and Components to implement a governance structure lead by a Joint Chief Information Officer (CIO)-level Board of Directors, which is currently chaired by the Army CIO/G-6. The subordinate Boards include a Governance Board, Technology Review Board, and a Resources & Requirements Board. The Army has entered into Memorandums of Agreement and Inter-Service Support Agreements with DISA and is currently finalizing these with the other participants. The boards have collected and prioritized requirements and the Board of Directors has validated the AKO solution as the agreed upon model for DKO.
What continued efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army is working with the other Services, Agencies and Components to develop the DKO concept of operations as well as their respective migration strategies to DKO. In addition, the Army is looking to expand DKO partnerships to include other federal, state, and local government agencies. The Army CIO/G-6 and DISA, through DKO/DKO-SIPRNET, have already formed initial agreements with the U.S. Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence to plan for future access to content, services, and applications through DKO.
Why is this important to the Army? For the Army, an SOA-enabled DKO will provide warfighters with an enterprise portal capability that can adapt and change as quickly as required to outpace battlefield challenges. The Warfighter needs to be able to access critical knowledge and information resident in multiple databases, applications and domains. DKO will provide Warfighters with the ability to access and display information and knowledge, from multiple data sources, in a Joint environment. For DoD, DKO will reduce the cost of maintaining separate portals, applications, and services. The cost associated with maintaining an enterprise application portfolio will be reduced substantially. DKO will provide integrated and proven capabilities and functionality from existing DoD portals and allow for knowledge sharing and collaboration across the entire DoD enterprise.