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DoD Expected to Spend $28B on ‘C4ISR’ by 2017

Troop reductions will drive need for information in areas where forces had been deployed

U.S. Department of Defense annual spending on command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services reached $20.89 billion in 2011, and annual defense spending on those items is expected to reach $28 billion by 2017, says a report by Frost & Sullivan, a market research firm.
The report—U.S. DoD C4ISR Services—says continuing combat operations drives the demand for logistics, installation and operational services not only in Afghanistan, but across the C4ISR enterprise. In addition, as the U.S. proceeds with planned troops reductions in Afghanistan, the armed forces will still need information from the areas of operations where troops once were deployed, according to Frost & Sullivan.
�� “Anti-access and area denial challenges invigorate engineering and management services as the DoD seeks to assign new missions, increase the range of sensors, enable collaboration and ensure network survivability,” says Brad Curran, a Frost & Sullivan senior industry analyst. “This operational concept will require extensive C4ISR services contracts through 2017,” he said.
Further, cloud computing and cybersecurity requirements are putting focus on commercial services and integration as the DoD seeks to improve reliability and security while simultaneously reducing costs, according to the report. Spending on C4ISR services through 2017 is expected to focus on joint service command and control networks, and spending on those programs is estimated to reach $28 billion during 2017.
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