Building the Army’s Data Workforce

Kris Saling, the Army’s Chief Analytics Officer for Army Talent Management Task Force, is transforming the Army’s people data. In this episode, she discusses her 20-year career, building the Army’s human capital initiatives, AI and collaboration, and what to anticipate in the coming decade.


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Kristin Saling

Chief Analytics Officer for the Army Talent Management Task Force

Currently serving as the Chief Analytics Officer for the Army Talent Management Task Force. Saling coordinates analytic and technology solutions to promote data-driven decision-making across the Army’s people enterprise and leads the Army’s talent management effort for its data workforce. She has been battling and wrangling the Army’s personnel data for five years and has been serving the Army for 20 years as both an operations research/systems analyst and a combat engineer.

The translation from the analytic to action is 100% that leader’s responsibility. Otherwise, as you know, research can go into the transition valley of death and it just doesn’t quite make that transition into action.
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We’re really trying to get people to think about what is the starting question. That iterates constantly. We all know from going through this work that we will ask a starting question and it may not be the question we end up trying to solve.

What kind of problems are they churning on and how can we give them tools to help them integrate more information and better insights into their decision cycle? So, we’re trying to develop some of these tools, but we’re also trying to pull innovation and pull the right questions up from the force so that we can effectively meet in the middle.
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