9 Ways the Defense Bill's Passage Could Affect Your Job

January 3, 2012

When President Barack Obama signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, he passed into law some new rules that will have serious impact on the defense IT and acquisition communities.

The bill puts a number of high-profile issues under a microscope, including Army enterprise e-mail and the Defense Department's broader use of cloud, rules on contractor ethics and roles, acquisition reform and counterfeit electronic parts in the DOD supply chain. At the same time, the legislation catalyzes within DOD the wider federal government view of IT as a money-saver, ordering the use of technology to streamline operations and the ways DOD does business.

There's plenty of fodder for discussion in the 565-page bill, but our analysis found nine areas in which its effects may be felt very soon, and in some cases, quite profoundly. 

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