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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Col. John T. Caranta III, USAF, assumed command of the Joint Spectrum Center (JSC).
Col. Trevor A. Wall, USAF, assumed command of DISA’s Northern Field Command.
Col. Corey Brumsey, USA, assumed command of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA's) Central Field Command.
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.
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.
Col. Douglas S. Shahan, USAF, assumed command of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA’s) Joint Staff Support Center.
The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded a $163 million task order to SRA International, a subsidiary of CSRA Inc. The award directs CSRA to support DISA’s endpoint security solution integrator support effort under the General Services Administration’s Alliant Government-wide Acquisition Contract, the company announced.
Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) will offer superuser training several times over the next few months, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced on August 30. The training is designed to help frequent DCS users to improve their collaboration expertise across the Department of Defense.
The training is available to anyone in the DOD, including contractors. The class will be offered four different times: September 5 at 3 p.m.; October 3 at 9 a.m.; November 7 at 11 a.m.; or December 5 at 3 p.m. (Eastern time).
Upon completion of the training, DCS will issue a certificate designating the employee as a DCS superuser.
Rear Adm. Kathleen M. Creighton, USN, will be assigned as deputy commander, Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Networks, DISA, Fort Meade, Maryland.
Rear Adm. Nancy A. Norton, USN, will be assigned as vice director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Fort Meade, Maryland.
U.S. Defense Department personnel stationed in Hawaii will experience less latency and more communication features with the implementation of the Pacific Enterprise Services–Hawaii (PES-HI) Program in 2018.
PES-HI, which will be managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), will upgrade legacy analog communications to an almost-Everything over Internet Protocol (IP) technology base, according to a DISA announcement. Improvements include enterprise services, such as Voice and Video over Internet Protocol and web conferencing as well as collaboration services, including chat and presence.
The Defense Information Systems Agency is expanding its offerings under the Department of Defense Mobility Classified Capability-Secret (DMCC-S) Program through a new pilot program that puts 8-inch tablet computers into the hands of designated senior leaders across the department.
The pilot expands the DMCC-S' support for smartphones and acknowledges the need to enable leaders to work with classified data in a mobile environment just as they would in an office.
Conquering cyberthreats that pose a national security risk means acquiring cutting-edge technology and leading-edge talent and pairing them, according to U.S. Defense Department experts.
The department’s technology wish list, discussed during the annual Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium (DCOS), touches on a number of disruptive areas, including machine learning, biometrics, the cloud, what officials are dubbing “software-defined everything,” and solutions to improve mobility and identity protections. Experts shared the challenges and solutions of leveraging technology and talent at the AFCEA International event June 13-15 in Baltimore.
How many software engineers does it take to screw in a light bulb? None. It’s a hardware problem. That joke, though, soon might be on its way to becoming wrong with the speed of technology, joked Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and commander of the Joint Force Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN).