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THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT OF THE YEAR 2025

At today’s rate of growth, the size of the digital universe in 2025 will be 176 zettabytes, of information. To put that in perspective, a single zettabyte is enough to hold 250 billion DVDs. All of it could have some relevance to national security. The Defense Department and Intelligence Community will be in charge of managing an exponentially growing amount of outside data, along with an exploding volume of internal data from warfighters in the field, sensors overhead, and from increasingly complex and connected pieces of military equipment. They’ll have to manage it via a common IT architecture (IC-ITE), do so securely, and in the face of ever more technologically advanced adversaries.