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Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley: DIA Must Address Interoperability Issues

Jeff Brody
Robert Ashley

Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense faces the challenge of scaling data for interoperability, Federal News Network reported Tuesday.

DoD can process data at needed speeds, but has difficulty in scaling to have different pieces of data connect and work together, he said Aug. 19 in a presentation at the DoD Intelligence Information System Worldwide conference.

"I don’t know that we have as much a speed problem as we have a scale problem, and buried within that scale problem is the challenge of interoperability," he said.

The director noted that addressing scaling and interoperability issues would support the agency's mission against misinformation. The agency is now working on the Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-Repository System, an intelligence-tailored platform that uses machine learning to process and scale information.

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