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Data Scientists in the Strategic Alternatives (SALT) Branch of NATO ACT

DOTMLPFI (A Division of HUBZone HQ) currently supports the Strategic Alternatives (SALT) Branch at NATO ACT Headquarters in Norfolk, VA with the effort to provide the Command with alternative ideas derived through the extensive use of data science and analytics that exist outside NATO’s conventional processes in the service of Warfare Development.   DOT’s Data Scientists have supported this contract through their work including:

  • Drafting an initial Program of Work detailing expected work for SALT data scientists into 2021. Initially requested by SALT leadership, the document includes inputs from all SALT personnel, and was submitted to the branch head for final review and approval. Also provided separately in branch discussions was input on SALT’s mission and future stakeholder meetings.
  • Coordinating stakeholder discussions with OPEX leadership regarding SALT support for IEA tool experimentation in 2020. Support requested included review of feedback submitted from the NATO user group on the GEC-IQ platform for the IEA process, and review of the platform itself to recommend its broader implications outside of the current focal point of assessment and evaluation of communications. SALT support requested to begin in early 2020.
  • Redrafting, staffing, and submitting a new data science technical hardware/software requirement based on recommendations received from BUDFIN during a meeting held between SALT, NCIA, BUDFIN, and AOS. The new requirement was submitted to BUDFIN by SALT Branch leadership. The request also included software requirements based on input from the SPP branch for software that will be used in Hub for the South project work by stakeholders to collaborate.
  • Providing user feedback on a tool developed by Microsoft for the SFA branch that leverages Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to assist in document research. Feedback submitted includes recommended enhancements/new features and suggested items for inclusion in the Help documentation to orient a new user on how to optimize the tool.
  • Participating in a series of meetings with the ACT Hub for the South OPR lead to provide input to their upcoming project work and better understand potential requirements for SALT data science support. This involved meeting with the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) analysts and providing input to their stakeholder list and reviewing a publication provided by another project stakeholder to identify potential themes and data sources for upcoming project work. Finally, SALT data scientists recommended that SPP considers a data management strategy for future Hub for the South work to store and manage data relevant to their project that will be used by multiple stakeholders, including the SALT branch to conduct data analytics on.
  • Developing a draft survey for NATO personnel to collect data measuring various aspects of individual and organizational readiness for being a data driven organization. As part of our PoW, SALT is to prepare an ACT Data Science Survey, implement it and write a report based off data collected from it by the end of March 2020. The survey will be used to more holistically and empirically inform some of SALT’s planned deliverables for next year. The draft survey was staffed and reviewed by the other SALT data scientists and will be staffed to select ACT stakeholders for further design input prior to fielding early next year.
  • Researching and evaluating additional open source technologies for SALT data science work (Microsoft Azure Data Services, web map application services, and open source databases). SALT will be receiving login/passwords for Azure accounts to evaluate services.

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