At the tactical edge, where remote sensors continuously capture data feeds, the U.S. military is producing more data. Additionally, it is using more data at the edge, where it is most valuable.
The problem is that “data” is not the same as “intelligence,” so just because there is a lot of data doesn’t indicate that anyone is using it to make informed decisions. Additionally, missions must take action on data from all domains, including cyberspace, land, sea, and the air. They require a method to handle, examine, and share various datatypes in order to accomplish that.The good news is that the DoD can convert raw data into usable intelligence in the field and in real time with the use of tested technological solutions, like APIs, containers, and automation. The Joint All-Domain Command and Control project of the Pentagon places emphasis on the strategic value of data exchange. The US benefited in the past from weapon platforms that allowed for battlespace dominance. The future will see supremacy gained by efficient data coordination between branches and allies. The “five V’s” of big data must be addressed by the military in order for it to achieve domination through data: