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Army Data Plan

Friday, November 22, 2019

What is it?

The Army Data Plan, aligned to the Army Vision, sets forth guiding principles, goals and objectives, imperatives, and data management structures to transform how the Army manages, analyzes, and utilizes data to enable data-driven decisions across its enterprise, and with partners, through a resilient, secure hybrid cloud solution.

The Army Data Plan establishes the framework to utilize the Army’s institutional data better to increase the speed of decision-making at all echelons. The data plan provides guidance on implementing common standards across the enterprise to facilitate interoperability between the joint, coalition, and mission partners.

The Army Data Plan applies to all Army data. It describes a global, standards-based environment where data and information are visible, accessible, understandable, trusted, interoperable, and secure throughout its lifecycle.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

Currently, the Army has disparate, isolated data sources, which limits data sharing, hinders the speed of decision making at echelon and prohibits the use of current and emerging cloud capabilities, including evolving artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) services and tools.

To evolve the Army into a more information-based organization, data will be unleashed for utilization across mission areas. This effort will help gain better insight, maintain technical overmatch, and ensure operational advantage over the adversaries.

The Army has taken foundational steps to improve its data posture with the emergence of the following, which have all informed the data plan:

  • The Army Leader Dashboard
  • The Army Enterprise Data Analytics Strategy for Business Systems
  • Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A),
  • ARCYBER’s Big Data Platform (Gabriel Nimbus). Additionally, the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, published HQDA EXORD 009-20 Army Data Plan Implementation in Support of Cloud Migrations on November 15, 2019.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

  • The Army Data Board will govern data across the enterprise under the oversight of the Army’s Chief Data Officer.
  • The Army will leverage key cloud capabilities to enable data use and sharing by leveraging advanced analytical technologies, like artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Why is this important to the Army?

The data plan provides a comprehensive approach across people, processes, technology, and governance. This plan seeks to directly impact mission outcomes, provide decision-makers with timely and accurate information, and is critical to the Army’s ability to fight and win wars in a multi-domain environment.

The Army must enable decisive operational advantage by becoming a data-aware organization.


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Focus Quote for the Day

The Army is thinking big and deep about data. The Army data plan enables leaders to harness data as a strategic asset effectively; therefore, increasing soldier lethality by enabling speed…the speed to orient, decide and act faster than peer adversaries.

- Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, Army Chief Information Officer/G-6