Information forensics and process integration are important study areas for the military because of the growing emphasis on networked operations.
The military tends to be a complex culture “where we collect more data than can be efficiently processed,” Magnus said. “With net-centric communications, we may soon have the ability to ask more questions than we can answer."
“The best way to deploy a network and prevent its collapse from overload is to work smart and disciplined,” she noted. “Our goal is to make every operator more like a special operations operator and bring a broad set of skills to every fight.”
Done correctly, net-centric operations give us the capability to project the military's expertise simultaneous to a projection of force,” Magnus explained.
The new portfolio is an outgrowth of an Air Force Office of Scientific Research commissioned study on information science and technology from the National Research Council.
“The National Research Council study recommended the Air Force Office of Scientific Research implement a team-focused, network-enabled information science and technology program,” she said.
Two new portfolios as a result of the recommendation. Information forensics and process integration is the first. The second portfolio, information management, is expected to kick off in 2007.