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OSD now has its own CIO and a new directorate to modernize IT functions

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An implementation plan describing the key actions and phases to improve the office’s IT enterprise is in the pipeline.

DOD wants JADC2; service members still want working computers

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Nearly eight months after the "Fix Our Computers" letter went viral, DefenseScoop checks in on what's happened since.

Air Force CIO releases IT strategy to run through fiscal 2028

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The Air Force has released an interim “CIO strategy” meant to hone the department’s IT efforts through fiscal 2028. CIO Lauren Knausenberger announced the interim strategy Monday at the Department of the Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower 2022 event in Montgomery, Alabama, saying that she expects a final version will be approved “in the coming days.” “This was our effort to publicly go to the next level of detail…

DISA creates new tech incubator, DISAWERX, to support innovation

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The Defense Information Systems Agency recently launched its own technology incubator — DISAWERX — designed to provide Pentagon personnel who have IT expertise with a multi-faceted hub to prototype and rapidly refine capabilities of interest.  DISAWERX includes a virtual environment, event organizer and physical laboratory based in Maryland, where stakeholders from the Defense Department, industry and academia can swiftly experiment with emerging and disruptive technologies.  “That’s the whole thing,” Jeanelle…

Contract award imminent for EITaaS Wave 1, Air Force CIO says

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The Air Force is “close” to issuing a contract award for Wave 1 of its Enterprise IT as a Service (EITaaS) initiative, according to the chief information officer. A few years ago, the Air Force embarked on outsourcing much of its IT functions to private industry to free up its own personnel from doing mundane network activities so they could focus more on proactive functions such as hunting threats on…

Project to converge Army enterprise business systems will be ‘marquee effort’ for CIO

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The Army plans to award multiple contracts to industry for IT prototypes that could help the department modernize and integrate its many enterprise business systems. Overall, the service plans to invest about $1.4 billion in its business systems in fiscal 2023. “Our marquee effort in ‘23, though, is going to be our implementation or initial prototyping for our new enterprise business systems convergence. And this is our modernization of our…

Marine Corps outlines priorities for improving tactical data and communications capabilities

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The Marine Corps is undertaking several efforts in the next two years to improve how it leverages data at the tactical edge to make it more effective in highly dynamic environments. Self-described as America’s 9-1-1 force and thus needing to be extremely mobile and agile, the Corps needs to flow data rapidly and understand it. “Force design, what does that mean for me as the deputy commandant for information? If…

DOD experimenting with 5G tech to avoid interference with aviation equipment

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The Department of Defense has been working to ensure the activation of new commercial 5G network signals won’t interfere with its aviation communications equipment as those in the commercial airline industry fear it might. The DOD’s testing comes as commercial airlines wrestle with possible disruptions due to the launching of new 5G services this week near airports. Regulators and airline industry representatives have voiced concerns that the networks could interfere…