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Defense Department IT Spending Forecast Healthy Through 2019

July 17, 2015, 07:00 AM
Filed Under: Technology

Annual information technology spending at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has decreased a total of -14.4% in the past three years. But Fiscal Year 2016 is on track to see a slight increase (up 1.6%) in DoD IT spending. A new IDC Government Insights report, U.S. Defense Department IT Forecast – 2015 to 2018: A Slight Recovery, and New Opportunities (Doc #GI257149), presents Government Insights' five-year forecast for information technology spending at the U.S. Defense Department. The document also examines the major IT developments and challenges faced by DoD services today, with a close examination of how these trends are shaping defense IT spending, procurement operations, and technology preferences.

The DoD IT budget was a little over $35 billion in Fiscal Year 2012. But by the time Fiscal Year 2015 ends on September 30th, the DoD is expected to have spent a bit over $29.9 billion on information technology solutions. That's a decrease of $5 billion if you compare the 2012 Defense IT budget to the 2015 spending plan. However, after the multi-year decline, FY 2016 looks slightly better, with a proposed $30.5 billion in Defense IT spending. Further, the forecast for Defense Department IT spending is relatively healthy through 2019. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between FY 2014 and FY 2019 is roughly 0.5%.

According to the new forecast, the DoD area with the highest anticipated growth during this time is the so-called defense-wide services, which includes multiple resources that can be tapped into by other service groups. Its growth is well underway, related to new systems for common enterprise IT solutions and multi-year investments related to cloud solutions. Slightly negative CAGRs are expected for the Army and the Air Force between 2014 and 2019.  Very slight growth is expected for the Navy.

"The increases show slightly more spending targeted to cloud solutions and more spending targeted to security improvements," said Shawn P. McCarthy, Research Director for IDC Government Insights. "This trend is expected to increase for the next few years. Beyond 2017, we don't expect to see growth to be quite as robust as what we have seen between 2014 and the proposed 2016 budget year for DoD agencies."

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