The new Defense Data Strategy document from the Ministry of Defense (MoD), summarizing data vision and settings achieved by 2025, recognizes the growing importance of data and that the UK is “second only to the people”. We call this a “critical asset.”
The new data strategy aims to provide a data leadership structure in the defense sector, highlighting the transformational changes needed to use data as a strategic asset.
“Our ambition to ‘unleash the power of data’ is stronger than ever,” said Charles Fort, chief information officer at the Department of Defense, Digital Features Lead, Charles Fort, in the report’s preface.
“Our future is shaped by how we protect and leverage the wealth of defense. Data will be the second most important asset after people. This is the clear intent of our data strategy. “
This document describes the data rules, tactical outcomes and general foundations needed to ensure that your data is a competent and consistent feature throughout the defense sector. This data also describes the structure of leadership that integrates all defense organizations.
The strategy describes four outcomes to be achieved by 2025.
- The data is curated, integrated and ready for humans and machines available to enable digitization of the battlefield.
- Data is considered the second most important asset after people
- Those people have enough skills to leverage the data to increase their profits
- Allies, partners and defense organizations become data leaders in the technology industry
A key element of a data strategy is a set of six rules governing how a defense processes data and how all defenses adhere to the same data standards. These rules provide the basis for future-linked defense companies backed by an “optimized for data use” business model.
The regulation requires that the Department of Defense:
- Exercise sovereignty over data such as accountability and ownership.
- Standardize data in a defense environment.
- Leverage your data at the most effective and relevant points in your value chain.
- Maintain, curate, and protect your digital data as it is processed, stored, and transmitted.
- Curate data to ensure it is guaranteed, searchable and interoperable.
- Make sure the data is kept as an asset in separate projects.
This strategy explains what enables various breakthroughs, including the need for organizational leadership and effective governance and control in driving the Defense Functional Data mandate.
Apart from these, there are essential facilitators to coordinate and facilitate the execution of data strategies by installing and embedding data enablers.
In March, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace outlined a 2030 vision for the country’s armed forces as part of the government’s plans to further modernize its military power.
The strategy “Defense in a Competitive Era” was behind the government’s “Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy”, which has been called the largest review of foreign and security policies since the Cold War.
The 2030 vision proposes to invest billions of pounds in the land, air, sea, cyber and space domains to respond quickly to similar rapid changes in the sector. ..
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain needed to improve its cyber capabilities to ensure that threats are “stopped everywhere.”
The UK spent £38 billion, or about 2.1 per cent of GDP, on defense in 2019. This was more than any other European country, but less than 3.5% of the GDP spent by the United States.