Defence launches AU$800m IT upgrade project

Lockheed Martin has been chosen to handle the Australian Department of Defence's IT datacentre consolidations project.

The Australian Department of Defence has launched a project to streamline its vast, cumbersome, and expensive computer system.

The project has the potential to save Defence almost AU$2 billion over 10 years, by consolidating 280 datacentres to 11 domestic and three international centres.

Defence has one of the largest information and communications technology systems in Australia, with around 100,000 users.

The centralised processing project will consolidate infrastructure and applications, ensuring more efficient and modern systems.

An effective system was essential to Defence's readiness to conduct all of its operations, including responses to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief both at home and abroad, Defence Minister David Johnston said in a statement.

Johnston added that there had been "insufficient capital investment" for Defence IT for several years.

"The aim is to establish a single, integrated capability for the management and provision of datacentre facilities, infrastructure, and services at the Unclassified, Restricted, and Secret information security domain levels," the minister said.

The AU$800 million project will be managed by Lockheed Martin.