Hosted by C4ISRNET and sponsored by Booz Allen, the webcast highlighted the urgency of revolutionizing data on the battlefield. Mariel Cooley framed the conversation with a memory: Working at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the weeks after 9/11, she watched a single operator juggling a dozen monitors, each with access to a different network. She had witnessed the problem of "data jails" resulting from a decades-long, network-centric approach to information sharing.
Brigadier General Chad D. Raduege emphasized the need to fuse, centralize, and harmonize data across U.S. joint forces while proceeding in step with allies. He told of recent information-sharing success with NATO in the highly active European theater, saying the U.S. and its allies have demonstrated the operational imperative for a data-centric environment—both in testing arenas and in real-time response to the war in Ukraine.
Below are the three themes that emerged from the webcast.