What you need to know about Army’s IT modernization strategy

By Stephanie Meloni, senior consultant

The Army views multi-domain operations as the future operating concept it needs to gain a competitive advantage against adversaries.

Despite the possibility of receiving increased funding under a new administration, the Army will largely be focused on readiness, as opposed to modernization. Readiness ensures that soldiers have proper training and equipment, while modernization would mean investing in new capabilities and technologies.

The good news for the IT industry is that multi-domain operations is a concept that addresses both modernization and readiness. And it will ultimately help the warfighter out-maneuver adversaries in land, cyber and intelligence. (You can hear more in my recent on-demand webinar on the Army’s IT Modernization Plan.)

Implementing multi-domain operations will entail significant changes to enterprise architecture and networking infrastructure to give the Army the flexibility it needs when it comes to configuration management and data sharing. This concept is all about data integration—and performing analysis on the data itself. Here are some ways the Army will be using its data to improve operations:

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DOD and IoT: 2 ways industry can help right now

Stephanie Meloni_65x85By Stephanie Meloni, consultant

If you’ve been attending industry events and keeping up with the news, you’ve surely been hearing buzz about the internet of things (IoT).

And if the DOD is part of your sales territory, you’re probably hearing how important it is to get IoT right, particularly when it comes to securing connected devices. But there hasn’t been a lot of action behind those words.

Many civilian agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce have already released strategic documents and plans for IoT, but the Department of Defense has yet to release an official strategy.

Even so, government customers across DOD are giving thought as to how to handle IoT, and in some ways, are already implementing projects. So how can technology companies get involved as this trend continues to pick up steam?

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The military needs better control of its data. Can you help?

Stephanie Meloni_65x85DCGS, military, surveillance, advanced analytics, cybersecurityThe military’s Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) is a weapons system that produces military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to multiple military branches and government agencies. It’s a highly important intelligence tool and it’s in need of a major tech infusion, said IT leaders last week.

The program managers and developers at the Northern Virginia Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association event last week discussed the current and future state of DCGS, which is in need of open architecture, analytics and stronger cybersecurity.

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3 important IT trends to watch in 2017—Part I

Stephanie Meloni_65x85dod2017_010317By Stephanie Meloni, consultant

It’s the first week of the new year. Do you know how you’ll make money in 2017?

If you’re selling to the Department of Defense or want to, we’ve narrowed down the three areas where we expect to see investments. Assuming we get funding in line with the FY17 requests, we’re looking at about a 1 percent increase for the overall DOD IT budget. It sounds measly but we’re talking about a $400 million bump.

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4 defense tech targets for FY17

Stephanie Meloni_65x85jef_5430By Stephanie Meloni, consultant

We’re one month into the government’s 2017 fiscal year and it’s clear where the technology bright spots will be for the next 12 months and (most likely) beyond: Autonomy, cybersecurity, infrastructure, and advanced analytics.

You’ll hear more about how these technologies are shaping the Department of Defense at the Third Annual Government IT Sales Summit on Nov. 17 in Reston, Va. immixGroup DOD expert, Lloyd McCoy, and I will go into more details during our DOD FY17 Federal Budget Briefing.

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Air Force Fine Tunes Its Cyber Policy

Stephanie Meloni_65x85cybersecurity_092816By Stephanie Meloni, Consultant

Two main themes emerged at the recent Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference (AFITC) that will affect future Air Force cyber activities: increased automation and further integration of cyber across all warfighting domains.

Air Force senior leaders gathered at AFITC in Alabama to discuss their vision for the future of cyber operations across the organization as the service evolves its cyber practices and discovers vulnerabilities in networks and weapon systems.

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Key Takeaways from DoDIIS Worldwide Conference

Stephanie Meloni_65x85DoDIIS_081016By Stephanie Meloni, Consultant

The intelligence community (IC) isn’t using enough predictive analytics to stay ahead of threats, said senior government leaders at last week’s Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems Worldwide Conference in Atlanta.

Senior DOD and IC leaders speaking at the conference pointed to several other key IT priorities for enhancing future operations, along with the challenges they face. Data integration and decision making, as well as cyber, were central to their strategies.

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