Secretary of Defense James Mattis makes a point of the need to accelerate the pace at which weapons systems, military organizations and concepts of operations evolve to meet future threats. He calls this “the speed of relevance.” Operating at this new, higher speed, will depend, in part, on how well and quickly DoD can exploit rapid advances in information technology. Increasingly, the commercial world is focused on cloud computing and on fee-for-service delivery of capabilities. This approach allows for the rapid advancement of applications, high speed access to data, effective security and reduced costs. But moving to the cloud will require the Pentagon to adopt a new acquisition strategy. I have written more about DoD and the cloud for RealClearDefense here.
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