The Pentagon is projected to boost spending on so-called big data programs in the coming years, despite the dark cloud of sequestration that’s looming on the horizon. A smooth ramp-up, however, may prove challenging, given recent high-level departures by IT officials at the Defense Department.
Data software and services accounted for about $670 million in defense spending last year. That figure is projected to climb to $880 million in 2018, according to Alex Rossino, principal research analyst at Deltek, a software consulting firm. The automatic budget cuts known as sequestration are scheduled to resume in October 2015 and continue into the next decade.
“We think sequestration is going to continue to weigh heavily on all areas of spending,” Rossino said last week at a conference hosted by Gannett Government Media. “However, this is one of the areas where we see there will be a rise in spending within an overall declining budget,” he said, referring to data-program expenditures, which include storage costs, across all federal agencies.