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How cloud is changing the spy game

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has made “intelligence integration” a priority.

The Intelligence Community, whose agencies have earned a reputation for a stovepiped, proprietary approach to information, is moving away from an agency-centric IT model to a shared-services model based on cloud computing. After years of foot-dragging, the IC is finally embracing the benefits of the cloud’s on-demand network access to a pool of configurable computing resources and common services.

IT spending across the 17 agencies that make up the IC is estimated to be as much as 25 percent of the National Intelligence Program funding, not including IT funded as part of other program line items. However, an austere fiscal environment is forcing the IC as a whole to be more efficient and to collectively leverage resources to meet mission demands by breaking down siloes and finding ways to create cost savings based on economies of scale. Toward that end, the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) initiative is projected to reduce the community’s annual IT spending by 20 percent by 2018.

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