Deltek Defense IT: Priorities and Strategies, 2017 and Beyond

Published: December 20, 2016

Federal Market AnalysisBig DataCloud ComputingCybersecurityForecasts and SpendingHealth ITInformation TechnologyISRMobilityUnmanned Systems

Deltek's Defense IT: Priorities and Strategies, 2017 and Beyond report examines the factors shaping the DoD’s information technology environment, explores IT investment areas, and identifies future defense IT priorities.

Facing uncertainty from the upcoming presidential transition, the Department of Defense (DoD) will continue efforts to transform its IT ecosystem into a unified Joint Information Environment (JIE) in as cost-effective a manner as possible. The next phase of the JIE will focus on completing the rollout of DoD’s new single sign-on security architecture and maturation of the Joint Regional Security Stack-based firewall to provide a secure networking environment. Parallel investments in cloud computing, big data analytics, enterprise mobility, and unmanned systems will merge with the DoD’s efforts to stand-up the JIE, providing opportunities for the department to leverage emerging technologies. Evolving research and development efforts, acquisition policies, legislative priorities, a fluid cyber threat environment, and rapidly changing technologies all help to shape the DoD’s vision for its future IT ecosystem. This report examines DoD’s efforts to increase efficiency and reduce costs while weaving together innovation and critical capabilities that support the its mission and strategy going forward.

Key Findings

  • The uncertain budget environment may cause DoD to struggle with reaching Joint Information Environment (JIE) milestones on schedule.
  • The FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will usher in changes to the DoD’s technology acquisition and administrative structure, enabling the DoD to accept more risk and experiment with emerging technologies more rapidly.
  • As the DoD’s network security matures, hardening vulnerable networked weapon systems will become increasingly important for all of the military departments.
  • The DoD will have all the major pieces in place by the end of FY 2017 to unleash a surge in cloud spending and commercial cloud use.
  • DoD’s disjointed enterprise data management strategies and lack of chief data officers is hindering the department’s enterprise-wide use of big data technology.
  • Securing the vulnerabilities that mobile devices introduce is the number one challenge to expanding mobile access across the DoD. New multi-factor authentication approaches will to an extent alleviate this problem.
  • The DoD’s R&D efforts will focus increased spending on emerging technologies to enable swarm control, autonomy, situational awareness, and man-machine interfaces for unmanned vehicles and systems.

    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 and Unmanned Systems

    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 2017 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, 2017 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.

  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Defense Agencies
  • Conclusions and Recommendations


  • Terms and Definitions