The unexpected pivot to a largely remote workforce has put unprecedented pressure on communications capabilities and systems, and this pressure extends beyond voice and conference access. Government and military agencies are increasingly working to interconnect information, people and resources, but to do so efficiently, they must leverage existing unified communication solutions, platforms and processes. As agencies adapt, the goal is to ensure continued access to data through secure and reliable methods.
DOD cloud computing
Facing a pandemic and an aging legacy medical record system with limited data storage capacity at an on-premise data center in Charleston, South Carolina, the Enterprise Intelligence & Data Solutions (EIDS) team, sprang into action to complete a game-changing cloud migration project. The effort, called the Accelerated Migration Project, or AMP, moved petabytes of secondary healthcare data and related applications to the cloud. The project digitally transforms access to U.S. Defense Department medical records and offers better data analytics and more reliable information discovery, driving improved outcomes in patient care and business operations, experts say.
Experts at the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and the Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems, recently completed a game-changing cloud migration project that digitally transformed access to Defense Department medical records. The so-called Accelerated Migration Project, or AMP, was a vast data migration of petabytes of secondary healthcare data to the cloud. The effort involved working with 20 outside vendors, restructuring to 14 cloud native services, managing 60 separate applications and consolidating several hundred virtual machines.
Accenture Federal Services, Arlington, Virginia, was awarded an $11,793,894 modification (P00026) to contract W52P1J-17-C-0022 for General Fund Enterprise Business System-Sensitive Activities cloud migration to IL6. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2021. Fiscal year 2018 and 2019 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $2,681,158 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
Nimbis Services Inc., Oro Valley, Arizona, has been awarded a $49,950,000 ceiling increase modification (P00003) to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinitely-quantity contract FA8650-16-D-1722 for research and development.This modification provides for the Department of Defense (DoD)-wide Cloud-Based Collaborative Microelectronics Design contract to establish a DoD-wide cloud-based collaborative silicon microelectronics design ecosystem that will form the basis for microelectronics research and development, evaluation of emerging authenticity/reliability tools, and a platform to help address supply chain risk management.
Steven Wert, recently named the U.S. Air Force’s Program Executive Officer Digital, is on a mission to fundamentally alter the service’s processes for developing and fielding software through development operations, commonly known as DevOps. The methodology merges software development and technology operations functions, allowing the two to work more closely to reduce the time needed to create new systems. Working closely with the end users is key to what Wert describes as a “release cadence” of weeks or months instead of years.
The U.S. Defense Department released the formal request for proposal (RFP) for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, seeking solicitations for cloud-related services.
"We are excited by the level of interest in JEDI Cloud and appreciate industry's participation throughout the draft solicitation process," DOD stated. "We are confident that these inputs helped us to refine and clarify the DOD's requirement represented in this RFP."
As U.S. Army and other Defense Department end users employ cloud services more and more through the ACCENT contract vehicle, they will have an army of approved contractors standing by to assist them, with each company trying to make its mark and win business.
The Army’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) conducts the on-ramping qualification process for companies to be ACCENT cloud service providers. Once approved by the PEO EIS, the companies remain for the duration of the contract; the Army intends to have an annual open window for companies to apply.
With an onslaught of new technologies ever present on the horizon, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is working to make sense of what technologies will work for them, not only in the traditional warfighting domains, but also in cyber—the new domain. Right now, they have a long list of priorities associated with modernizing the network, meeting standards and mandates, and fielding new capabilities.
The Department of Defense’s draft request for proposals for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, known as JEDI, hit the streets on March 7. With this action, the U.S. military behemoth is pulling itself further toward acquiring commercial-based cloud solutions commonplace to everyone outside of DOD.
Industry responded in droves, packing into a ballroom in Arlington, Virginia, at an industry day to hear about the unique and potentially lucrative award to provide modern cloud services to the DOD.
Brig. Gen. David Krumm, USAF, deputy director for requirements, Joint Staff, warned the industry that JEDI is not an ordinary information technology contract.
The computing device shouldn't matter, nor its provider: Defense Department personnel just want their information securely, by authorized channels, in a timely manner. Department customers want personal information assistants (PIAs), adapted to their position, training level and necessary connections. Paul A. Strassmann discusses the potential way forward in his article, "A Culture Shock Is Coming," in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine. Info sources must include data received from people, sensors or public websites.