DISA

January 13, 2012
By George Seffers

The Defense Information Systems Agency issued a modification to increase the ceiling value of two existing Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) multiple-award omnibus contracts for TASC-M, Andover, Massachusetts, and Interop Joint Venture II, Chantilly, Virginia.

January 11, 2012

The Defense Information Systems Agency's Global Content Delivery Service (GCDS) has introduced a cost structure for fiscal year 2012 that features a one-time fee with no recurring monthly costs. Using the GCDS saves costs, improves efficiency and offers sustainability. Rather than building and maintaining a distributed infrastructure of their own, users can take advantage of this fully operational, distributed and scalable service to lower overall operating costs and improve end-user performance. The agency recently redesigned a website that enhances GCDS solutions browsing, features a high-level description of each solution and includes simplified cost structure information.

October 28, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Maj. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as director, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland.

August 19, 2011
By Max Cacas

There's a first time for everything. On the final day of the DISA Customer and Industry Forum 2011, a first-ever panel of the chief information officers from the four branches of the military provided industry representatives with a look at the challenges they face in providing enhanced digital technologies to the warfighter.

Pentagon CIO Teri Takai she began the panel by asking LTG Susan Lawrence, USA, chief information officer G-6 with the Army, to offer an update on the Army's migration to enterprise email. That migration was delayed this past Spring as Army IT dealt with unanticipated technical problems with the migration.

August 18, 2011
By Max Cacas

John Chambers, CEO of internet router manufacturer CISCO, told the DISA Customer and Industry Forum in Baltimore yesterday that "Collaboration will be the productivity tool of the next decade." Generally, its tough to anticipate what challenges and opportunities will present themselves five years from now, he continued.

Several years ago, for example, his company designed and built one of the first routers capable of handling one million telephone calls per second. In the first year, they sold only seven, with many people wondering what you would use such a device for. Five years later, he said, they had sold over 5,000.

August 16, 2011
By Max Cacas

Imagine, if you will, the head of the Defense Department's top IT organization, going from one exhibit hall booth to another at a trade show and saying "I need ideas!"

Lt. Gen. Carroll Pollett, USA, said that's just what he did Monday night as the 2011 Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Customer and Industry Forum opened its Technology Showcase at the Baltimore Convention Center.

DISA Director Pollett told reporters that he and his senior staff decided on what he described as a "shotgun start," on their first tour of the exhibit area.

"We just kind of worked the room, in terms of telling industry that we were interested in what they were doing," in the areas of digital communication technology .

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.

The budget will increase funding for training cyber analysts, for improving Global Information Grid (GIG)-wide situational awareness, for developing pilot programs for supply chain risk management and for improving intrusion detection and analysis.

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

The U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) isn't merely polishing the lenses of its legacy space assets to improve its satellite communications (SATCOM)-it's also ordering a new pair of glasses to see its future capabilities. Not only does the command have three Wideband Global System (WGS) satellites currently in orbit, it's also looking at ways the commercial sector can support its endeavors. These efforts-along with STRATCOM's revamping of its Joint Space Operations Center-are in the sights of Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor in this month's issue of SIGNAL Magazine.

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.

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

Find out what Orndorff is talking about by reading the full article, available on SIGNAL Online.

January 27, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Star Wars character Han Solo said, "Traveling through hyperspace ain't like crop dusting." The same can be said about cyberspace-with regard to security. The valuable harvest growing from social media includes information sharing and networking opportunities-and developers of the military/government colleague network DEFStar want to settle the dust surrounding social media phobias of government leaders. Fear still abounds that social media sites for government use are too vulnerable to breaches.

October 21, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

A person recognizable to anyone who has been in military information technology for a few years offered MILCOM 2009 attendees insights into where the Defense Information Systems Agency is headed. 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. The plan, which is in the midst of final modifications, comprises three lines of operations: enterprise infrastructure, command and control, and information sharing.

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