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Assessment of the Department of Defense: Creating a Digital Ecosystem , February 29, , 2024

February 29, 2024

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The 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS) requires the Department of Defense (DoD or “the Department”) to continue to advance its commitment to modernization and innovation and to “build a resilient Joint Force and defense ecosystem.” Creating an interoperable digital ecosystem, with common standards and requirements designed to harness the power of accurate, real-time data and shared between industry and DoD, is essential to achieving these requirements and to improving how the Department operates. Such a transformation will provide more efficient decision-making and risk analysis; more accessible simulation environments and advanced computing to streamline development activities; and a genuine transformation of the acquisition product lifecycle to boost warfighter capabilities more rapidly and effectively.

On July 31, 2023, the Deputy Secretary of Defense (DepSecDef) tasked the Defense Business Board (DBB or “Board”), through its Business Transformation Advisory Subcommittee (“Subcommittee”), to evaluate the need for lifecycle digitalization and to provide recommendations on creating a digital ecosystem with industry partners. Lifecycle digitalization is the integration of digital technologies, data, and systems throughout the product lifecycle (requirements, engineering, acquisition, and sustainment). This process involves incorporating and combining innovations such as collaborative data platforms, Artificial Intelligence (AI), predictive analytics, digital twins, advanced manufacturing, comprehensive lifecycle management, and automation.1

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