May 15, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Anthony Montemarano, executive deputy director, DISA, speaks at the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium.

As the Department of Defense is working to improve lethality, it is making the transition to fight in the new domain of cyber, according to Anthony Montemarano, executive deputy director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The key to this evolution is innovation and harnessing emerging technologies to protect and defend the homeland. “We’ve got to get ahead of the adversaries,” he said.

Speaking to a room packed full of industry and government officials on Tuesday at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium (DCOS) in Baltimore, and in an interview with SIGNAL Magazine, Montemarano called on industry to provide innovation.

May 15, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, DISA director and commander of JFHQ-DODIN, speaks at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium.

In her unique, dual-hatted role as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and commander of the Joint Force Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN), Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, is pushing to provide the best communication and information technology capabilities to the Defense Department (DOD).

“Everything we do is to support the warfighter and increase their ability to accomplish their mission,” she said. The admiral was the keynote speaker opening the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium (DCOS) in Baltimore on May 15.

May 1, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Marine uses a radio during a field exercise on the Japanese island of Okinawa. New mobile technologies emerging from industry will be essential for the U.S. military to maintain battlespace supremacy, and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is striving to incorporate them into the force.

Being able to pace technology is the top challenge facing the Defense Information Systems Agency, according to its director. This activity encompasses both positive pacing, in which the agency takes the lead in incorporating innovative capabilities, and negative pacing, where it responds to the constantly evolving technology-based threat.

Industry plays a significant role in both aspects of pacing. The private sector serves as the font of innovation for new information capabilities sought by agency customers. Similarly, industry must be the primary source of related technologies that help counter the growing threat posed by nation-state and independent adversaries.

May 1, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
An Arkansas Air National Guard technical sergeant works in a cybersecurity incident response training exercise. The Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) is expanding its reach into U.S. Defense Department networks and accelerating the pace of cyber defense as it confronts new challenges from adversaries.

The organization tasked with protecting U.S. Defense Department networks is looking to accelerate its ability to detect and respond to enemy cyber attacks. While detection and response are not new, they have assumed greater importance as cyber attacks are combined with kinetic operations throughout the battlespace.

April 23, 2018

AT&T Corp., Columbia, Maryland, was awarded a firm-fixed-price modification to exercise Option Year 2 of a previously awarded, sole-source contract for the Northstar Long-Haul Telecommunications Network and associated transmission circuits for an Ultra-High Frequency/Line of Sight communications system network. The face value of this action is $13,708,765 and is funded by fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $44,051,012 with a lifecycle value of $74,600,000. Performance will be at various sites geographically dispersed across the continental U.S. The performance period of this action is May 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organizati

April 18, 2018
By Alana Johnson
The Joint Regional Security Stack architecture enables a robust network-focused defense, shifting away from stovepiped protections by service-specific networks and systems. Credit: TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay

The Defense Information System Agency’s Joint Regional Security Stack (JRSS) initiative is driving and delivering solutions to network defenders and operators across the department, answering a call placed three years ago when the Department of Defense (DOD) cyber strategy established as one of its goals the need to “defend the DOD Information Network, secure DOD data and mitigate risks to DOD missions.”

April 16, 2018

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Co., Herndon, Virginia, a single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite–quantity, firm-fixed-price contract with a ceiling not to exceed $277,093,609 for processor capacity services for the Itanium chipset.

April 11, 2018
By Tracy Sharpe
All domains—air, land, sea, space and cyber—depend on the availability of radio frequency spectrum. Credit: DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is increasing the warfighter’s ability to operate in the complex spectrum environment by providing operational support through electromagnetic battlespace planning, radio frequency deconfliction and joint spectrum interference resolution. DISA’s Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO) ensures the agency and the DOD maintain information dominance through effective electromagnetic spectrum operations.

March 12, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Now that DISA has provided provisional level 5 authorization for the use of milCloud 2.0, CSRA will be working to add users. Credit: CSRA Inc.

