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The State of Network Modernization in Government and DoD

This blog post is an excerpt from our new e-book, The Foundation for DoD Innovation. Explore the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of network modernization here.

Legacy IT networks are holding defense agencies back. In their current environments, many agencies find it difficult to access active, intelligent data, nor are they are to get full visibility into their enterprise’s applications, data and network operations. In short, those networks no longer meet the needs of modern warfighters.

Clearly, the Department of Defense and other agencies need to migrate to more modern networks. But do you know what impact network modernization has on DoD and government?

These stats will help set the context for why network modernization is more important than ever for governments at all levels.


The number of active-duty military personnel, as of July 2019. DoD also employs:

  • 742,000 civilian personnel.
  • 826,000 National Guard and Reserve forces.


The approximate number of DoD’s operational systems in fiscal year 2019, plus thousands of data centers, tens of thousands of servers, millions of computers and IT devices, and hundreds of thousands of commercial mobile devices.


The number of data centers DoD had in August 2017, including:

  • 200 closed through that date.
  • 258 additional closures planned through fiscal year 2018.


The percentage of DoD data centers closed or planned for closure through fiscal year 2018, as of August 2017.


The number of cloud IT projects DoD had in fiscal year 2017, up from 78 in fiscal year 2016 and 60 in fiscal year 2015.


The number of cloud products DoD had in July 2019 that were authorized or in the process of being authorized by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP establishes the processes and security requirements that cloud vendors must meet to sell their products and services to federal agencies.

These modern networks have the potential to: -Act out the intent of the agencies using them. -Recognize the ties between an agency’s applications, data and users. -Seamlessly link these relationships to their agency’s operational, strategic and tactical decisions.


The number of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud efforts DoD had in fiscal year 2017. IaaS clouds provide organizations with IT infrastructure.


The number of Platform-as-a- Service (PaaS) cloud efforts DoD had in fiscal year 2017. PaaS clouds provide organizations with a platform to develop, run and manage their applications on without having to build or maintain the underlying IT infrastructures.


The number of Software-as-a- Service (SaaS) cloud efforts DoD had in fiscal year 2017. SaaS clouds provide organizations with centrally hosted software that is licensed on a subscription basis.


The number of cloud efforts DoD had in fiscal year 2017 that did not have a reported model. DoD also had 20 cloud efforts in fiscal year 2017 that were some combination of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services.

$36.1 billion

The total of IT spending DoD has budgeted for fiscal year 2020

  • $6.5 billion (or 18.1%) going toward major investments.
  • $29.6 billion (or 81.9%) going toward non- major investments.

$46.4 billion

The amount of DoD’s IT budget in fiscal year 2019, a time when the agency is operating the world’s largest and most complex set of networks.

$37.9 billion

DoD’s amount of total IT spending in fiscal year 2019, with $6.7 billion (or 17.7%) going toward major investments and $31.2 billion (or 82.3%) going toward non-major investments.

To learn more about what the future of DoD networks look like with modernization, download our full report here.

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