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ODNI to embrace consolidated information architecture

San Antonio, US: Chief information officers of key intelligence agencies in the US are moving towards a consolidated information architecture that will lead to common systems and information throughout much of the intelligence community, stated Al Tarasiuk, Chief information officer (CIO) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), US, during GEOINT 2011.

The current effort is being led by the agencies with the largest budgets—National Reconnaissance Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency and Central Intelligence Agency. But other members of the community are also participating as observers, and at some point they will all plug into the core functions of the new architecture, Tarasiuk indicated.

Al Tarasiuk presented a picture of what he described as “a new vision and strategy for IT in the IC.” Tarasiuk also laid out a timetable that calls for a plan to be presented to IC leaders in December, for implementation of that plan to begin in the current fiscal year, and for full implementation to be achieved by fiscal 2017.

While the catalyst for the transformation being embarked upon is the nation’s budget situation, Tarasiuk said, its developers see it also as an opportunity to achieve greater integration and efficiency in IT operations. “Besides the cost reductions, the value proposition for the IC is that we can become more agile, and more able to stand up missions quickly. We will have capacity and ability to more easily search, and better integration. There will be improvements in information discovery, access and sharing, and a more defensible IT infrastructure,” he continued. In addition, there will be a lot more consolidation of core infrastructure, leading to an expected reduction in the amount of data centre space.

“We hope that by the end of FY17 we would have a large nucleus of core functions and at least five of the agencies operating most of their IT through this new architecture,” Tarasiuk concluded.

Source: KMI Media Group