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Air Force Pursues New IT Management Approach; Michael Basla Comments

data ServersThe U.S. Air Force plans to adopt a new approach to planning and funding information technology investments across the service, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jared Serbu writes the move is intended to expand the role of the branch’s chief information officer, reduce duplicative programs and commoditize infrastructure.

Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, the Air Force’s CIO and chief of information dominance, told an air and space exhibit in Maryland that he proposed integrating IT spending under one program management framework, according to the report.

Basla also said that technology infrastructure accounts for 40 to 70 percent of the service’s total IT budget, Serbu reports.

Air Force leaders are working to unite military networks into a single program of shared services.

“We’ve made great strides in AFNET migration, and it’s absolutely the precursor to joint information environment for us,” said Gen. William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command.

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