Edition: Thu, June 07, 2007
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Army Knowledge Online/Defense Knowledge Online

What is it? Army Knowledge On-Line (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 of breed portal in DoD. Using a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) with AKO as the model, 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's) Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) and other Service, Agency and Combatant Command Core Enterprise Services.

What has the Army done? The Army has teamed with DISA, Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), and the other DoD Services, Agencies, and Components to implement a four-board 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.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army is actively working with other DoD 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 provides our Warfighters with an Enterprise portal capability that can adapt and change as quickly as they change on the battlefield. The Warfighter needs to access critical knowledge and information resident in multiple databases, applications and domains. DKO will provide Warfighters with this access while displaying information and knowledge, from multiple data sources, in a Joint environment.

DKO will reduce the cost of running Service-specific Enterprise portals, applications and services. The cost associated with maintaining an Enterprise application portfolio will be reduced substantially. DKO will also establish an Enterprise portal platform across DoD, integrate proven capabilities and functionality from existing DoD portals and allow for knowledge sharing and collaboration across the entire DoD Enterprise.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.

- For more information on AKO/DKO, click here.


- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communications Guide.