Bill Marion on Air Force’s Digital Modernization Roadmap

Bill Marion, former USAF Deputy Chief Information Officer
Bill Marion, former USAF Deputy Chief Information Officer

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has aligned all the elements of its digital modernization strategy and Bill Marion, the service’s former deputy chief information officer, said the roadmap will help his successor speed up the pace of modernization, Federal News Network reported Monday.

“Continuing along that roadmap line, all of the enterprise IT-as-a-service and related IT and digital modernization efforts are very front and center. We have to keep accelerating them and keep driving them,” Marion told the network’s Ask the CIO program. “I think we will accelerate 5G even more, and I think COVID-19 will drive unified collaboration even more. And the journey we are with the chief data officer where data is a strategic asset is another key one.”

Marion, who stepped down from his role on April 30, also discussed the Digital U program as part of the service’s digital workforce training initiative and offered updates on the service’s network modernization effort, including the Platform One and Cloud One initiatives.

“We are continuing to move forward with our bring-your-own-device program and accelerating that option,” he said. “Network-as-a-service has had some challenges, but we are seeing some good progress specifically on the Microsoft side in the work they are doing and looking at how they are starting to transform our network.

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