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FCW : October 30, 2012
24 October 30, 2012 FCW.COM The Defense Department is changing. From the out- side, the reasons might seem obvious: Wars are winding down, budgets are being cut, and national security policies are changing. And to varying degrees, all those things are indeed shaping the next- generation DOD. But on the inside, there is a slightly dif- ferent view. While budgets and geopolitics are driving some contraction, the depart- ment is also becoming leaner because its leaders want to build a better connected, more agile organization. IT is playing a key role in bringing together the military services to share information, services, platforms and costs. And behind the scenes, Army Maj. Gen. Mark Bowman is quietly helping to drive that change. Bowman, who in March was tapped to be director of command, control, com- munications and computers and CIO at the Joint Staff, is resurrecting that brie y shuttered function, known as J6. And, flanked by an accomplished team of defense IT professionals, he is breaking down the walls that have long hindered sharing. A believer in communications, the net- work and the technologies that advance them, Bowman consistently stresses that IT can change the way DOD does busi- ness. He readily acknowledges the hur- dles before him, but multiple supporters said Bowman knows, rsthand, what this kind of evolution can herald. Perhaps equally important, Bowman is a believer in the enterprise concept and what it can do for the military. "We have a scal environment that s now going to be different than it has in the past," Bowman said in an interview with FCW. "We ve had 10 years of war and lots of money coming in and lots of upgrades on the forward edge that we ve adopted back here [at home]. We re not going to have that money. We re going to have to capitalize on what the other guy s got and share costs instead of doing it all ourselves." Leading DOD across the enterprise nish line BY AMBER CORRIN MAJ. GEN. MARK BOWMAN:
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