“In all of the Department of Transportation, no agency gets more budget for IT purchases in a year than the Federal Aviation Administration.
Out of $3.3 billion requested by the department overall, $2.9 billion is directed to the FAA, essentially because it has the largest IT mission – namely, NextGen, FAA’s initiative to modernize the way in which the United States manages air travel.
NextGen has been around for more than 10 years, with the aim to revamp the National Airspace System. The goal is to replace the current air traffic system – which relies on radar to track aircraft in flight – with a system that uses satellite and GPS technology, to get a more accurate, real-time view of air traffic in the United States.
Ultimately, the FAA is looking to make better air traffic routing decisions to cut down on travel time, improve responses to potential…
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