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Lessons From a Major IT Downsizing Effort Charles Kiriakou Naval Network Warfare Command Virginia Beach, VA USA [email protected]

Abstract In 2006, the U.S. Navy embarked on a multi-year IT and network reduction and consolidation plan. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) tasked Naval Network Command (NETWARCOM) to execute this mission as a real military operation, named Operation Cyber Asset Reduction and Security (CARS). The original goal was to reduce the Navy's IT footprint by 51% over a five year period. Due to early mission successes, the target goals were changed to 90% reduction of the Navy's legacy networks over a four year period. Operation CARS has effectively eliminated approximately 950 of the Navy's legacy ashore IT networks. The actual work to terminate these networks required extensive planning, standardized processes, cooperation from hundreds of Navy organizations, and governance bodies for adjudicating deviations from approved processes. There are many lessons learned from this endeavor that can be applied to any organization, large or small, that is tasked with a similar IT project.

Categories & Subject Descriptors: C. Computer Systems Organization C.2 COMPUTER-COMMUNICATION NETWORKS C.2.5 Local and Wide-Area Networks Subjects: Internet (e.g., TCP/IP) K. Computing Milieux K.6 MANAGEMENT OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS K.6.1 Project and People Management Subjects: Life cycle

General Terms:

Management, Economics, Security, Standardization.

Bio Author currently serves as the Director of Operation Cyber Asset Reduction and Security (CARS) at Naval Network Warfare Command, Virginia Beach, VA. He has worked in the IT profession for almost 25 years. He started as a COBOL programmer for a small food distribution company and then began working for the U.S. Navy in 1990. For the US Navy, the author has held positions of LAN Manager, Network Administrator, Webmaster, Information Assurance Program Manager, Deputy Operational Designated Approving Authority (DAA) for the Navy, and Deputy Director of Operation CARS. Author received his BS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) in 1987, MBA (w/IT concentration) from Old Dominion in 1997 and GIAC Security

Leadership Certification in 2006. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Information Technology with specialization in Information Assurance and Security from Capella University.

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