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DOD Releases Software Modernization Strategy 

Feb. 8, 2022 | BY David Vergun , DOD News

Defense Department officials briefed the news media on the department's Software Modernization Strategy, which was signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks last week.  

A soldier sets up a satellite dish.
Satellite Setup
A soldier from 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, sets up a satellite terminal at Fort Stewart, Ga., Feb. 2, 2022.
Photo By: Army Capt. Detrick Moore
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Danielle Metz, deputy chief information officer for information enterprise, said the strategy is about harnessing the power of cloud and developing software applications in the cloud in order to provide continuous incremental capability for the department and the warfighters. 

The ability to deliver software at the speed of relevance will include explicit support for artificial intelligence and Joint All-Domain Command and Control, she said.  

Also, the strategy addresses transforming business processes to ensure greater efficiencies in contracting, acquiring, testing, evaluating and delivering software in an agile and continuous manner, she said.  

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Radio Communicator
Marine Corps Cpl. Taylor Campbell, a signals intelligence analyst with 1st Radio Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, communicates to Marines over the radio during an exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 11, 2022.
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The department's research and engineering and acquisition and sustainment organizations, along with the DoD CIO played pivotal roles in developing this strategy over the last two years, she added.  

The implementation plan for this strategy will be released in 180 days, Metz said.  

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Tent Cable
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alvin Farmer, assigned to Commander, Task Force 75, attaches a network cable to the tent during the Command Post Exercise in Santa Rita, Guam, Jan. 22, 2022.
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"Software touches every part of our lives today, and it also touches the warfighter as the modern battlefield becomes a software-defined environment," said Jason Weiss, chief software officer.  

"Our competitive advantage as a department, both today and tomorrow, is really reliant on the strategic insight and proactive innovation and effective technology integration. And all of that is enabled through software defined capabilities. Software modernization recognizes that our warfighters require high quality and highly secure software running against trusted data sources," he said.  

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Posting Security
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Timothy Slagle, a cryptologic language analyst with 1st Radio Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, posts security in a light armored vehicle during an exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 11, 2022.
Photo By: Marine Corps Cpl. Atticus Martinez
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"In this era of competition and the race for digital dominance, we simply cannot settle for incremental change anymore. The department must come together to deliver software better and operate as a 21st century force," he said.  

Beyond the technology, the strategy reinforces the need to attract and retain workforce talent, he said.