2020 Government Innovation Awards

AF VAULT holds decision-making toolkit

The best way to scale new technology is to make it easily accessible to everyone involved. That’s why the Air Force designed the Visible, Accessible, Understandable, Linked and Trustworthy platform. It gives personnel secure, cloud-based tools for connecting with data that is essential to mission and readiness success.

Air Force Visible, Accessible, Understandable, Linked and Trustworthy Data Platform

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Previously, Air Force organizations that wanted to explore machine learning or complex data analysis had to build their own environments, making it unattainable for many components.

“The Chief Data Office is working hard to enable Air Force-wide access to essential tools and datasets to demonstrate the power of data in operational decision-making,” said Col. Charles Destefani, the Air Force’s acting deputy chief data officer.

VAULT has supported several capabilities, including Tableau’s visualization tool for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center’s installation health assessments. The approach saved months of labor while providing more accurate data analysis. In addition, installation commanders can now view actionable data on the spot via dashboards and customizable visualizations.

The platform was also instrumental in streamlining the Air Force’s shift to telework during the coronavirus pandemic. It helped bridge capabilities to support a secure remote work environment and assisted with COVID-19 reporting.

Because of its success this year, VAULT graduated from a pathfinder to an enterprise solution.

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