DISA

August 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency is beginning a major scrub of user requirements as it proceeds with its new commercial satellite services acquisition process. The communications agency is taking a hard look at thousands of customer requirements to determine the validity of some against the necessity of others.

July 11, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Brig. Gen. Brian J. Donahue, USA, has been assigned chief of staff, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland.

February 14, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

The Defense Department's FY 2012 budget proposal features $2.3 billion for improved cyber capabilities, according to figures released this afternoon. Key elements of that funding include $0.5 billion for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to invest in cyber technologies. Funding also will be provided to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for cyber identity, monitoring and enforcement.

January 7, 2011
By George Seffers

ARTEL Incorporated recently received the first contract award to provide satellite services under a new $5 billion General Services Administration and Defense Information Services Agency joint-contract vehicle. The order, which is worth tens of millions of dollars, was awarded under the Future Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Services Acquisition (FCSA) contract, under the GSA schedule, to provide transponded capacity and subscription services.

January 3, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Gerald Doyle has been assigned director, enterprise engineering, Defense Information Systems Agency, Falls Church, Virginia.

November 4, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Alan Lewis has been assigned as vice director for computing services, Defense Information Systems Agency, Falls Church, Virginia.

November 3, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Stuart Timerman has been assigned as director, defense spectrum organization, Defense Information Systems Agency, Alexandria, Virginia.

October 29, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Whether for military ops, standard communications or a lofty connection linking nations together during crises, space systems are critical. Enhancing the ability to monitor space assets-and to augment them with newer, better equipment-is a major STRATCOM mission. The command continues to move forward and to seek commercial support, but are the requirements clear? Is the acquisition process easily navigable? Share your thoughts here.

October 18, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Rebecca Harris has been assigned as deputy component acquisition executive, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Falls Church, Virginia. David Bennett has been assigned as program executive officer for Global Information Grid Enterprise Services Engineering, DISA

August 19, 2010
By George Seffers

ManTech International Corporation recently announced that it has received a $23 million contract to support the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Manpower, Personnel and Security Division. ManTech will support the start-up of new DISA facilities at Fort Meade, Maryland, for operations relocating from Arlington, Virginia. Specifically, ManTech will support DISA's security operations by providing full-scope, integrated security services.

June 29, 2010
By George Seffers

The Defense Information Systems Agency issued a bridge extension for three Joint Interoperability Test Command multiple-award Omnibus contracts-two held by Northrop Grumman, and another by Interop Joint Venture II. Set to expire August 31, the contracts will be extended six months with three two-month option periods. The extension will add up to $70 million to each contract, changing the total contract ceilings from $1.05 billion to $1.12 billion.

June 9, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Washington, D.C., has chosen Henry Sienkiewicz as chief information officer and Paige Atkins as director of DISA's Strategic Planning and Information Directorate.

April 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

A brand new way of doing business and a contract estimated to be worth more than $5 billion over 10 years is bound to cause some discussion. And that is exactly what is happening in vociferous debate and hushed tones between government agencies and the companies that supply the satellite communications lifeline to today’s warfighters. At issue is the wisdom of moving from buying time on commercial satellites from a limited number of providers to the ability to purchase megabits per month the same way agencies buy office supplies.
The genesis of this new line of reasoning began in 2008. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Arlington, Virginia, and the General Services Administration (GSA), Washington, D.C., launched their initial discussions about commercial satellite communications (COMSATCOM) services. The Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) program is the result of two years of cost analysis, requirements reckoning and acquisition strategy meetings that resulted in an announcement last August that the two organizations were creating a common marketplace for COMSATCOM.

April 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

With fuel serving as the ammunition of the mobile force, the Defense Information Systems Agency has created a new capability that allows logisticians to track and manage different types of this valuable resource. A new version of the agency’s Web-based Global Combat Support System-Joint has been deployed to fulfill this top priority of the U.S. Central Command J-4.

April 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Defense Information Systems Agency is confronting the uncertain future of warfare by aiming to provide its customers with whatever choices they may need to deal with whatever future they may face. The goal is to allow them to choose their information services instead of force them into systems that might be ineffective when a new type of conflict emerges.

March 5, 2010
By Katie Packard

"The difference there is that we don't want to prioritize and think just in terms of 'how do we secure information' without thinking through our real objective of assuring support for DOD missions."--Mark Orndorff, director of the PEO for Mission Assurance and Network Operations, DISA

January 27, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Cyber denizens meet on DEFStar-an innovative social media site geared toward government and military.

October 21, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

Tony Montemarano, component acquisition executive, DISA, revealed that the agency is working on a campaign plan in which the word "convergence" is used time and time again.

August 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Top Defense Information Systems Agency officials met with industry today to share their strategy and plans for the future.

August 7, 2009

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) have entered into a partnership to streamline acquisition of commercial satellite communications (SATCOM) services. Announced yesterday, the agreement will lead to a hybrid of GSA's multiple award schedules and indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts. Officials of both organizations are lauding this collaborative effort as "historic" and agree that the Future Commercial SATCOM Access contract will be worth $5 billion over a 10-year period.

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