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Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Othniel Terveus, from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., records jet engine test instrumentation (JETI) data in the jet engine control room onboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).  Navy photo by MCS Seaman Riley McDowell.

The Defense Department is unveiling a plan to completely reorganize how it handles, distributes and ensures the safety of data.

“Leaders at all levels have a responsibility to manage, understand and … share and protect data in support of our shared mission,” Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks said in a May 5 department-wide memorandum.

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The new approach will entail:

  • Maximization of data-sharing and clarification of rights for data use.
  • Publishing catalogued data assets, to include common interface specifications.
  • Use of automated data interfaces that can be accessed externally and are machine-readable. Such interfaces would operate using industry-standard, non-proprietary technologies, protocols and payloads. Whenever possible, such interfaces would be open-source.
  • Storing data in a manner that does not rely upon hardware or software dependencies, on “environment-agnostic” platforms.
  • Implementation of the same best practices now in use by industry, to ensure secure “authentication, access management, encryption, monitoring and protection of data at rest, in transit and in use.”

Hicks has requested that the Pentagon’s chief data officer and a working group of experts provide her with a status report on their progress by June 15.