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IT architecture sharing agreement aims to cut costs

Aug. 29, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The Defense Information Systems Agency, the Army and the Air Force have agreed to share information technology architecture — a collaboration will save more than $1 billion, according to the Defense Department.

The agreement capitalizes on excess Army information technology capacity resulting from changes in force structure. At the same time, the Air Force is looking to modernize its IT architecture to meet the requirements of the future joint information environment.

“By partnering and taking advantage of the Army’s upgrade to faster multiprotocol label switching [MPLS] routers and regional security stacks, the Air Force was able to identify about $1.2 billion in cost avoidance,” according to an American Forces Press Service article. “The Army expects to reduce its IT budget by $785 million between fiscal years 2015 and 2019 by consolidating hundreds of network security stacks into 15 joint regional security stacks, which the Air Force will also use.”

The Army and DISA plan to implement the joint MPLS transport cloud and joint regional security stack consolidation in fiscal 2013 and 2014, with the goal of supporting operations in Southwest Asia and the continental United States.

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