Dave Mihelcic recently joined Juniper Networks to head the federal technology and strategy group after a long career in government IT, including the past 12 years as CTO of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this interview, Mihelcic discusses the unique challenges facing government IT, how automation can improve operational efficiency, and the importance of cybersecurity.
What are the biggest technology management challenges facing DISA and the Department of Defense (DoD)?
The first is speed. Government processes for identifying and evaluating technology, then matching budgets with that technology and finally acquiring the technology, can be slow. A DoD organization could take 18, 24, or even 36 months to go through the process.