An agile Air Force slashes time to roll out new IT capabilities


Can an organization really cut development time more than 70 percent by embracing the agile philosophy and open architecture? The intelligence-gathering arm of the U.S. Air Force says it’s done just that.

The Air Force’s Distributed Common Ground System, a network of 27 surveillance and intelligence-gathering sites, projects that it will ultimately save hundreds of millions of dollars by moving to agile development, open architecture, and infrastructure-as-a-service, said Wes Haga, chief of mission applications and infrastructure programs at the Air Force Research Lab.

But the cost savings aren’t the only numbers that stand out. Under the DCGS’s old proprietary architecture, the IT team took an average of 84 months to bring new capabilities to the surveillance and information-analytics system, Haga said.

The team has now cut the rollout of new capabilities to under six months. “We’re looking to be able to collapse it further than that,” he said recently.

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