DOD Moves to Use Data More Effectively in Decision-Making

The Defense Department is seeking ways to use data more effectively for improved decision-making on the battlefield and in its business practices, Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Norquist said.

Norquist and DOD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy met with data analytics industry experts in the Pentagon today to discuss the way ahead for the department.

“This is the core of what we need to do under the National Defense Strategy,” the deputy secretary said, noting that better use of data leads to increased reform and lethality. At the most basic level, data from everyone’s salary and every piece of equipment could be collected and reported in a data set to which analysis could then be applied, Norquist said. This information would be especially useful in the DOD-wide audit and reporting to lawmakers, he noted.

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Author: Dian Welle