Army announces new digital transformation strategy

Washington — The Army has announced a digital transformation plan as a way to synchronize all its technology modernization efforts and improve its multi-domain operational stance, said the service’s chief information officer.

“This is a new way to do business for the Army,” Raj Iyer told reporters at the annual AUSA conference. “Digital transformation is about leveraging unprecedented commercial technology to strengthen collaboration with the industry … it’s not an IT project … it’s about changing culture. Yes, it’s about empowering employees to do different things and making better use of these commercial technologies. “

This strategy is organized for three purposes. Modernization and preparation, including the creation of a digitally-enabled data-driven army. reform. This includes digital investment optimization and mission coordination that provide greater value to the Army. And partnership with people, which includes improving the workforce.

Technologies associated with this plan include cloud, data, cybersecurity, and mission networks.

Iyer said the strategy would allow the Army to prioritize appropriate initiatives, thereby saving money.

Threats to military networks are a major driver in driving digital transformation.

“The attacks we receive in the military have changed dramatically. They used to be border defenses, but they were good at defending the system. Today, many of these attacks cover the attack surface. We’re raising it to the application level, “Major Matthew Easley, chief cybersecurity officer at the CIO’s office, told reporters. “It forces us to change the way we think about cybersecurity and systems,” he added.

Iyer explained that the Army wants to implement enterprise computing in a more centralized way. This is also a deviation from the past.

“Every commander has done something unique. It’s all led to many outstanding silos over the years. Looking at the requirements for multi-domain operations, that model has stopped working. “Iyer said. “We need to reach a more centralized approach to doing things, and the cloud gives us a tremendous opportunity to do that.”

This strategy follows the recently released one Unified network strategy, Try to link the enterprise network to tactics.

Mark Pomerleau is a C4ISRNET reporter covering information warfare and cyberspace.

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