In a 3-page DoD Memorandum signed on 5 May, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks asserted that: “Data is a strategic asset. Transforming the Department of Defense (DoD) to a datacentric organization is critical to improving performance and creating decision advantage at all echelons from the battlespace to the board room, ensuring U.S. competitive advantage. To accelerate the Department’s efforts, leaders must ensure all DoD data is visible, accessible, understandable, linked, trustworthy, interoperable, and secure.”

The memo notes that “To generate the transformative proficiency and efficiency gains across the DoD Data Strategy’ s focus areas of Joint All Domain Operations, Senior Leader Decision Support, and Executive Analytics, the Department will apply the following five ‘DoD Data Decrees’:

  1. Maximize data sharing and rights for data use: all DoD data is an enterprise resource.
  2. Publish data assets in the DoD federated data catalog along with common interface specifications.
  3. Use automated data interfaces that are externally accessible and machine-readable; ensure interfaces use industry-standard, non-proprietary, preferably open-source, technologies, protocols, and payloads.
  4. Store data in a manner that is platform and environment-agnostic, uncoupled from hardware or software dependencies.
  5. Implement industry best practices for secure authentication, access management, encryption, monitoring, and protection of data at rest, in transit, and in use.

The memo then outlines actions — data leadership and governance as well as data management — to accelerate the Department’s enterprise data edge.