Defense Budget Request for 2013 Chops $1.4 billion from IT Programs

February 13, 2012

The Defense Department would slash information technology spending in 2013 by $1.4 billion, or 3.6 percent, to $37.2 billion, down from $38.6 billion in 2012, according to top-line figures the Office of Management and Budget released in its review of overall federal IT spending in the 2013 budget request.

The cuts include $300 million in expected savings from consolidating data centers, according to the Cuts, Consolidations and Savings section of the President's budget released today. The Pentagon has not yet released an overall IT budget for 2013, making it difficult to determine from what programs the other $700 million in cuts would come.

In its 2013 budget overview, the Pentagon said it expected to save $4.1 billion by consolidating information technology services over the next five years -- $1.4 billion from the Army, $1.6 billion from the Navy and $1.1 billion from the Air Force. 

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