Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter will need better access to the White House than that experienced by his predecessor, Chuck Hagel. That is the conclusion of John Grimes, the former assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, who called Carter an excellent choice for the department.
Success for the Joint Information Environment may come down to the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS), says the Defense Department's acting CIO. However, their success may hinge on acquisition reform.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) no longer will be the required go-to-group for military cloud services. Beginning Monday, December 15, the services will be able to choose their own clouds. DISA will be able to compete with commercial providers on an economic basis.
The Pentagon finally will begin a foray into wireless with a test program scheduled to begin December 23. Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department acting chief information officer, says the department has been late in implementing this capability.
Being able to project power across the vast and diverse reaches of the Asia-Pacific region will require a mobile and flexible network that will be able to follow the force and adapt to changing conditions and requirements, says the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific.
The United States must continue to improve its leading-edge technology to stay ahead of potential adversaries who are closing the technological gap. However, this risks losing interoperability with small nations that would be important allies in an ad hoc coalition. Working with partners well before a coalition is formed may help solve the problem.
Systems engineers are—and must be—focusing on technical issues that would enable interoperability across national lines; three other important facets ultimately may determine whether members of an ad hoc coalition can achieve effective interoperability in a multinational operation.