AI & Analytics

DOD relies on automation to improve data quality and business processes

The Department of Defense believes that better use of data analytics will help improve business operations and decision-making, optimize the workforce, and support digital transformation on the way from legacy systems.

Gregory Little, assistant DOD controller for enterprise data and business performance, said his organization works with various DOD components such as the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, the Defense Innovation Unit, and the office of the CIO. Get better data and tie strategy to resources, performance outcomes, and risks.

“We’re thinking about modernizing how we can simplify processes, improve data quality and automate,” Little said during a FedInsider virtual event on April 6th hosted by Breaking Defense.

However, Little’s priorities are to train employees, use automation of robotic processes to streamline workflow, and use analytics for historical budget analysis and predictive modeling.

“This administration is very focused on building a workforce with the right skills for the future and innovation,” he said.

“People were really excited about the new technology and how it freed up time to work on the next level,” Little said, adding that 43 bots this year helped save 30,000 hours for Pentagon business analysts.

Little said another focus is helping DOD decision makers by developing tools to “understand PDFs”. His office is working on an application that links relevant policy documents together so that decision-makers can find duplicate policies and see the potential impact of a change from one policy to another.

Artificial and machine learning techniques were used to search for dormant contractual obligations and alert the relevant users. When a contract is no longer needed, these funds can be released and then assigned to a higher priority item. According to Little, about $ 4 billion were hired as a result.

However, the ultimate goal is to leverage financial data more strategically and beyond transactional process work, e.g. B. to reduce the number of legacy systems of the DOD.

“How do we get rid of legacy systems?” Little said. “These legacy systems can be a drain on funding, but they can also really hamper progress,” as more modern technologies and processes are introduced.

This article was first published on FCW, a sibling of Defense Systems.

About the author

Lauren C. Williams is Senior Editor for FCW and Defense Systems, specializing in defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was a tech reporter at ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In previous positions, Williams covered health, politics, and crime for various publications including the Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a masters degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at [email protected]or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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