For Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the biggest problem his agency faces can be summed up in one word: interoperability, the ability to transfer information between systems and partners.
As head of the agency charged with keeping war fighters and policy makers up to date on the military capabilities of foreign nations, Ashley knows it is important to share information with other members of the intelligence community and the services. As a result, Ashley said, technologies being developed by or for the Pentagon need to be designed with interoperability in mind.
“Data interoperability. So all the unique capabilities–the designs that you bring to the Department of Defense–everything has to talk to everything else. Otherwise, we will be suboptimized and we will miss opportunities,” he said during an Aug. 19 keynote at the DoDIIS conference in Tampa.
“In many ways, we can solve problems at speed, but our challenge is to solve the problem at scale. I can come up with a unique capability for a battalion or a brigade so they can operate at speed within that brigade, but can they talk to every other brigade? Can they talk to other services? Can they talk to other nations? … And buried within that scale problem is the challenge of interoperability.”
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