Data Management Suite solves cross-domain information sharing issues

SOFIC NEWS: Data Management Suite tackles cross-domain information sharing issues

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TAMPA, Fla. — The proliferation of technology within the Department of Defense is collecting and generating volumes of data faster than current systems can analyze and process, and a company says it has developed a new suite of data platforms that could revolutionize the way special operators access, manage and analyze critical information needed to make high-level decisions.

Science Applications International Corps recently showcased the Koverse data platform, a data management system, alongside the company’s artificial intelligence environment called Tenjin at the Operations Forces Industry Conference specials in Tampa. Together, the programs leverage AI to give users individualized access to information from a dataset based on their security clearance and present it in an easy-to-navigate way, said Jason Meil, director of data science and artificial intelligence at SAIC.

“The key element here is the ability to communicate quickly between different [government] agencies, between enclaves, between different networks and between different levels of classification,” he said. “He’s really trying to bring this idea of ​​a common operational picture.”

In particular, data scientists and analysts working with special operations forces could use the suite to sift through huge amounts of information and find the information relevant to leaders and decision makers, he said. declared.

In recent months, the Department of Defense has emphasized its need to catch up with industry and capitalize on the capabilities offered by data management. To redouble efforts, Undersecretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks signed a memorandum in 2021 that called on the department to become a data-centric organization with the goal of “improving combat performance and creating decision-making advantage.” at all levels, from the battlespace to the boardroom. room.”

Currently, data makers and analysts are unable to access entire datasets if they contain classified information that exceeds their security clearance, even if they have clearance to access that they’re looking for, said Victor Schramm, an account manager at Koverse. The system is called role-based access control, he explained.

“Traditional role-based access control by itself would just say, ‘you have access to a set of data or you don’t,'” Schramm said. “Role-based access control doesn’t get you far because every column, every row, and every cell can have mixed sensitivities in the data.”

The Koverse data platform solves this problem by instead using attribute-based access control, which labels each data unit based on security classification rather than the entire data set, it said. -he explains. As a result, users have access to the information they need to make decisions, while highly classified information is redacted and protected.

This information can then be presented on a computer with the Tenjin AI development environment, a program that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to turn data into analytics and insights that decision makers need during missions, a Meil said.

The ability of the combined data suite to consume large amounts of data and distribute it between different government agencies, enclaves and networks – all with varying access to classified information – is a key element for special operators who must make decisions fast during missions, Meil ​​said.

“In a slow fight, take an hour to [make a decision] from the sensor to the shooter, it’s fine, ”he said. “But in a fast-paced fight against close competitors, that needs to be reduced to probably less than a tenth of the time, because things are going to happen fast and everywhere.”

Meil said the Department of Defense — including Special Operations Command — is interested in the capabilities provided by Tenjin and the Koverse data platform, particularly the ability to physically collect and modularly segregate data. . He said they have discussed specific use cases for the suite with the department, such as sharing information across domains that can be used in tactical operations.

Topics: Special operations