Washington: The Defense Intelligence Agency is giving the services and the big three military intelligence agencies more control over the design and usage of its critical information technology products.
This modification work, however, will be done within a set of strict design parameters being developed by DIA, Schneider said. This will ensure that the tweaked versions of the DIA IT systems will still meet security thresholds set for all agency products, he added. “I have to have a development box to let the customers play in,” Schneider said of the DIA design parameters.
By doing this, DIA hopes to close the gap between what the services want and what DIA can provide in its IT products, he said. “We are never going to keep pace with the requirements” coming from the field, Schneider admitted.
The speed at which IT changes, combined with the highly-specific needs of the various intel agencies, means keeping pace with the needs of the intel community will only get more difficult. Schneider said letting the intel agencies tailor DIA-built systems themselves will go a long way to closing that requirements gap, he explained. The practice of modifying DIA-designed IT products has already been occurring on an ad-hoc basis.
DIA will also be able to find some cost savings, particularly in research and development, by letting the intel agencies do the modification work themselves, he added. Those savings will be invaluable, as the intel community looks to make every dollar count in the face of budget cuts.