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MoD Releases ‘Defence Against The Dark Arts’ Strategy

Sun Oct 03 2021

The new report outlines a structure for data leadership to unite all the UK’s Defence Organisations

The UK’s MoD (Ministry of Defence) new Data Strategy for Defence document is out; outlining the MoD’s vision for future data strategies and setting some ‘hard goals’ to be achieved for 2025. The document recognises the growing impact data is having on security and labels it ‘the UK's second most important asset behind people'.

 

This new data strategy has been designed to provide a structure for data leadership to be fostered in the defence sector as a whole, highlighting the digital transformations that will be required to truly use data as a strategic asset. 

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Our ambition to 'unleash the power of data' is stronger than ever. Our future will be shaped by how we protect and exploit Defence's assets. Data will become our second most important asset only behind our People. This is the clear intent of our Data Strategy.

Charles Forte - MoD Chief Information Officer

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The document goes on to discuss data rules, possible tactical outcomes and the common foundations that will need to be put down to ensure data becomes an enabler rather than a blocker to an ‘enduring capability across Defence’.

 

The four outcomes that have already been set for 2025 are:

 

  • Data is curated, integrated and is human and machine ready for exploitation to enable digitalisation of the battle space
  • Data is treated as the second most important asset behind people
  • Those people are skilled enough to exploit data in order to drive advantage
  • Defence organisations become data leaders with allies, partners, the tech industry

 

To help better enable these goals, six data ‘rules’ have been put in place by the MoD on how all UK Defence organisations should treat data and adhere to the same data criteria and governances.

Those will then provide the backbone of any future interconnected UK Defence enterprises, all underpinned by a model that’s been 'optimised for data exploitation'.

Those rules are:

 

  • exercise sovereignty over data, including accountability and ownership;
  • standardise data across the defence landscape;
  • exploit data at the most effective and relevant point of the value chain;
  • secure digital data at creation, curation, and when handling, storing and transmitting;
  • curate data, ensuring it is assured, discoverable and interoperable;
  • ensure data is retained as an asset beyond individual projects.

 

It also goes on to outline the various enablers the MoD plan to use which will include organisational leadership within Defence organisations driving the data mandate, alongside the need for effective governance and controls.

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