NGA DCC and Recapitalization Team – Winner, Team Award – DoD CIO 2015 Awards

Team: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Data Center Consolidation and Recapitalization Team

  • Kevin S. Dowling, Government Lead
  • David Harrison, Government Program Manager (ODC)
  • Steve Coleman, Government Budget Lead
  • Paul Puckett, Government ISP/Transport Integration Lead
  • Justin Haas, COCOM TX
  • Darrell Melcher, Area 82 SETA Team Lead
  • Uri Robinson, OCONUS Data Center (ODC) SETA
  • Jessica Jenner, OCONUS Data Center (ODC) SETA
  • Gregg Klopp, OCONUS Data Center (ODC) SETA
  • Charles Bolles (NEA) SETA.

Background: An NGA Data Center in Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan provided Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) to US, coalition, and Special Operations Forces in the Afghanistan Theater. With the Afghanistan transition from Operation Enduring Freedom to the Resolute Support Mission (RSM), NGA services transitioned to another data center in Bahrain to ensure that Information Technology (IT) services remain a force enabler during future operations, while enabling NGA to draw-down in accordance with RSM requirements. By 2015, the IT equipment needed to be recapitalized to sustain support to ongoing and emerging operations throughout the region. The team analyzed how to maximize regional support while gaining efficiencies, and determined that NGA could realize significant savings by consolidating these data centers into the Qatar-based CENTCOM Forward Headquarters data center.

Functional Areas: Enterprise Architecture; Enterprise Services; IT Efficiencies

Judging Criteria: Broad User Base; Cost Avoidance/Savings; Improved Information Delivery/ Dissemination; Improved Process(es); Management Efficiency/Effectiveness; Mission Impact.


BLUF: NGA’s Data Center Consolidation (DCC) and Recapitalization Team delivered a plan that consolidated three data centers into one. By fiscal year 2017, this plan could realize annual cost avoidance of over $40 million annually in facility, personnel, communications, and operating costs. The team found ways to reduce communications costs by more than 70%, hardware footprint by more than 60%, storage needs by more than 50%, and applications by over 75 percent. NGA will gain IT efficiencies while ensuring uninterrupted GEOINT support to missions in hostile environments.

  • Consolidated three NGA technical hubs and reduced annual operating costs in fiscal year 2017 and beyond by an estimated $30 million. Only one of these three retrogrades will provide cost avoidance of almost $6 million in software, hardware, and personnel in fiscal year 2016.
  • Reduced communications requirements more than 70% by consolidating three imagery data streams into one, and eliminating unnecessary imagery data pushes, avoiding $6-10 million in annual costs
  • Implemented cloud technologies that enable access to the community infrastructure without the need to build unique GEOINT architectures to support warfighters in current and future regional conflicts
  • Managed NGA’s Tech Center retrograde from Afghanistan, relocating more than a dozen GEOINT services on different networks, reducing in-country IT manning requirements by 60%, ensuring uninterrupted access to GEOINT services, saving more than $15 million in annual operating costs