Department of Defense Information Sharing Implementation Plan (2009)

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The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review report called for the Department of Defense (DoD) to improve “information sharing with other agencies and with international allies and partners” and to “develop an information sharing strategy” that guides “operations with Federal, State, local, and coalition partners.” Accordingly, the Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) developed and signed the DoD Information Sharing Strategy on May 4, 2007. It established DoD’s vision for achieving effective information sharing across the extended enterprise (i.e., all internal and external participants required to ensure mission success). The Strategy highlighted five implementation considerations to improve DoD’s ability to share information: culture, policy, governance, economics and resources, and technology and infrastructure. This plan, the DoD Information Sharing Implementation Plan, addresses those considerations through an initial set of near-term tasks intended to move DoD toward implementing information sharing as envisioned in the Strategy. Additionally, this plan provides amplifying guidance on achieving Goal 2, Information as a Strategic Asset, of the DoD Information Management (IM)/Information Technology (IT) Strategic Plan.

The DoD Information Sharing Implementation Plan was developed in coordination with the combatant commands, military departments, and defense agencies. A senior leadership group and its action officers, representing a cross-section of DoD, brought these organizations together through interviews and a workshop to collect their information sharing requirements and concerns. The DoD Information Sharing Implementation Plan represents the results of those efforts. It identifies focus areas and tasks with associated offices of primary responsibility to achieve key information sharing improvements, targeting current and future operations and technologies, within a 36-month timeframe.