The Navy just awarded a contract to manage, support and modernize its largest IT networks. In doing so, the Navy, in effect, made the decision to dismiss the two companies that have supported its IT efforts for decades, in favor of an entirely new entity. By removing nearly 30 combined years of institutional knowledge and experience in running these networks, the Navy is making a highly risky bet: that it can orchestrate the transformation of two networks within a mission-essential IT environment without disrupting operations, security or performance. Moreover, in taking on project management responsibilities, the Navy will be supported by a contractor without any experience operating the relevant networks. I have written more about this subject here.
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