More than ever, the nation's military leaders understand that information superiority is vital to success in the Digital Battlespace. This means having the right information presented in the right way in the right place at the right time, so decision makers can act faster than their adversaries.
But as Department of Defense (DoD) organizations deploy data platforms and systems to gain and maintain information superiority, they frequently encounter impediments that undermine their ability to get the right data to where it is needed, whether at the enterprise level, the tactical level, or at the edge—where rapid information is most critical. These challenges include siloed data that make collecting, analyzing, processing, and delivering insights difficult; closed, proprietary data platforms that inhibit the ability to keep pace with rapidly changing missions and technologies; and vendor lock-in that interferes with the ability to innovate quickly.
While many defense and intelligence organizations are moving toward open architectures and systems to keep pace with today’s rapidly changing missions, the ultimate solution to achieve information superiority requires truly open frameworks. These make adding, upgrading, and swapping components easier, giving organizations the speed-to-delivery and agility to keep pace with change while making it possible to take advantage of the latest commercial technologies to achieve that speed and agility.
By using open frameworks, defense organizations can quickly replace or reuse services, data, infrastructure, and user experiences across the entire enterprise. Such flexibility enables organizations to expand and strengthen their current mission applications—and create powerful new ones—as the mission requires. Let’s take a look to learn more about open systems and how they can enable warfighters to be more ready, survivable, and lethal.