After the success of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s bold step in 2013 to build an on-premise cloud platform called the milCloud 1.0 Cloud Service Offering based on commercial technology, the agency went for more with milCloud version 2.0, driven by extraordinary customer interest, cloud computing’s advantages and cost savings. Unlike milCloud 1.0, for which mission partners paid a monthly fee regardless of usage, version 2.0 is utility-based, and customers only pay for what they use. This allows military customers to scale usage up or down depending on operational requirements.

February 21, 2018

Rear Adm. Nancy A. Norton, USN, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as director, Defense Information Systems Agency; and commander, Joint Forces Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Network, Fort Meade, Maryland.

February 8, 2018

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a modification (P00038) to exercise contract Option Year 3 for engineering and technical support services for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Department of Defense Mobility program. The face value of this action is $11,927,415, and incrementally funded by fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $736,585; and fiscal 2018 research, testing, development and evaluation funds in the amount of $508,459.  Primary performance will be at the contractor’s facilities in McLean, Virginia, and at DISA headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland. The period of performance for this option period is February 4, 2018 - February 3, 2019.

January 31, 2018
By Alberto Dominguez
Fort Leonard Wood is the first Army site to transition to a modernized, Internet protocol-based network. Credit: U.S. Army photo

U.S. Army stakeholders are working together to steadily modernize the network that reaches from the home station to the tactical edge. To understand this effort, one needs to understand the changing mission requirement for the command element at home station to maintain a consistent, secure, and reliable connection with dispersed, tactical teams maneuvering on the battlefield.

January 25, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
While the migration to the Joint Regional Security Stacks will transition ownership of security architecture from the Air Force to DISA, the squadron will retain operational control of traffic flow for Air Force networks. U.S. courtesy photo

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) now offers service product packages to mission-partner authorizing officials to provide a holistic view of their information systems risk posture. The packages help ensure compliance for mission partners who have programs and systems hosted within the DISA computing ecosystem.

Control Correlation Identifiers (CCIs) within the service packages allow high-level policy framework requirements to be decomposed and associated with low-level security settings to determine compliance with the objectives of that specific security control.

January 22, 2018

X Technologies Incorporated, San Antonio, Texas, was awarded a competitive, hybrid firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for system engineering and technical support services necessary to strengthen the security postures and technical capability for the Department of Defense public key infrastructure (PKI) and common service provider. The core services will provide for the review of system engineering documentation and development of software to support PKI. The face value of the contract is $7,655,049 funded by fiscal year 2018 defense working capital funds, while the total value of the contract is $38,320,674. Performance will be at facilities in Maryland. Proposals were solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities webs

December 6, 2017

Col. John T. Caranta III, USAF, assumed command of the Joint Spectrum Center (JSC).

December 6, 2017

Col. Trevor A. Wall, USAF, assumed command of DISA’s Northern Field Command.

December 6, 2017

Col. Corey Brumsey, USA, assumed command of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA's) Central Field Command.

December 1, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor

Defense Information Systems Agency mission partners will soon be able to take advantage of cloud computing and storage at up to 70 percent cost savings. The agency’s milCloud 2.0, a commercial-grade private cloud for defense customers scheduled to achieve initial operational capability next month, spreads out costs among many customers and makes infrastructure upgrades more affordable. MilCloud 2.0 also will offer customers much-needed agility, an important feature for warfighters who must respond dynamically to ever-changing threats.

November 7, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, DISA director, addresses an AFCEA chapter event. Gen. Lynn and other DISA officials provided a forecast of contracting opportunities to industry on November 6.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is touting the potential benefits of light fidelity (Li-Fi) technology, a form of wireless, light-based communications. Li-Fi is expected to be more resistant to electronic signature detectors and therefore, less susceptible to electronic warfare techniques.

Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, the DISA director, stressed the need for the technology during the agency’s November 6 forecast to industry.

He also emphasized the need for software-defined networking, which Gen. Lynn said is inexpensive and versatile. He described a scenario in which warfighters will be able to hop from one network to the next, similar to radios that hop from one frequency to another.

November 7, 2017

Col. Douglas S. Shahan, USAF, assumed command of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA’s) Joint Staff Support Center.