The Army has chosen three principal vendors for Enterprise IT As-a-Service, the service’s effort to more quickly modernize its enterprise network.
Army Cyber Command Commanding General Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty told reporters Tuesday at the Association of the U.S. Army annual convention the service awarded contracts under other transaction agreements to AT&T, Verizon and Microsoft.
The EITAaS idea was formed last year when Fogarty and Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, Army chief information officer/G-6, started examining commercial practices and weighing an as-a-service model, instead of a service owned and operated model. EITAaS is expected to be implemented in 288 of the Army’s posts, camps and stations.
Fogarty added the Army is two and a half years behind the Air Force’s own EITAaS effort, but the two services are working together to help close the enterprise network gap. The Army is currently testing pilots for EITAaS.
“It was their willingness to work with us that we were able to close that gap and when we chose our acquisition strategy, we did it differently,” Fogarty said. “So [the Air Force] is piloting a way of doing business, we’re piloting a way to do business. We’re comparing those constantly, and we hope, at the end of this, we will see multiple ways of getting the mission accomplished.”