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U.S. Army Innovates on Cloud Computing Front

March 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers

Officials work to provide a new cloud approach across 
the service as well as the Defense Department.

U.S. Army officials estimate that by the end of the fiscal year, they will go into production on a new cloud computing solution that could potentially be made available across the Defense Department and could eventually be used to expand cloud capabilities on the battlefield. The platform-as-a-service product incorporates enhanced automation, less expensive software licensing and built-in information assurance.

During the past year, officials with the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Software Engineering Center (SEC), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, have been working on a cloud computing approach known as Cloud.mil. A four-person team took about four months to deliver the first increment, which is now in the pre-production phase and is being touted to Army leaders, as well as to Defense Department and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) officials, as a possible Army-wide and Defense-wide solution.

BAE Awarded DISA Support Contract

January 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BAE Systems Information Solutions Inc., McLean, Va., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for XTS Enterprise Guard Solution (consisting of hardware, software and maintenance support) for e-mail, file transfer and Web services. The total lifecycle value of the contract is $8,200,000. Performance will be at DISA, Lab Building, Fort George G. Meade, Md. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity. 

Mobile Device Management? There Will Be an App Store for That

October 30, 2012

Following the lead set by NASA, the Department of Veterans Affairs and several other federal agencies, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has posted a solicitation for an enterprisewide Mobile Device Management system and Mobile Application Store (MDM-MAS). As many as 260,000 devices could reach authorized security resources and data initially through the DISA app store, which could eventually expand to support the needs of the entire Defense Department. The app store solicitation calls for a system to ensure adherence to all security requirements for devices operating on the DISA network and, if needed, allow security officials to remotely wipe devices that are either lost or otherwise compromised by hackers. The MDM-MAS also could be used to push authorized applications to employees’ smartphones and tablets. DISA expects to keep the cost of the proposed app store manageable by using commercially available hardware and software.

 

DISA Strategic Plan Seeks to Eliminate Ambiguities

September 12, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

The defense information technology realm is exploding with innovation—so much so, the organizations tasked with ensuring effective information systems run the risk of losing control of both the process and its capabilities. The Defense Information Systems Agency has issued a new strategic plan that outlines its approach to ensuring advanced technology implementation without reining in innovation.

 

DISA Taps Keely for Mission Assurance Deputy CTO

August 17, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

William Keely has been assigned deputy chief technology officer for mission assurance, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland.

SCDIT Awarded DISA Information Technology Contract

August 15, 2012
By George Seffers

SCD Information Technology Limited Liability Corporation, Columbia, Maryland, was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity firm-fixed-price contract for on-site preventative, predictive, and remedial hardware maintenance and internal hardware operating system's software, engineering changes, and other related hardware maintenance services. The specification covers hardware internal operating system software and software technical support when they are offered as an integral and essential part of providing hardware maintenance. The total contract ceiling is $40 million. Performance will be at the Defense Information Systems Agency Computing Services Directorate processing centers, or its successor, as well as satellite installations/information processing centers, at various locations. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

Several Firms to Support DISA Test and Evaluation Efforts

August 6, 2012
By George Seffers

Alion Science and Technology Corporation, Alexandria, Virginia; TASC Incorporated, Andover, Massachusetts; Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia; ManTech Telecommunications & Information Systems Corporation/Technical Services Group, Herndon, Virginia; Oberon Associates Incorporated, Manassas, Virginia; American Systems Corporation, Chantilly, Virginia; and Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, Florida, were awarded multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract line item numbers, for test and evaluation (T&E) support for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Test & Evaluation Executive Office and the DISA Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), in order to fulfill their DISA T&E mission. The awardees will support tasks to perform a wide range of non-personal services to encompass testing, scientific, engineering, logistic, administrative, purchasing, and ancillary support of the DISA T&E mission. The services will include all support aspects, including the operation and maintenance of the test tools, labs, networks and infrastructure, and administrative support cells. The contracts are funded by fiscal 2012 RDT&E appropriations, with a minimum guarantee face value of $100,000 and a total program ceiling value of $871,417,098. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, JITC Contract Support Section, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity.

Defense Department Unveils Cloud Computing Strategy

July 12, 2012

On Wednesday, the Defense Department (DOD) issued its long-awaited cloud computing strategy. Officials also announced in a memo from Teri Takai, chief information officer for the DOD, that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will oversee the new strategy as "enterprise cloud service broker."

Lockheed Wins Potential $4.6 Billion DISA Contract

June 15, 2012
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions Division, Manassas, Virginia, was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that includes a mix of firm-fixed-price, fixed-price with incentive, cost-plus-incentive-fee, and cost-plus and fixed-fee pricing plans. The contract is for worldwide support services necessary to carry out the day-to-day operations of Global Information Grid networks and related services, and to sustain the existing network and subsequent technology enhancement. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $1,911,000,000. The performance period includes a base period of performance of three years, from July 9, 2012 through July 8, 2015, and two two-year option periods, for a total period of seven years. Performance will predominantly be within the continental United States; however, support services are also required at multiple locations outside the continental United States. Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

DISA Takes Defense Department High-Tech

May 25, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Providing secure mobile devices to the warfighter-a top DISA priority-could have the potential to completely transform battlefield communications and information sharing.

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