Army Digital Transformation Strategy

Friday, November 19, 2021

What is it?

The Army Digital Transformation Strategy (ADTS) is the Army’s strategy to achieve digital transformation across Army technologies, processes and people. The strategy provides an overarching framework to achieve a digital Army of 2028 empowered to deliver overmatch through joint multi-domain operations (MDO).

The ADTS will drive digital transformation, innovation, and reform through strategy, policy, governance, oversight and rapid capabilities to establish an operational MDO force.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The Army is pursuing a wide range of modernization and digital transformation efforts, such as:

  • Project Convergence: The Army’s campaign of learning, experimentation and demonstration to integrate digital capabilities that operate at machine speed to win on the hyperactive battlefields of the future.
  • Software Factory: The Army trains the workforce to create software and prepare for highly technical battlespaces that are ambiguous, fast-paced and data/software-driven.
  • Software Engineering Center: Addresses the challenge of software assurance (SwA) by publishing a new Department of the Army Pamphlet 25-2-5. The pamphlet provides clear guidance for improving security for future government off-the-shelf (GOTS) and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software fielded within the Army.
  • Army Cloud Plan: Establishes both unclassified and classified cloud environments called cArmy to enhance and streamline access to data. cArmy enables faster data access, allowing the Army to operate in an agile landscape, monitor permissions and access, and deploy digital products quicker than ever before.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The ADTS advances the Army Modernization Strategy for Waypoint 2028 and Aimpoint 2035. This strategy fully aligns with wider Army and DoD modernization strategies which share the vision of a more ready, lethal and modern force by 2028. The following ADTS objectives, as aligned with the Army’s strategic pillars, indicate the Army’s future efforts:

  • Modernization and Readiness: A digitally enabled, data-driven Army propelled by digital transformation
  • Reform: Optimized and mission-aligned digital investments providing greater value to the Army
  • People and Partnerships: A tech savvy, operationally effective digital workforce partnered with a robust network of allies, industry, and academia

Why is this important to the Army?

The rapid evolution of technology coupled with adversarial threats creates new and complex challenges to maintaining overmatch in multi-domain operations. Digital transformation, as highlighted by the Army Modernization Strategy, is key to ensuring that the Army becomes a modern, lethal and ready force that can dominate in these complex environments.

ADTS is the overarching framework that sets the vision to implement strategic digital transformation initiatives to win decisively.

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