NSA to use seat management for some areas

NSA to use seat management for some areas

National Security Agency officials last week announced plans to outsource four nonclassified areas of information technology infrastructure to better focus on NSA's core missions and cost-effectively upgrade its infrastructure.

A 15-month study, Project Groundbreaker, compared outsourcing with in-house efforts, according to a June 7 agency statement, which called the move 'a dramatic change in NSA's long-standing IT operations.'

In addition to computers, networks, servers, telecommunications and help desk support, NSA will outsource enterprise and security management.

Need for flexibility

To succeed in foreign signals intelligence collection and information assurance for the government, 'we must immediately begin to invest in our IT infrastructure to secure NSA's agility and adaptability to the Information Age,' said Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, NSA director.

NSA officials plan to make an outsourcing award by next spring, they said.

'Explosive growth in the global network and new technologies make our partnership with industry more vital to NSA's success than ever before,' Hayden said.

Like their four sister intelligence agencies'the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and National Reconnaissance Office'NSA officials have been redefining their post-Cold War mission.

Hayden last year instituted a program known as '100 Days of Change' to examine how the agency could improve performance.

NSA follows the Navy and several civilian federal agencies in implementing desktop PC outsourcing.

'Bill Murray

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