DOD's Wells is skeptical about IT outsourcing

DOD's Wells is skeptical about IT outsourcing

The Defense Department's acting chief information officer recently said DOD agencies might be moving too rapidly to outsource information technology.

Linton Wells
The chief concern: There may not be enough in-house expertise to lead large projects.

In a keynote address last month at the Army Small Computer Program Status Review conference in Baltimore, Linton Wells II cited a study of commercial outsourcing done at Johns Hopkins University. The study found that companies whose outsourcing projects succeeded had competent in-house staffs to oversee them.

'We have to be careful that we're not rushing to do it,' Wells said. 'We need to make sure we're not losing track of who's providing our parts and our service.'

'D.S. Onley


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