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Pentagon Outlines Plan to Consolidate IT Services in 2012

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The Defense Department is aggressively working to consolidate and simplify its information technology networks, according to a department strategy report.

The Pentagon says the report lays the foundation for how it will handle IT related issues to improve overall efficiency and cut costs.

According to Teri Takai, the defense chief information officer, the plan strives to significantly consolidate IT services.

“This document is our strategy and initial road map to achieve these goals and deliver a streamlined, rationalized, and simpler network by consolidating IT infrastructure across DoD,” wrote Takai.

The plan mirrors former federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s 25-point plan, which calls for a government “cloud-first” initiative and the consolidation of multiple data centers.

According to the report, the Pentagon estimates it can save between $1.2 billion and $2.2 billion annually by fiscal year 2016. Post-2016, the Pentagon says it can save an additional $3.3 billion to $5.2 billion annually. In addition, the Pentagon has already trimmed around $1.7 billion from its fiscal 2012 budget.

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