Implementing a Modern Warfighting Supply-Chain for Information Technology Acquisitions
MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA
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The Federal Government has committed hundreds of billions of dollars toward solving problems identified in the 911 Commission Report, specifically, the collective failure to share information and deliver actionable intelligence. The Armed Forces suffered the effects of this dilemma for years in Iraq and Afghanistan and the information-sharing challenge persists. As numbers of sensors and data volumes continue to grow exponentially, it will become more daunting unless the government alters its approach. The DoD must implement a separate, agile process for acquiring IT systems that comprise the majority of ISR functionality, This paper summarizes findings across the DoD that support these assertions as well as subsequent organizational corrective responses. Between a DSB Task Force, OSD, and OMB, a shared set of solutions emerges. These recommendations coincide with the vision set forth in the Marine Corps ISR Enterprise Roadmap. The pairing between the need to revamp IT acquisitions and a service-level volition to improve the process provides a unique opportunity for the Marine Corps to demonstrate success through a service-sponsored pilot program.
- Computer Systems
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Intelligence
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies