Current, as well as past, KML research projects are listed below. They are arranged by date, from most recent to least, and include descriptive documentation.
If you have any questions about these projects or would like to learn more about research participation possibilities, please contact Dr. Jens Pohl (KML Director) at email@example.com or at (805) 541-3750, ext 306.
The U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) is exploring Cloud Computing as a potential implementation environment for its Corporate Services Vision (CSV).
The overall objective of this research project is to provide technical guidance to USTRANSCOM in its efforts to determine the feasibility and implementation strategies for transitioning its enterprise information management capabilities to a SOA-based Cloud Computing environment. The outcome of the first phase of this research project is expected to include:
- Analysis and recommendations relating to USTRANSCOM’s draft Cloud Computing Technical Reference Model.
- Analysis and recommendations relating to current and emerging security architecture models for Cloud Computing.
- Analysis and recommendations relating to USTRANSCOM’s private, public, and hybrid Cloud infrastructure ownership alternatives.
- Analysis and recommendations relating to Demonstration of selected Cloud Computing capabilities related to the research being undertaken in the initial phase.
Lack of data quality continues to be a perennial problem for USTRANSCOM in respect to the following six desirable data characteristics: accuracy; completeness; consistency; timeliness; uniqueness; and, validity. Identified problems include stovepipe systems, redundant data storage, missing and incorrect data values, non-compliance with standard data models, and non-standardized business processes.
USTRANSCOM-J6 is requesting technical advice from the KML Center Consortium on the following research issues:
- Identification of the root causes of the data quality problems, investigation of the solution issues involved, and recommendation of strategies for addressing these problems.
- Exploration of existing and emerging data cleansing the data mapping methodologies, including demonstration of selected capabilities applied to representative data in use-cases relevant to USTRANSCOM.
- Recommendation of steps that can be taken by USTRANSCOM immediately to mitigate at least some of the data quality problems.
USTRANSCOM as the Distribution Process Owner (DPO) and Global Synchronizer has responsibility for the global Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise, which includes the following two kinds of operational categories1: 1. Deployment Operations: The strategically planned movement of forces and their equipment in support of time-dependent objectives. 2. Distribution Operations: The continual movement of supplies to sustain deployed forces and humanitarian relief operations.
Deployment planning and execution challenges include: compartmentalized cost accounting; segmented planning; existing stove-piped data processing and planning systems; transportation mode decisions that are typically made prior to execution thereby inhibiting multi-modal optimization and timely reaction to conveyance mode change needs; management processes and tools that have evolved within different organizational units and are now an obstacle to achieving ITV; and, a general lack of adaptive re-planning tools for effective supply chain event management. Distribution planning challenges include: non-centralized decision-making responsibilities (e.g., routes are assigned by USTRANSCOM, distribution center locations are determined by DLA, and ships are selected by MSC and loaded by SDDC); and, the complexity of the distribution network typically forces improvements to be made reactively based on customer complaints rather than proactively based on the identification of trends and opportunities.
Identity & Access Management (I&AM) is a core tenet of achieving a USTRANSCOM Corporate Services Vision. The ability to grant access to information available via systems and services yet denying adversaries this same information is the framework of the information sharing puzzle. USTRANSCOMís current architecture is insufficient to achieve this vision.
We propose to research new tools and techniques to achieve this goal using open standards and protocols, in an effort to discover a solution that will allow for centralized control of account provisioning and access control.
The objective is to demonstrate the ability to authenticate to several resources using a single source that holds both authentication credentials as well as access control data. This includes allowing federation, but still centralizing all local authentication and access control decisions through a single system, which would front any local and federated credential stores. The expected outcome is a prototype demonstrating these abilities, as well as documentation to duplicate the environment, and general takeaways that can be applied to building a similar architecture using any compliant software.