API-Led Integration: The Key to Successful DoD Data Strategy
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced a new data strategy in September 2020, primarily focusing on updating their legacy to meet their newfound goals. But with 1.3 million active-duty troops across its branches, 750,000 civilian employees, and 811,000 National Guard and reserve troops, challenges to implementation are to be expected. This paper explores four technical challenges facing the DoD data strategy: Accessibility, discoverability, security, and scalability. These challenges are not insurmountable, but can be remedied through thoughtful and forward-thinking API integration.