Defense IT Initiative Likely Unscathed By Critical GAO Report

By Daniel Wilson (July 25, 2016, 9:03 PM EDT) -- A recent audit of the Pentagon's ambitious Joint Information Environment initiative, a major information technology overhaul, found that the effort lacked sufficient oversight and didn't clearly define what it is supposed to cover, but experts say that criticism reflects the inapposite nature of the audit more than any fundamental flaw with the initiative.

The JIE initiative, launched in 2010, attempts to make changes that touch on effectively every aspect of the U.S. Department of Defense's information technology infrastructure, across all military branches. It is a broad framework aimed at cutting down on IT costs and complexity, improving interoperability between multiple IT...

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