The Pentagon’s Data Center Strategy: Sacrifice Jobs for Automation
What is the Pentagon and Department of Defense’s motivation for closing so many of their thousands of data centers? They claim it is to cut spending, but The Pentagon readily spends countless billions of dollars a year on “black budget” top secret expenditures and projects that, if they were audited and properly accounted for, would probably cause a financial and psychological shock and meltdown in the collective American psyche. So, what it looks like it really boils down to is getting rid of much of the DOD workforce. People. Jobs. This is what the Pentagon’s “chief information officer” Terry Halvorsen cites as the number one reason for defense over-expenditure, but we have to look and look again at what passes for “truthful explanations” from the DOD. Remember, this is a government agency, no matter what numbers they throw at us, or what data-crunching goes on. Asking the Department of Defense for an explanation for why it spends ungodly amounts of money on – itself, basically – is like asking Wile E. Coyote why he buys so much dynamite with your money. To wit: we’re all going to have to take more than a pinch of salt when The Pentagon tells us, “Hey, it’s people that are the problem. People cost money, so they have to go.” When they talk about modernizing networks, and consolidating data centers,” it’s actually a euphemism for “get rid of the messy human element”.
The DOD could be looking to put the majority of their servers on cloud backup systems, pink-slip a large percentage of their workforce, and allow automated servers to run the United States’ defense system. This would mean taking the human element out of regulating massive amounts of data-caching, retrieval, and analysis, and making informed decisions about “clear and present threats” to our national security. Nervous yet? Terry Halvorsen doesn’t seem to be. But, in the end, he’s just a mouthpiece for a collective organization that represents many thousands in personnel, and perhaps millions of terabytes of data. And, what type of data are they collecting? From where, and to be used for what? We’ve seen how war-ready the Pentagon has been in recent years, let’s hope prudence wins the day.