Lauren Knausenberger: Air Force Must Automate IT Processes to Address Budget Shortfalls

Lauren Knausenberger: Air Force Must Automate IT Processes to Address Budget Shortfalls
Lauren Knausenberger CIO U.S. Air Force

Lauren Knausenberger, chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force and 2021 Wash100 Award, said the service branch must work to automate information technology procedures in preparation for budget flattening or decline, C4ISRnet reported Thursday.

Knausenberger said at an AFCEA event that the Air Force needs to keep up with the private sector which has been experiencing increases in IT spending.

The service must put more focus on automating manual procedures to ensure the nation’s competitive advantage, according to Knausenberger. The Air Force also needs more personnel with skills in coding, cloud engineering, artificial intelligence and communications, she noted.

Knausenberger added that airmen must also have the capacity to fully understand an environment that includes emerging capabilities such as 5G and satellite communications including SpaceX’s Starlink broadband constellation.

Col. Andrew D’Ippolito, A-6 director at Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, said at a prior industry event that the service needs to keep pace with commercial network technologies to prevent challenges with the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) platform.

Analysts expect the defense budget to reach up to $708 billion, according to C4ISRnet’s report.

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