Vendors will appreciate that Navy acquisition officials are keenly aware of the rapidity with which IT can become outdated and cyberthreats can magnify. Whether that awareness translates into a quicker buying cycle and a shrewder acquisition strategy remains to be seen.
Under ideal circumstances, it takes about six months for the Navy to move from knowing what it wants to buy to awarding a contract, said Victor Gavin, program executive officer for enterprise information systems in the Department of the Navy. That just won’t cut it when it comes to IT and cybersecurity, he added.
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