Facilities at some closed Army installations were not maintained at a high enough level for reuse within communities surrounding the closed bases because the Army doesn't have specific guidelines for maintenance, a May 14 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
"That competition and conflict are about people is hardly a revelation. Nevertheless, this fundamental premise often has not received the central emphasis that it should in U.S. military deliberation," says the white paper, released May 13 and signed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos and Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of Special Operations Command.
President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget requests $526.6 billion for the Defense Department, including $155.8 billion for the Navy, $144.4 billion for the Air Force and $129.7 billion for the Army. By function, the budget includes $209.4 billion for operation and maintenance, $137.1 billion for military personnel and $99.3 billion for procurement.
The current fiscal uncertainty due to sequestration and the continuing resolution threatens present and future military readiness and strength, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the House Appropriations Committee.
Rather than, for example, build a new system to capture photographs of possible improvised explosive devices for analysis with dedicated hardware and software, "they can leverage a mobile device that will take that picture and send it back to the server, and all [the Marines on patrol] are focused on is the application," said Capt. Josh Dixon, project officer for technology transition within the Marine Corps Systems Command.
The Navy Department has closed between five and seven data centers so far as part of its effort to reduce its total down to 25 or below by 2017, departmental Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told reporters Nov. 26. That the department has closed so far only 5 percent or less of the data centers it needs to doesn't mean that progress hasn't been made, Halvorsen said.
The Marine Corps has concluded that it can't always rely on cloud computing to provide data required by end users of mobile devices, said Capt. Josh Dixon, project officer for technology transition within the Marine Corps Systems Command. "We don't have a lot of connectivity in certain environments," Dixon said while speaking July 20 during an AFCEA-DC conference on military adoption of mobile technologies.
The Army will not entertain bring-your-down-device as an option for the tactical environment, said an Army official May 21.
The 5 year, $4.5 billion solcitation for land-based network operations and management calls for up to 134,000 thin client machines.NGEN will replace the Continuity-Of-Service Contract , the federal government's largest network management program.
As of April 2012, neither the Air Force nor the Navy are actively integrating item unique identifiers into their ERPs, the GAO says.