Many thanks to Amber Corrin of C4ISRNet for passing along her report on my AFCEA DC luncheon discussion with LTG Bruce Crawford USA, Army Chief Information Officer/G6:
“Amid a sweeping network review under way on the orders of the Army’s top officer, service officials are changing their approach to modernize the service’s IT and networks writ large.
“‘Modernization has less to do with what we are buying and more to do with [changing] how we are buying,’ said Army CIO/G-6 Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford.
“Until recently, IT equipment was bought via operational needs statements and quickly deployed into the hands of soldiers – good news for troops on the ground in more than 16 years of combat. But the bad news is that equipment never went through the fundamental infrastructure and sustainment processes that create a holistic, networked communications system. That type of approach is thought to be necessary to accommodate future conflicts.”