Navy Digital Warfare Office Stresses Viewing Data ‘As a Strategic Asset’
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Navy’s “digital warfare journey” may only be getting started, but the director of that effort laid out its ambitious agenda and plans for the road ahead.
The office was established last year and is staffed by a dozen people who work to identify problems that can be solved using data analytics and “tease out best practices” for creating a smarter data environment, Margie Palmieri, director of the Navy Digital Warfare Office, said during a presentation at the Navy’s Information Warfare Pavilion in the Sea-Air-Space Exposition exhibition hall April 10.
Along with helping improve operational effectiveness, readiness and advancing the speed to capability of new information technology and other assets to the Navy, the office’s work with data and analytics aims to help guide the way Sailors interact with information, she said.
The office’s efforts are moving along a similar path to that of the Department of Defense’s Digital Engineering Strategy by attempting to answer the question of, “How do we build digital engineering into systems from the ground up?” Palmieri said.
The Digital Warfare Office’s first task has been to create awareness of its mission through a series of digital pilot programs. She offered one example of a Super Hornet readiness program that took place from April through September of last year. The pilot analyzed sensor data in the hopes of speeding up the determination of the root cause of parts failures as well as providing predictive analytics for maintenance.
The parts analytics attempted to sort the “peach” parts from the “lemons,” so those parts that needed to continually be repaired could be taken out of service, Palmieri said.
Ultimately, the pilot showed that an emphasis was needed to ensure the quality of data, since only 25 percent of what was analyzed as part of the program ended up being usable. It is essential, she said, to think of data “as a strategic asset.”