Defense IT: Priorities and Strategies, 2016 and Beyond

Published: December 18, 2015

Federal Market AnalysisInformation Technology

Deltek's Defense IT: Priorities and Strategies, 2016 and Beyond examines the factors shaping the DoD’s information technology environment, explores IT investment areas, and identifies future defense IT priorities.

With budgetary pressure from sequestration abating, the Department of Defense (DoD) continues efforts to transform its IT ecosystem into a unified Joint Information Environment (JIE) as the basis of its long-term strategy. The new JIE will enable the DoD to leverage cloud computing, big data analytics, enterprise mobility and enhanced cybersecurity capabilities, as well as emerging technologies like software-defined networking and the Internet of Things. Evolving acquisition policies, workforce challenges, legislative priorities, a fluid cyber threat environment and rapidly changing technology all help to shape the DoD’s IT vision for the future. This report examines DoD’s efforts to increase efficiency and reduce costs while weaving together innovation and critical capabilities that support the DoD’s mission and strategy going forward.

Key Findings

  • Easing budget pressures in FY 2016 and 2017 will lend predictability to the development of DoD’s Joint Information Environment (JIE) effort, enabling funding to be directed through tech refresh budgets to high-priority efforts like Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) implementation.
  • The FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) centralizes cyber acquisition authority within USCYBERCOM and authorizes multiple major procurements to enhance DoD’s ability to defend, retaliate, and operate within cyberspace.
  • Multiple organizations across the DoD (including Army, DLA, DISA/GSA) are competing or considering cloud specific contract vehicles to meet defense-specific needs.
  • Application rationalization continues to pose a major challenge for the Army, Air Force, and some Defense Agencies (i.e., DHA). The problem is less acute in the Navy and Marine Corps.
  • Defense customers are very interested in big data solutions delivered via the cloud, particularly security, business, and health IT analytics.
  • The DoD has made progress in establishing enterprise mobility solutions, however each of the armed services is addressing mobility in its own way.

This report explores how current factors are shaping IT investment in the following high-priority areas:

  • The Joint Information Environment (JIE)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Big Data
  • Mobility
  • Business Systems Modernization
  • Health IT
  • ISR R&D

Critical Insight for Vendors

This report identifies major drivers in the defense IT market with a focus on strategic direction, acquisition policies, legislative priorities outlined in the FY 2016 NDAA and market forecasts for several major technology areas. The report provides recommendations for solutions providers seeking to maximize their market positioning to best take advantage of defense business opportunities.

Deltek’s Defense IT: Priorities and Strategies, 2016 and Beyond is delivered in PowerPoint® format, including an Executive Briefing summarizing the key findings and an Excel® workbook containing data used for the analysis.

  • Purpose of the Report
  • Scope and Methodology
  • Key Findings
Defense IT Market Drivers
  • Defense Budget Environment
  • Defense Policy Environment
  • Defense Acquisition Environment
Defense Technology Areas
  • Overview: Joint Information Environment
  • Defense Agencies
  • Army
  • Air Force
  • Navy
Conclusions and Recommendations Appendix
  • Terms and Definitions