Air Force IT modernization ahead of schedule, CIO says
The Air Force's IT modernization effort is moving forward rapidly, and the service should reach its targets for 2012 ahead of schedule, the Air Force CIO said recently.
The goal over the next six years is to go from a servicewide total of 1,700 separate systems and 19,000 applications to a better-integrated unit of 700 systems and 10,000 applications, Lt. Gen. Michael Peterson, chief of warfighting integration and CIO for the Air Force, said at a lunch sponsored by the Industry Advisory Council in Arlington, Va.
'We will be there well ahead of that,' Peterson said of the 2012 targets. 'And we have to be.'
The Air Force also is committed to the recapitalization of its aging air fleet, Peterson said. The average age of the force's aircraft'23 years'makes this imperative.
In fact, 'recapitalization and modernization' is now one of the Air Force's top three priorities. The other two are winning the global war on terror and taking care of agency personnel, he said.
Overall, the Air Force is not planning to reduce the air fleet, given the warfighting challenges ahead. 'We're not bringing the number of wings down, because we have new missions,' Peterson said.
But the agency is aiming for cost savings through smarter business operations and more sophisticated technology.Army and Air Force ink deals with AT&T
The Army and the Air Force have awarded contracts totaling nearly $8 million to AT&T Government Solutions.
Under a three-year contract worth $4.8 million, AT&T will conduct a LAN upgrade for the Army and Air Force Exchange Services, a joint-service military organization.
AT&T Corp. will provide LAN upgrades to address Army and Air Force Exchange Services requirements for headquarters, disaster recovery and call center operations.
Under a nine-month, $3 million contract, AT&T will manage a program to supply and install spare Nortel Networks networking equipment for existing communications networks on Air Force bases.
The deal was awarded under the NetCents contract, which allows the Air Force and other government agencies to purchase net-centric technology and equipment as well as systems engineering and other capabilities that support the Air Force's Global Information Grid architecture. AT&T is a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman Corp. on the NetCents contract.