Deloitte Forecast Shows Global Defense Spending Shift to IT; Charles Wald Comments

Deloitte_ExecutiveBizA new Deloitte report depicts a shift in the types of defense-related goods and services governments are buying and for how much, Breaking Defense reported Monday.

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. writes the Global Defense Outlook 2013 sees a decrease in military expenditures for the 50 nations that represent 97 percent of the world’s defense spending.

The report says governments are turning their focus from defense hardware such as conventional weapons and vehicles to information technology items such as software, sensors and communications systems.

“Firms that work the cyber side of this have not necessarily been associated with the defense industry in the past,” retired Air Force Gen. Charles Wald, chief of Deloitte’s Defense Department practice for federal government services, told Breaking Defense.

“Prescient firms on the civilian side, if they really have their stuff together, can make a profit and do well,” he said in the interview.

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