Air Force launches modernization office

On Sept. 2, the Air Force opened a Business Modernization Systems Integration Office that reports to CIO John Gilligan. Next month, the new office is expected to release a plan for its business enterprise architecture and modernization.

Both are the result of a 60-day deadline Gilligan imposed on the new office so that initial drafts can be released soon and updated in the spring.

'The intent is to take what has been a lot of individual efforts and start to pull them together in something that is integrated,' Gilligan said this morning at an executive breakfast sponsored by Federal Sources Inc. of McLean, Va.

Gilligan said the Air Force is following the Defense Department's efforts to build a financial enterprise architecture and consolidate 2,300 of its disparate business systems.

'DOD produced a business enterprise architecture so we hired some [DOD] support to help us,' he added.

Gilligan said the Global Combat Support System-Air Force underpins the service's business enterprise architecture effort. He said officials would build the architecture with the agency's combat support mission in mind.

GCSS-AF collects data from various combat support information systems and feeds a fused data picture to military officials across 22 areas, including supply, transportation, personnel, communications, maintenance and acquisition.

Over the past year, the Air Force has also been consolidating its servers. Gilligan said that by the end of this year, the Air Force would be 95 percent done with those efforts.

'We are moving very rapidly to a Web-based paradigm,' said Gilligan. 'We will field a common computing infrastructure.'

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