DISA co-hosts first knowledge management summit

A working group discussion is held during the first DoD Knowledge Management Summit from Nov. 7 -9 at the Defense Information Systems Agency. More than 140 knowledge management specialists from 80 organizations participated. (Courtesy photos)

By Tracy Sharpe, Defense Information Systems Agency Public Affairs

The Defense Information Systems Agency sponsored the first DoD Knowledge Management Summit Nov. 7-9 at its Fort Meade headquarters.

The three-day summit, co-hosted by DISA, the DoD Chief Information Officer and the DoD Joint Staff, was created to standardize DoD knowledge management practices.

More than 140 knowledge management specialists from 80 organizations participated in this event to formulate knowledge management standards.

In addition to DISA and Joint Forces Headquarters-DoD Information Networks, participants hailed from other Fort Meade tenant organizations including U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, Defense Media Activity, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and the Asymmetric Warfare Group.

Other attendees traveled from DoD locations around the world in order to collaborate in person, with the expectations of influencing the development of DoD knowledge management standards and programs.

Rear Adm. Nancy Norton, vice director of DISA, speaks at the three-day summit designed to standardize DoD knowledge management practices.

During the opening discussion, Alfred Rivera, director of DISA’s Development and Business Center, explained that successful knowledge management allows the DoD to become more responsive and more effective.

DISA’s vice director, Navy Rear Adm. Nancy Norton, explained that knowledge management can give the DoD an information advantage.

Attendees divided into working groups to address three aspects of standardizing knowledge management. The working groups focused on:

  • Creating a unified knowledge management training program for the DoD
  • Revising DoD knowledge management strategy, policy and doctrine
  • Assessing the effect of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Cyber Workforce Framework on knowledge management practitioners

The training working group decided to spend the next several months identifying DoD KM training standards that can be customized by components, as well as deriving and maintaining a KM lexicon for DoD training standards.

The strategy, policy and doctrine working group decided to revise the foundational charter DOD Instruction 8220, which directs KM actions and clarifies KM principles and methodology.

The cyber working group will work with the other KM working groups in order to clarify the demarcation between KM cyber and KM noncyber roles and training requirements.

“Our goals and the stakes are high,” said Stan Ford, a Joint Staff knowledge management officer who led the group developing knowledge management strategy, policy and doctrine during the summit. “The DoD is always in a state of metamorphosis.”

At the end of the summit, working groups provided summaries of their recommendations to Norton and Randall Conway, the DoD Deputy CIO for Information Enterprise.

Conway was impressed with the decisions made during the summit, noting the participants “took knowledge management and aligned their strategy to the priorities of the secretary of defense.”

Participants will continue to hone their recommendations through online discussions.

The enthusiasm of the participants prompted the organizers to solidify their plans for a follow-up Knowledge Management Summit in mid-2018.

“The results of the three working groups set the stage for positive development of knowledge management in 2018,” said Paul Guevin, chief knowledge officer at U.S. Cyber Command.

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