Automation and Cybersecurity Take Center Stage in Air Force FY15 IT Modernization Priorities

Stephanie Headshot 65x85by Stephanie Meloni, Senior Analyst

Last week, key Air Force Fighter Jetleaders engaged with industry at AFCEA NOVA’s Air Force IT Day to speak about opportunities and challenges their organizations are facing, and where they need industry support. The Air Force is the only one of the military services to request an increase in their IT budget for FY15; within their $5.9B request for FY15, about $2.3B is earmarked for capital expenditures for the Air Force to purchase new technologies and capabilities. This shows their commitment to focus on more innovative solutions that meet challenges they face every day. The Air Force wants to be able to incorporate more emerging technologies into their operations and leverage inputs from experts in industry, academia, and the rest of DOD.

Since Air Force’s main priority for FY15 is IT modernization, they’re going to want to spend theirs IT dollars on either technologies that will help them save money on operations —which allows them to divert funds to modernization efforts — or technologies that will help drive new and innovative capabilities.

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NextGen Takes Off

Kevin Shaker_65 x 85by Kevin Shaker, Analyst, Market Intelligence

In FY15, the President requestedNextGen Implementation $3.3B for IT operations at Department of Transportation (DOT), with a whopping 88% dispensed to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The remaining budget, just under $400 million, is left to be distributed amongst other DOT agencies and headquarters. This means that you’ll definitely want to focus on the FAA within the Department of Transportation. There are several opportunities awaiting within the NextGen projects and it’s a great time to get your company involved with the DOT’s IT plans.

Most opportunities applicable to the FAA are found within the NextGen project, which is the agency’s initiative to modernize how the U.S. engages air travel. No matter what your company sells to the government, you may find opportunities within the NextGen project — having an entire R&D portfolio containing more than $160 million in pure development funding.

Here are some important projects you’ll want to familiarize yourself with in FY15:

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