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Army Net-Centric Data Strategy (ANCDS)

What is it? Army Netcentric Data Strategy (ANCDS) is a strategic approach for translating information superiority into combat power and management efficiencies by effectively linking knowledgeable entities within the Army Enterprise. ANCDS is a key component of the Department of Defense’s vision for Network-Centric Warfare. The focus of the Army’s Net-Centric approach is information sharing.  In this regard, ANCDS encompasses the principles, beliefs, doctrines and processes that will achieve effective information sharing throughout the Army.

The vision of ANCDS is to leverage the power of information to ensure mission success through an agile enterprise with freedom of maneuverability across the data environment. Employing a Net-Centric approach will lead to improved visibility, accessibility, and understandability of data and services across the Army. The transition to a net-centric enterprise may be one of the most difficult information technology transformation the Army and Department of Defense has ever attempted.

What has the Army done? During FY05-07 the Army has set up infrastructure, built expertise, developed policy, process, and product guidance, and established the following functional resources to achieve a successful transformation:

  1. The ANCDS Guidance document provides general guidance to assist Army mission areas, domains, and communities of interest (COIs) in understanding their roles and responsibilities as they affect the Army’s data strategy.
  2. The Army has stood up the Army Data Harmonization and Integration Working Group (ADHIWG) to assist in data governance and to share lessons learned.
  3. The ANCDS Center of Excellence (CoE) functions as the Army’s representative on the behalf of mission areas, domains and COIs in support of all data strategy activities and interactions with Joint and combined forums.
  4. Mission Area and domain-specific vocabularies are being analyzed and adopted. 
  5. The Joint Consultation Command & Control Information Exchange Data Model (JC3IEDM) model has been endorsed by the Army G3 and CIO/G-6 and adopted by the Future Combat System (FCS) for battle command to provide a common warfighting data vocabulary and facilitate coalition interoperability.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? ANCDS will assist with the migration of the Army from a network-enabled enterprise to a service-enabled enterprise to the desired state of a Net-Centric fighting force through defined stages over a defined period of time. Data strategy roadmaps must be adhered to as they are directly related to the migration strategy timeline, which guides the overall implementation of the net-centric goal.

FY08-10 will be focus on establishing the Service Oriented Enterprise Architecture where data is discoverable and obtainable across the Global Information Grid upon demand. An interoperable service infrastructure supporting the tactical through strategic echelons will be put into place. ANCDS will provide expertise to programs of record (PoRs) and COIs as they migrate their systems.

FY11-16 is expected to focus on completing the final steps to implementing the successful Net-Centric Enterprise, resulting in a federated, enterprise-wide information sharing capability where data is visible, accessible, understandable, and interoperable will be fully realized.

Why is this important to the Army? ANCDS positions the Army to better support Warfighters and institutional domains in today’s dynamic, data-rich environment. The success of ANCDS is the key to an agile, Net-Centric Army enterprise and aligns Army Data Strategy concepts and implementation with the DoD-mandated Data Strategy to achieve Net-Centric operations and ensure interoperability across the Joint Services. ANCDS supports the CIO/G-6 Strategic Goal 2: “To lead enterprise integration into Net-Centric capabilities across the Army.”