DoD IT Efforts Focus on Warfighter, Competitive Edge, CIO Says


The Defense Department’s information technology efforts are focused on maintaining the warfighters’ edge and supporting national defense priorities, DoD’s chief information officer said here today.

“Today’s security environment is affected by rapid technological advancements and the changing character of war,” Dana Deasy said in a keynote address at a conference hosted by Defense Systems. “The warfighter needs access to intelligence and communication to enable quick decision-making and maintain a competitive edge.”

DoD is in a “period of unified purpose, intellectual rigor, and unwavering dedication” to the National Defense Strategy’s three lines of effort – increasing lethality, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices, he said.

Deasy identified four strategic areas in the department’s digital modernization in support of the National Defense Strategy, listing them in order of integration: cloud; artificial intelligence; command, control and communications; and cyber.

Cyber, Deasy said, is central to everything the department does.

“We must dominate in cyber,” he said. “The complexity and interdependencies of our digital modernization and adversary use of cyber means it is more critical each day that we place cyber security first.”

The department, he said, is countering…

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