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Collection and Management of Data for Analysis Support to Operations

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System Analysis and Studies

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data collection concepts, data collection plans, Data collection procedures, data management, operational analysis, operational assessment


Commanders in NATO operations routinely rely on analytic support to enhance their decision making processes. Reliable and accessible data is an essential component of this analytical work. However, analysts frequently struggle to find the necessary data, partly because the data has not yet been collected and partly because existing data has not been well managed. Previous SAS activities addressing data collection concerning IFOR and SFOR were completed in 1998 (cp. SAS 003). A further SAS Study dealing with the focus on ISAF was completed in 2012 (TR-SAS-091). Since then significant technological advances have increased the ability to process and store larger volumes of data. New methods and technologies for collecting, managing, and analysing vast amounts of both structured and unstructured data in real time are the challenges of our modern age.


How can deployed NATO headquarters enhance their ability (DOTMLPF-I) to collect and manage the data required for analytical support to operations, including that required for “big data” analytics?


The study should consider the following initial assumptions in the DOTMLPF-I framework. In doing so to investigate the following questions: - What is the current state of data collection and management for analysis in NATO operations? - How does NATO’s current ability to collect and manage data fall short of current and future requirements of analysis staff? - What best practices concerning data collection and management for analysis are suitable for adoption throughout NATO?

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