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Submission + - Top General: Defense Department IT In 'Stone Age' ( 1

CWmike writes: "U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James 'Hoss' Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was sharply critical Tuesday of the the department is pretty much in the Stone Age as far as IT is concerned,' Cartwright said. He cited problems with proprietary systems that aren't connected to anything else and are unable to quickly adapt to changing needs. 'We have huge numbers of data links that move data between proprietary platforms — one point to another point,' he said. The most striking example of an IT failure came during the second Gulf War, where Marines and the Army were dispatched in southern Iraq, he said. 'It's crazy, we buy proprietary [and] we don't understand what it is we're buying into,' he said. 'It works great for an application, and then you come to conflict and you spend the rest of your time trying to modify it to actually do what it should do.'"
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Top General: Defense Department IT In 'Stone Age'

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  • When you let the customer (Government) explicitly define what it thinks it needs to development contracts, instead of engineers defining the best method to apply technology, I guess that is what you have as a result.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.