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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.

Takai Stresses Need for Identity Management, Improved Efficiency

May 9, 2012
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Defense Department must move to a single identity management system, the department's chief information officer said today at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Mission Partner Conference. Teri Takai stated that enterprise email is a driver of that system but acknowledged that the bigger concern is the identity management rather than whether all the military services embrace the email migration. Despite arguments among members of a military chief information officer panel earlier in the day, Takai said she is glad the discussion came up because people need to understand that finding the right solution for identity management is difficult. The Army is scheduled to complete migration to enterprise email by March 2013 and Air Force migration will begin soon after. Neither the Navy nor the Marine Corps has plans to migrate. Takai has a similar attitude to mobile technology pilots currently underway in the services as she does to email migration. Instead of wanting to consolidate the 50 programs, she wants to encourage any development of capabilities. Her only concern is ensuring that the pilots don't result in the creation of separate infrastructures, resulting in the same interoperability issues common in current military communications technologies. Regardless of technologies tested, DISA has the responsibility to certify them for use on the network. The agency also is running its own mobile pilots. DISA additionally is exploring a single app store for the military where members of any service could come to find applications they need for their missions. Takai also addressed data center consolidation, saying that by the end of fiscal year 2012 the department will eliminate more than 100 data centers. The military services have individual budget goals for reducing their numbers.

Roundtable with the DISA Director

May 8, 2012
By Rita Boland

Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr., USAF, director of DISA, talks about satellite communications, the Future Mission Network, the future of military mobile and more.

Most Cybersecurity Really Isn't

May 8, 2012
By Rita Boland

Botnet attacks are on the rise in recent weeks, and more devices with no protection will be coming online soon.

Fear of the (Technology) Law

May 8, 2012
By Rita Boland

Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr., USAF, director of DISA, wasted no time at the 2012 Mission Partnership Conference before telling attendees what keeps him up at night.

Cool App-titude: DCO Connect

May 8, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free app allows Defense Department personnel and contractors to host and attend meetings from Android devices and tablets, giving users greater flexibility at work.

Defense Information Moves Toward a Common Ground

May 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The Defense Information Systems Agency is striving to wrap its digital arms around the growing plethora of military data by consolidating standards and requirements.

DISA Complements Services' Acquisition Adjustments

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The Defense Information Systems Agency is helping to ensure that military branches can field technology more quickly and less expensively as it simultaneously initiates its own rapid-deployment programs.

Fostering Technology Transformation

May 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

The Defense Information Systems Agency is at the heart of some of the U.S. Defense Department's most sweeping technological changes.

Packard To Wear Two Hats at DISA

April 12, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Douglas Packard has been assigned vice director for procurement and vice chief, Defense Information Technology Organization, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland.


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