3 Public Resources You Need to Prepare for Meeting With DOD

By Toné Mason, Senior Analyst

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Investing time in being prepared prior to meeting with a government contact is vital — especially if you are diving into new departments and agencies within the DOD. Here are 3 top public resources at your disposal – and they are free!

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Top CAPEX IT Investment Areas in DoD’s Fourth Estate for FY21

By Toné Mason, Senior Analyst

We have officially made it to FY21 and my final installment about the Department of Defense’s top FY21 CAPEX investment areas. There’s nothing better to finish the series with than the Fourth Estate, or DoD non-warfighting agencies.

According to the FY21 President’s Budget Request, these agencies are on track to see a boost in CAPEX funding this fiscal year of $2.2B! Here are the programs receiving the top dollars:

(1) Department of Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization – DHMSM

With an increase of 68% over FY20, the DHMSM program is expected to receive more than $460M. This program will receive the most CAPEX funding across the entire Department of Defense – including service components. Read more of this post

Top CAPEX Investment Areas in Navy IT for FY21

By Toné Mason, DOD Senior Analyst

In accordance with the FY21 President’s budget request, the Navy is on track to receive a boost of more than $200M in CAPEX funding for the new fiscal year, which brings FY21 CAPEX funding for Navy IT to more than $1B.

The top 3 Navy programs seeing the biggest boosts in funding in FY21 are also among the top 5 DOD programs receiving the most CAPEX funding.

Here are the Navy programs at the top of the list: Read more of this post

Top CAPEX Investment Areas in Air Force IT for FY21

By Toné Mason, DOD Senior Analyst

Capital expenditure funding is where new opportunities lie for IT spending. In this blog, I will cover the top 5 CAPEX-funded IT efforts the Air Force has slated for FY21:

(1) B-52 Defense Research and Engineering Network – Tinker | FY21 CAPEX: $135M

The B-52 Defense Research and Engineering Network program at Tinker Air Force Base is a relatively new program which received initial funding in FY20. With zero steady state/operation and maintenance funds allocated, this a good time to get involved with this program. The program is focused on providing a fast and efficient network connections for the B-52 engineering virtual desktop environment (VDI). Contractors with experience in network infrastructure, servers, storage, endpoints, workflow management, 5G and cybersecurity should consider this program. Read more of this post

What You Need to Know About Changes to the Army CIO/G-6

By the end of August, the Army will split the chief information officer (CIO/G-6) role into two separate positions — CIO and Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS) of the G-6. Each role will have separate headquarters, each with its own supporting organization. In terms of staffing the new organizations, the Army is primarily focused on utilizing the resources and funding that they currently have. As a result, a major shift in new names and faces is not anticipated at this time.

The CIO Role

Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, the current CIO/G-6, will maintain his role until he moves on to his next assignment. Upon his transition, when that comes, the new CIO will be another three-star general and a member of the secretariat.   Read more of this post

Top CAPEX Investment Areas in Army IT for FY21

By Toné Mason, DOD Senior Analyst

It is no exaggeration to say FY20 has been a tumultuous year and that the upcoming FY21 budget will likely see noteable changes from what the White House submitted in February. However, for the Department of Defense, and the Army in particular, the major strategic priorities highlighted in the FY21 budget request are unlikely to change.

Here are the top 5 IT programs the Army has slated for FY21, ranked by level of capital expenditure. These represent areas where the Army is expanding their focus, and consequently dollars and where they need IT solutions to help them address their requirements.

High Performance Computing Modernization Program

With FY21 capital expenditure (CAPEX) funds, exceeding $188M, the High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) is the largest CAPEX program  and a key investment opportunity for vendors who offer products focused on data analytics, big data, artificial intelligence and edge computing. HPCMP provides artificial intelligence and machine learning technology for the Army, Air Force, Navy and other Defense agencies. This program is anticipated to lead to the development of 3D computations and simulations for major weapon designs and war time capabilities.   Read more of this post

Top Trending Technologies in DOD for 2020

By Toné Mason, DOD Senior Analyst

FY20 has truly been the year of technology acceleration within the Department of Defense. Our world has never been more capable technology-wise than it is today. The arrival of 5G and the new challenges brought on by a rapidly expanding remote workforce have catapulted the adoption of new and innovative technologies.

The DOD is at a point where they are looking to gain a better understanding of currently available technologies and applying them where it makes the most sense. Below are some of the key areas the DOD is focused on right now.

Data Integrity

Data integrity is one of the essential areas. As the need for transparency increases and desire to expand more into AI and machine learning, there has been more of a realization that DOD’s data is not consistent, not all data is being recorded and data is incomplete. Read more of this post

Winners in the FY21 Defense Budget Request

By Toné Mason, Senior DOD Analyst

The President is requesting $705.4B in DOD funding for FY21, which is a modest 0.1% increase from FY20. The biggest winner by far is U.S. Space Force, but there are still plenty of opportunities across DOD and the services for IT vendors.

Announced in FY20, funding for Space Force in FY21 is largely focused on providing funding for the establishment of the organization as a whole. More details regarding metrics and objectives are anticipated to be further developed over the next few years. From what we know at this time, automation, infrastructure, cyber and data analytics are anticipated to be key areas of interest for them.

Here’s a summary of DOD budget highlights for FY21. Read more of this post

Space Force…Lasers, Satellites, Debt, Oh My!

By Toné Mason, DOD Senior Analyst

The Space Force has finally been established and its focus will be on national security and the preservation of satellites. But what exactly is it and where is it going? Will it include spaceships that shoot out laser beams?

Lots of people are asking lots of questions, but let’s get started with the biggest elephant in the room – armed combat. The Space Force will not include armed combat scenarios and the Air Force has no intentions to make it that way. Now that bubbles have been burst, what is the point of the Space Force if it won’t include armed combat? Why do we need a Space Force if there will be no armed combat? Read more of this post

Military Health IT Modernization: What Lies Ahead – Part 2

By Toné Mason, DOD Senior Analyst

As I discussed in my blog last month, health technology and health services continue to represent a significant part of DOD spending, requiring acquisition planning to keep pace. With limited funding and enterprise contracts essentially status quo through 2020, agency executives are encouraging vendors to prepare now for 2021.

At the recent 2019 Defense Health Information Technology Symposium, Tom McCaffery, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs noted that the Military Health System (MHS) is a $50+ billion per year military medical enterprise, with 51 hospitals, 424 medical clinics and 248 dental clinics worldwide. As a health benefits program, it covers 9.5 million lives, almost 800,000 network providers, with over 60% of care purchased from civilian sources. McCaffery estimated that MHS spends $1 of every $10 budgeted to the DoD each year. Read more of this post

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