If yours is like most enterprises, it is under intense competitive pressure to understand faster, decide faster, and act faster in an increasingly dynamic environment.\nFor businesses, that environment is the economy. But for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the environment in which they must leverage technology and tactics against deadly adversaries is more like a battlefield. And all but the most self-aggrandizing sales directors would agree that the stakes on the battlefield are considerably higher than growing revenue and capturing market share. (Not that they are trivial!)\n\n Read more: Cisco tool taps telemetry for network, security analytics\n\nTo accomplish its goal of \u201cintegrated deterrence,\u201d the DoD is relying on a framework called Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). Strip away the military jargon, though, and what we\u2019re really talking about is a concept quite familiar to enterprise IT pros: wholly integrated networks that are fast, reliable, flexible, scalable, and secure.\nIn creating these integrated networks, both the DoD and non-military enterprises must rely on edge computing, connected devices, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, predictive analytics, the enterprise cloud, automation, and identity management to succeed in a world where the timeframe for making decisions and taking action is constantly shrinking.\nThese interconnected technologies are working toward one essential goal: to enable the sharing of information. As Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, director of Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4), Cyber and Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff J-6, put it at a recent Pentagon press briefing, \u201cIt is all about the data.\u201d\nCrall says the challenge for JADC2 is one enterprise IT pros know well: Balancing the need to secure data \u201cwith the necessity to share that information at speed. And those two things, at times, are at odds with each other.\u201d\nSecurity and speed at times \u201care at odds with each other\u201d? Our Marine Corps lieutenant general is a master of understatement. Any IT pro can tell you that balancing the need for security with the real-time competitive imperatives of the digital age is a constant, stressful challenge. It\u2019s the timeless productivity-versus-risk tradeoff, one that was intensified during the pandemic because suddenly tens of millions of enterprise employees were working remotely, trying to access network data and resources using personal devices that lacked end-point security.\nFor CIOs and other IT leaders, there are two big takeaways from the DoD\u2019s JADC2 initiative. One is that effectively integrating network technologies to enhance operational efficiencies and achieve competitive goals requires a strategic framework. You can\u2019t just wing it. Deployment must be tied to organizational objectives.\nThe second is that you need to involve and get buy-in from stakeholders across the enterprise. Failure to get buy-in can result in worse than wasted money and opportunities; it can doom your efforts.\nCrall says JADC2 \u201cbrings together some rather disparate communities within the department and has us work together for a common cause. And that is needed because there are OSD (Office of the Secretary of Defense) equities as you might imagine, service equities, joint staff equities, combatant command and the like.\u201d\nIf JADC2 can get the Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy to agree on a plan, there\u2019s no reason you can\u2019t get your sales director, CFO and COO on the same page regarding using digital transformation. That is best done by identifying a common goal. For the military, it\u2019s to develop superior warfighting capabilities at the remote battlefield level. For your organization, it might be to launch a new product line, enter a new market, or reduce operating expenses.\n\u201cIn the simplest terms,\u201d Crall says, \u201cwhat the JADC2 strategy does is bring order to our efforts in the command and control arena to sense, make sense, and act all at the speed of relevance.\u201d\nThe \u201cspeed of relevance.\u201d That says it all.