Department of Defense

Common Data Fabric (CDF)

The Challenge:

Across the DoD, service components and agencies operate under unique titles, authorities, and missions, generating and consuming data in support of their specific missions. As a result, data gets created and stored in mission silos where it becomes stove-piped and cannot be easily accessed from outside those mission boundaries and governing authorities. ​

The Solution:

CDF is a commercial software based data broker that provides enterprise intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data to consuming machines and applications throughout the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE). The CDF data broker is a critical component of the Defense Intelligence Digital Transformation implementation​.

  • CDF provides the fastest, most secure enterprise capability for sharing Intelligence Community (IC) data 
  • CDF ensures compliance with enterprise directives and guidance by the U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security and U.S. Director of National Intelligence
  • On average each consumer has access to over 500 data resources with one connection to the CDF.

The Benefits

CDF enables U.S. forces operating in a joint environment access to all DoD ISR data across unique mission boundaries​. Today, CDF brokers over 900 data resources provided by Defense Intelligence Enterprise, and the data catalogue continues to grow.