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Transcom Evaluating IT Infrastructure for New Strategy; Gregory Touhill Comments

U.S. Transportation Command is prioritizing information technology as part of its new five-year strategy, American Forces Press Service reports.

Donna Miles writes the command is evaluating its 77 IT systems and its components across 16 systems, costing nearly $500 million per year.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Gregory Touhill, Transcom’s director of command, control, communications and cyber systems, said every organization in the command relies on IT.

The command shares information to organize its movements, he said, adding many believe IT is the command’s fuel.

Touhill told AFPS he wants to use more web technologies such as service-oriented architectures in lieu of relying on expensive custom interfaces.

Miles writes Transcom could also adopt the Extensible Markup Language as a common process.

One aspect of Transcom’s plan is using the same systems throughout its processes, including running multiple operating systems at once through a central processing unit, Miles writes.

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