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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Digital Strategy for the Department of the Air Force: Proceedings of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26531.
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Digital Strategy for the
Department of the Air Force

PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP SERIES

Linda Casola, Rapporteur

Planning Committee on Digital Strategy for the Department of the Air Force:
A Workshop Series

Air Force Studies Board

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Suggested citation: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Digital Strategy for the Department of the Air Force: Proceedings of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26531.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Digital Strategy for the Department of the Air Force: Proceedings of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26531.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Digital Strategy for the Department of the Air Force: Proceedings of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26531.
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PLANNING COMMITTEE ON DIGITAL STRATEGY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE: A WORKSHOP SERIES

MICHAEL A. HAMEL, Co-Chair, USAF (ret.), Independent Consultant

DEBORAH L. WESTPHAL, Co-Chair, Toffler Associates

TED F. BOWLDS, USAF (ret.), IAI North America

CHARLES BROOKS, Georgetown University

RAMA CHELLAPPA, Johns Hopkins University

DOUGLAS D. DEMAIO, Alabama Air National Guard

PAMELA A. DREW, Independent Corporate Director

ANNIE GREEN, George Mason University

JAMES M. HOLMES, USAF (ret.), The Roosevelt Group

MARV LANGSTON, USN (ret.), Independent Consultant

ALDEN V. MUNSON, JR., Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

PAUL D. NIELSEN, NAE,1 USAF (ret.), Carnegie Mellon University

JULIE J.C.H. RYAN, Wyndrose Technical Group

JAY G. SANTEE, USAF (ret.), The Aerospace Corporation

JAMES D. SYRING, USN (ret.), USAA Property and Casualty Insurance Group

Staff

GEORGE COYLE, Senior Program Officer, Air Force Studies Board, Workshop Director

ELLEN CHOU, Director, Air Force Studies Board

EVAN ELWELL, Research Associate

MARGUERITE SCHNEIDER, Administrative Coordinator

AMELIA GREEN, Senior Program Associate

DONAVAN THOMAS, Finance Business Partner

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1 Member, National Academy of Engineering.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Digital Strategy for the Department of the Air Force: Proceedings of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26531.
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AIR FORCE STUDIES BOARD

ELLEN M. PAWLIKOWSKI, Chair, NAE,2 USAF (ret.), Independent Consultant

KEVIN G. BOWCUTT, NAE, The Boeing Company

CLAUDE CANIZARES, NAS,3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MARK F. COSTELLO, Georgia Institute of Technology

WESLEY L. HARRIS, NAE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

JAMES E. HUBBARD, JR., NAE, University of Maryland

LESTER L. LYLES, NAE, USAF (ret.), Independent Consultant

WENDY M. MASIELLO, USAF (ret.), Independent Consultant

LESLIE A. MOMODA, HRL Laboratories, LLC

OZDEN OCHOA, Texas A&M University

F. WHITTEN PETERS, Williams and Connolly, LLP

HENDRICK RUCK, Edaptive Computing Inc.

JULIE J.C.H. RYAN, Wyndrose Technical Group

MICHAEL SCHNEIDER, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

GRANT STOKES, NAE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory

Staff

ELLEN CHOU, Director

GEORGE COYLE, Senior Program Officer

RYAN MURPHY, Program Officer

EVAN ELWELL, Research Associate

MARGUERITE SCHNEIDER, Administrative Coordinator

AMELIA GREEN, Senior Program Associate

DONAVAN THOMAS, Finance Business Partner

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2 Member, National Academy of Engineering.

3 Member, National Academy of Sciences.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Digital Strategy for the Department of the Air Force: Proceedings of a Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26531.
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Acknowledgment of Reviewers

This Proceedings of a Workshop Series was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published proceedings as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this proceedings:

James M. Holmes, The Roosevelt Group,

Paul D. Nielsen, NAE,1 Software Engineering Institute, and

Michael I. Yarymovych, NAE, Sarasota Space Associates.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the proceedings, nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this proceedings was overseen by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert J. Elder, Jr., USAF. He was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this proceedings was carried out in accordance with standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the rapporteur and the National Academies.

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The Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a three-part workshop series to examine the risks associated with the technical, programmatic, organizational, and governance challenges facing the Department of the Air Force (DAF) in its pursuit of enterprise-wide digital transformation strategies. Senior representatives from government, military, industry, and academia considered the DAF's strategic-level decision-making process as well as how it could achieve unity of effort across all of its digital agencies. Workshop participants discussed organizational and management gaps and weaknesses, as well as technical shortfalls associated with the DAF's digital transformation strategies - for example, the issue of cybersecurity within the context of the DAF's proposed digital strategies. Organizational and management practices from both the public and private sectors were also discussed in light of their potential for adaptation and adoption within the DAF.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, the three 2-day workshops of the series were held virtually on September 1-2, 2021, September 8-9, 2021, and September 23-24. Panelists at the first workshop explained and discussed the DAF's digital transformation strategy - in particular, the proposed digital architectures and the systems, programs, organizations, and missions to be supported. The second workshop featured panels of information systems experts and managers from industry and other government agencies who discussed their experiences with digital transformations and shared their views of best practices. The third workshop focused on the potential applicability of these lessons learned to the DAF's digital transformation strategy and architecture. This proceedings is a factual summary of what occurred during the workshop series.

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