Bill Marion is the Headquarters Air Combat Command Communications and Information Chief Technical Officer, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. In this capacity, he responsible for providing senior technical guidance, architectures, and strategic planning for 9,300 communications professionals, providing information technology services to 79,000 active-duty military and civilian members at 40 major installations in the United States and overseas. He is responsible for strategic IT services and frameworks required to equip nuclear forces for U.S. Strategic Command, theater air forces for U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Southern Command, U.S. European Command and U.S. Pacific Command, as well as air defense forces for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
One of the advantages of working in government is that we’re not only permitted, but encouraged to copy what works. If another team has grappled successfully with a problem similar to the one we’re facing, there are no proprietary barriers to learning from their experience—or even asking to re-use their work.
Making the right information available, to the right person, at the right time is critical to mission effectiveness and decision-making superiority.
We’re all familiar with the savings that can be gained through IT virtualization in terms of reduced data center floor space, energy, and server maintenance costs. But the benefits of a virtual environment also extend to disaster recovery and continuity of operations (DR/COOP). Virtual environments make it easier and less costly to achieve rigorous recovery objectives.
The efficiency and cost-advantages of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)-driven IT consolidation initiatives are clear. Why operate five centers of excellence, when one can serve the entire enterprise?