The U.S. Navy Department has slashed $2 billion from the $8 billion the department annually spends on information technology, Federal News Radio reported on Thursday.
Jared Serbu writes Navy Department chief information officer Terry Halvorsen has said the department spends 4.5 percent of its budget on IT, in-line with the current industry rate of between 4.5 and 5 percent.
The Navy CIO added that the Navy will try to cut more from the IT budget going forward to save more money for the department.
Halvorsen told the audience at the AFCEA Northern Virginia chapter’s annual Navy IT event in Tysons Corner, Va. that the Navy Department reduced its spending on mobile devices and wireless services by 20 percent, according to the Federal News Radio.
Serbu writes Halvorsen noted that mobility has been one of the department’s disjointed purchases worldwide because of the previously decentralized process for buying mobile capabilities by Navy commands around the world.
Halvorsen added the Navy Department has achieved 99 percent network-wide reliability, the Federal News Radio reported.