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How We Are Transforming NASA

By digitally transforming NASA, we will improve our ability for collaboration, innovation, and optimization.

Our Framework

We will achieve our goal of digitally transforming NASA through our strategic framework.

3 Future State Goals

  • WORK: Faster, bolder, and more complex. We must deliver increasingly complex missions leveraging increasingly complicated partnerships—all on shorter timelines to achieve bolder outcomes that inspire the world.
  • WORKFORCE: Engaged and efficient employees. We aim to create a seamless, integrated, and inclusive experience that keeps employees energized and connected, all while inspiring growth and delivering high-value work.
  • WORKPLACE: Adaptable and collaborative workspaces. We will optimize a 21st-century hybrid work environment that powers flexible, adaptable, resilient, efficient, and effective teaming.

4 Transformation Targets

  1. Engineering: Enable agile multi-center/partner engineering teams to solve frontier problems. This will require engineering development, delivery, and operation of systems that span ground experiments to operational flight missions.
  2. Discovery: Multiply science and technology breakthroughs by leveraging diverse global minds and advances. ​​​​​​​The discovery efforts at NASA span science, foundational research, and early-stage technology invention/development.
  3. Decision Making: Accelerate risk-informed, evidence-based, self-consistent decision making. ​​​​​​​Though decision making is required across every corner of NASA, we will initially focused on execution decision making spanning all levels from project management to program management to executive council-level decision
  4. Operations: Optimize and synchronize our work environment to increase efficiency and efficacy between mission and mission support. Operations efforts span people, processes, and physical and digital plants [delete comma] across mission and mission support organizations.

5 Digital Levers

These five digital levers represents NASA’s digital north stars as guiding principles for digital investments across NASA organizations.

  1. Establish Interoperable Architectures: to provide the right work environment to enable us to work with who we need to work with in order to deliver our products.
  2. Transform Critical Processes: to streamline and modernize the workstreams to produce that value.
  3. Maximize the Impact of Data: to ensure the data required by and produced by those workstreams is findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable (aligned with NASA’s Data Strategy).
  4. Adopt Common Tools: to reduce tool sprawl and facilitate working in new ways using shared capabilities.
  5. Strengthen Inclusive Teaming: to eliminate barriers that inhibit teams from leveraging the full talents across our extended internal/external workforce.

6 Technology Foundations

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  1. Intelligent Automation: Eliminate, optimize and automate processes into synchronized workflows across enterprise platforms to maximize our efficiency and effectiveness to enable bolder missions faster.
  2. Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning: Harness machine capabilities to augment human intelligence in an era of big data.
  3. Digital Engineering: Employ digital models including digital twins across any/all functional domains to enable our people to address increasing complexity, scope, speed, uncertainty and changes.
  4. Zero Trust Architecture: Enable dynamic internal/external collaboration wherever teams need to work, leveraging secure infrastructure, identity, network and data architecture.
  5. Internet of Things: Integrate wireless, networked sensors and controls at scale to enable real-time hindsight, insight and foresight of smart assets.
  6. Extended Reality: Enhance agile internal/external teaming via seamless, immersive, secure visualization and collaboration.