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Daniel Pitcairn

Research Analyst, Government Business Council Daniel Pitcairn joined Government Business Council in the summer of 2013 after graduating from Yale University, where he studied international relations. He writes and produces custom content on a variety of federal and defense topics.
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DoD’s JIE Obstructed by Service Incompatibilities

October 23, 2014 The Department of Defense’s effort to transform its service-centric IT systems into an integrated enterprise network, the Joint Information Environment, may struggle to take form until underlying challenges are addressed. A new Government Business Council and Verizon survey study found that senior DoD employees are not convinced of the JIE’s ...

The True Cost of Legacy Network Ownership

October 23, 2014 Click here to download this GBC infographic

Reaching the Edge of the Joint Information Environment

October 9, 2014 The Department of Defense is pursuing an ambitious initiative to develop an integrated, enterprise-wide IT network, the Joint Information Environment (JIE). A significant benefit of this project is a vibrant mobility ecosystem, wherein DoD employees and warfighters alike can securely access and effectively utilize information flows wherever they are. Two ...

Getting the State Department Ready for Prime Time

October 1, 2014 When it comes to the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy, the Department of State is the federal government’s nominal lead agency. It’s mission is nothing short of shaping and sustaining a “peaceful, prosperous, just and democratic world” according to the recent State-USAID Joint Strategic Plan. But in many ...

Getting Out of Afghanistan Isn't Getting Any Easier

September 24, 2014 With Afghanistan presidential rivals Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah agreeing to a power-sharing deal that bodes well for the all-important U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement, the U.S. military can get back to worrying about the last major piece of its drawdown puzzle - actually getting out. Retrograde (the military’s term for ...

Going Beyond the Buzzwords Just Might Be Acquisition Reform's Best Hope

September 10, 2014 The Pentagon is expected to release the third iteration of its recent acquisition reform initiative next month. Building upon previous versions, Better Buying Power 3.0 (BBP) will shift its focus to innovation and more quickly fielding capabilities. This change in emphasis will likely breathe life into efforts to mold a ...

A New Network Acquisition Model for the Federal Government

September 4, 2014 At the core of both the efficiency and agility imperatives federal agencies face is the IT network they rely on to operate. But the true cost of IT network ownership is more costly than many realize. A new network acquisition model can help agencies reduce immense legacy system maintenance costs ...

A New Technology "Offset" Strategy for the Pentagon

September 3, 2014 Concerns over sequestration are back in full force at the Pentagon as the military services develop their FY 2016 budgets. Last year’s last minute Bipartisan Budget Act provided some temporary relief for FY 2014 and FY 2015, but the Budget Control Act’s sequestration provisions are slated to come roaring back ...

You May Be the Weak Link in Federal Cybersecurity

August 21, 2014 The federal government’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities have been highlighted once again by revelations that hackers successfully breached Nuclear Regulatory Commission computers. Their cyber weapon of choice? Phishing emails - one of the oldest tricks in the book. Phishing, or impersonating legitimate sources to bait people into giving away sensitive information, first ...

VA Reform Debate Misses Larger Veterans Issue

August 6, 2014 The Department of Veterans Affairs scandals and the subsequent reform bill passed by Congress have placed veterans issues in the political spotlight for the moment. But the debate over reform at the VA only scratches the surface of a much larger veterans issue - the civil-military divide. A recent nationwide ...