Erica Flores

The United States Army does not know how many websites …

The Department of Defense is not sure how many websites it runs. Stars and stripes reports that at an event last month, US Army Col. Paul Haverstick, acting director of Defense Media Activity at Fort Meade, Maryland, said the number of websites the Pentagon operates is “undefined.”

The Defense Media Activity is the US Army’s multimedia outreach operation, encompassing the posting of official outlets, such as Army News, Air Force News, Marines NewsY Navy News, and communication education for the military and civilians. He also provides web hosting and development for the Department of Defense.

But there seems to be no official tally of all the websites he’s responsible for. The DMA website says it supports “more than 740 military and DoD websites,” but Haverstick says it estimates the DMA is responsible for “between 2,000 and 5,000” websites. Those websites include the main sites for the various military branches, to blogs and sites for individual units. The service doesn’t manage everything for the Department of Defense – some websites are hosted on public sites.

Stars and stripes notes that the DMA has faced budget cuts along with the rest of the Pentagon in recent years, and that the “agency is trying to focus its mission and may try to offload infrastructure responsibility from the DOD public website.” . You will need to take stock of what you are responsible for to properly assess how to move forward.