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DAF’s New Data & AI Officer Sees Digital Fluency and Seamless Environments

DAF’s New Data & AI Officer Sees Digital Fluency and Seamless Environments

One-star who took over data and artificial Intelligence for the Department of the Air Force is a veteran of the military. He also knows how to prioritize his new Pentagon job.

Brig. said that in the business world, the key advantage is the ability of making decisions. It’s what separates the winners and losers. After being discharged, Gen. John M. Olson returned to Active Duty. Working in the aerospace industryServing in the Reserve 

Olson suggested that this decision-making capacity could be called the weaponization or data for decision advantage in war contexts.

His most recent job was as a mobilization assistant for Space Force Chief of Space Operations General John W. Jay Raymond. Olson, who has been in his new position as chief data and AI officer for the departments for two weeks, shared his priorities in a webinar hosted by Oracle on Jan. 24, 2019. He succeeded Eileen M. Vidrine as senior strategic advisor for data to the federal chief inform officer at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Olson plans to first drive toward operationalization data as a coleader of the team working on Advanced Battle Management System. This is the department’s envisioned share in the military’s joint all-domain command-and-control concept.

He views JADC2 as a warfighting capability that senses, makes sense and acts across all levels in war, across all domainsair sea, land undersea, spaceand together with our partners, both allies, and our partners, to provide information advantage at the speed and relevance. 

To make JADC2 work, it will require comprehensive capabilities to exchange data across the force through multiple domains and at multiple security levels with multiple partners and users.

Olson stated that this is a serious problem.

The Department of the Air Forces Rapid Capabilities Office contributes acquisition-wise and technically to the large group working on ABMS. Olson for his part said that hell should focus on people, funding, and resources, rather than on forces and resources. 

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He wants to make digital fluency a priority for people. This will ensure that they are productive and engaged, and provide them with a seamless work environment, a seamless collaboration environment, and in a timely fashion.

Companies and academia can also prioritize people.

We’re really looking to harness and partner with them, leverage fully the broad, diverse capabilities of industry, Olson said. That’s everything from the technology side all the way through the operations and the analytics and the capabilitiesfrom the edge through the mesh cloud and beyond.

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