Ongoing budget cuts are pushing intelligence agencies to move to a shared IT environment, according to federal officials.
Dan Doney, the chief innovation officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, said on a webinar sponsored by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and Government Executive that sequestration has forced the agency to speed up efforts to move to a shared cloud environment.
The Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE) would create a shared intelligence-sharing IT platform across agencies such as the CIA, DIA, NGA and NSA and would save money by cutting the contractors needed to maintain separate systems, according to Doney.
“People say necessity is the mother of invention, but austerity is the mother of innovation,” Doney said.
DIA Chief Technology Officer Gus Taveras said the agency has fully committed to this model and is moving ahead with its deployment because it cannot afford not to.
“Sequestration is a catalyst and the impact of sequestration on our decisions is huge,” Taveras said.
He said the agencies will work with the private sector to make information about the shared environment available so industry can prepare for it.