Under Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan discusses the branch’s plans for their business operations, and why data and network security are important to the endeavor.
The Air Force is rolling out a new business operations plan. “Sharpening the Air Force’s Competitive Edge” includes efforts to increase retention of airmen and to reduce duplication in IT management across the Air Force. These goals are adjacent to other key priorities at the branch, including the plan create a “Digital Air Force.” Matthew Donovan, Under Secretary of the Air Force, says that the growing need for military information is driving many of these endeavors at the service. “The war fights of the future are all going to depend on data, more so than any time in the past. It’s really important for us to make sure all of our airmen have uninterrupted access to all of the data they need, when they need it,” Donovan told Government Matters. “This reorganization that we have is the way for us to achieve that end.” Donovan told Government Matters that one of the reasons that the Air Force needs to modernize is because their current systems, while secure, can interfere with getting the mission completed. “It is very important for us that we have a secured network. Right now, we have a lot of problems with productivity, because we have layer upon layer of security. It’s very effective and we have secure networks now, but it ends up slowing down the networks,” Donovan said. “We want to transition, as most industry has, to get to a cloud-type infrastructure, if you will. Sort of like your smartphone being the infrastructure and… the apps on the smartphone are able to use that infrastructure.”