Appeals court says the Army acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it decided to pay contractors to build a new intelligence IT system, rather than buying a commercially-available one.
The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act cuts funding for several software programs the panel sees as underperforming, and implements what congressional officials say are corrective measures to DoD’s IT buying habits.
The rapid acquisition office the Pentagon set up a decade ago to fight against improvised explosives spent at least $112 million to deliver the military services several programs that were never proven to work, the Defense Department’s inspector general said Tuesday.
Silicon Valley technology company Palantir plans to sue the Army, claiming that the military service has shown bias against off-the-shelf products in its solicitation for a $206 million intelligence IT contract.
The Army says hard-won lessons on the battlefield have taught it that stovepiped IT systems have no place in the business of intelligence collection and sharing. It also acknowledges that enforcing a single set of common standards comes with some tradeoffs.
A decade in the making, the Army gets the nod to start deploying a multi-billion dollar computing infrastructure to support intelligence work.