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‘Like Pulling Teeth’: DoD Official Flags Data Sharing Obstacles
A top data expert at the Defense Department (DoD) said during a Nov. 30 ATARC event that the agency is leveraging Advana – a big data platform – to inform decision making more rapidly, but the department still finds itself forced to jump hurdles when it comes to data-ops.
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