Software Modernization Means Moving Faster, Smarter > US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE – Department of Defense

Software Modernization Means Moving Faster, Smarter > US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE – Department of Defense

Software modernization is about delivering better software at a much greater speed to the warfighters, the Defense Department’s acting deputy chief information officer for the information enterprise.

Danielle Metz provided a keynote address today from the Pentagon via remote video to Federal Computer Week’s Cloud Security and Services Workshop.

The goal, she said, is to increase technological capabilities across the department and strengthen overall adoption of enterprise systems to expand the competitive space in the cyber domain, as outlined in the Digital Modernization Strategy, which is a cornerstone of the National Defense Strategy.

That is achieved through innovation, resilient cybersecurity and cultivation of talent, she added.

Metz spoke about the great power competition with Russia and China and how it relates to cyberspace and other domains: “We can’t always count on having the newest capability or the greatest capacity in our forces. We must identify new advantages of our near-peer adversaries, and how we operate as a cohesive, integrated joint force. The Digital Modernization Strategy is the pursuit of new sources of advantage in future conflicts.

“Lots of the traditional advantages that DOD has enjoyed are being eroded and will continue to erode over the next 10 years, we need to look for new sources of advantage,” Metz continued.

The way the department develops and deploys software production systems is a source of new advantage, she said. This source is the bedrock of the department’s software modernization strategy. 

The challenge, according to a recent DOD report, is recruiting,
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