The 2015 budget request for the Defense Information Systems Agency reflects the reality that even a slimmed down Defense Department still needs global connectivity.
DISA’s 2015 budget request for operations and maintenance -- which keeps its networks running on a daily basis -- took only a $12 million hit from its 2014 budget, and still stands at a robust $1.3 billion dollars after you do the rounding things.
The agency’s requested research and development budget slipped a modest $6 million to $216 million, from $222 million in 2014.
The top-line DISA budget does not contain totals for its procurement accounts request, but instead details 12 “major equipment projects” including $80 million for the worldwide Defense Information Systems Network, up a modest $3 million from $77 million in 2014.
Evidently President Obama has enough communications gadgets to take care of him for the next year, as the White House Communications Agency requested $33.4 million in its procurement budget, down $20.9 million from $54.3 million in 2014.
A Pentagon spokesman told me more will be revealed next Tuesday (March 11), when DISA releases a more detailed, line-item budget.
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