The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) released its 2021 Data Strategy in which the agency outlines plans to transform and improve the way data is created, managed and shared to maintain dominance in delivering intelligence geospatial (GEOINT).
Data Strategy 2021 – a 28-page public document released on October 6 – includes strategic goals and action plans for the agency as it continues to chart a safe and innovative course while dealing with massive quantities increasing data, risk and competition.
“It is essential that we take all the necessary measures [action] to maintain our advantage in GEOINT, including managing our data as a key strategic asset, ”NGA Deputy Director Robert Sharp said in a statement. Press release. “With the holistic business approach defined in this new data strategy, NGA is leading the way [to] stay one step ahead of our competitors. ”
The data strategy, combined with NGA’s collaborative data governance programs, pushes the agency to close the gap between current and future capacities by accelerating developments in four important focus areas:
- Make data easily accessible;
- Improve the reusability of data;
- Improve inter-domain efficiency; and
- Activate the new generation GEOINT
NGA has listed four key objectives it pursues to meet the needs of the mission.
First, the agency plans to manage data as a strategic asset by deploying a federated enterprise data governance framework that ensures data is managed proactively, strategically and consistently while enabling agility, flexibility and innovation. The second goal of the agency is to provide data as a shared service. And to do so, it plans to deliver services that deliver data – both consumed and created – directly to users in an efficient and intuitive way.
NGA also wants to evolve data and analytics capabilities. The agency intends to champion data-driven innovations that transform how it operates and to lead by example in data and analytics excellence and leading practices within the intelligence community. , the Department of Defense and the entire geospatial community. Finally, NGA plans to strengthen data control by promoting a data culture and increasing the sense of data within its workforce.
Admiral Sharp presented the strategy at the GEOINT 2021 symposium along with four other documents the agency released during the pandemic: director’s intent (Moonshot strategy), areas of technology focus 2021, the national system for the GEOINT strategy and the 2021 technological strategy.