The Great Migration: DISA’s Reorg and What it Means for COTS Vendors – Part 1

Lloyd McCoy_65x85by Lloyd McCoy Jr., Consultant

Recently I attended an AFCEA luncheon with Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, Director of DISA, and several other top leaders in DISA. This event kicked off DISA’s new reorganization. The agency realigned because of complaints they were too slow and cost too much in the areas of “5 Cs”: cyber security, cloud, collaboration, and command and control. The discussion centered on the changes and how it will impact industry.  Hawkins guessed by the year’s end, DISA will have ironed out all the kinks commonly associated with reorganizations.

Here’s a look at the major directorates within DISA, who’s in charge and what they’re doing:

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Opportunities on the Horizon within DISA Part 2

Lloyd McCoy_65x85by Lloyd McCoy Jr., Consultant

Building on last week’s blog post, focusing on DISA’s major enterprise wide initiatives for DOD where I gave some updates on the current state of DISA’s fiscal environment and what the agency is doing in the areas of cloud procurement. This week I’ll explore DISA’s increasing role in cybersecurity and the impact of contract consolidation.

Amping up Role in Cybersecurity…

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Opportunities on the Horizon within DISA Part 1

Lloyd McCoy_65x85by Lloyd McCoy Jr., Consultant

This week DISA’s Director of Strategic Planning and Information, Tony Montemarano, met with industry partners to give an update on DISA’s major initiatives in the pipeline. As I pointed out in a Webinar earlier this year, DISA is at the heart of major enterprise wide initiatives for DOD; in addition to legacy roles like command and control, hosting, and telecommunications, newer initiatives like DOD Enterprise Portal Service, Defense Enterprise Mobility (classified and unclassified), Enterprise Directory Services, Unified Communications, and Global Network Services provide a wealth of opportunities for COTS vendors. Today I’ll be diving into Mr. Montemarano’s update on how DISA is faring in this fiscal environment and what the agency is doing in the areas of cloud procurement.

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DOD RFI Invites Cloud Vendors into Federal Data Centers

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by Rick Antonucci, Analyst

Cloud Vendors into Federal Data CentersLast week DISA released a Request for Information exploring ways for cloud service providers (CSPs) to use DOD-owned data centers to provide private cloud services for the military. One option DISA is contemplating is allowing private providers to lease rack and server space in their data centers to provide the cloud services through their Data Center Leasing Model (DCLM). CSPs selected to provide these services would undergo the required security vetting necessary to operate inside DOD data centers.

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The Future of the Joint Information Environment (JIE)…

Stephanie Headshot 65x85by Stephanie Meloni, Senior Analyst

Last week DISA and key Army leaders convened with industry at an AFCEA DC luncheon to weigh-in on the Army’s future IT priorities, address the current status of some of their larger efforts, and discuss available funding. Of course, JIE was weighing heavy on everyone’s mind; the Air Force, Army, and DISA continue to be committed to partnering together, implementing projects for shared architectures and services.

Here are key projects all three agencies are working on:

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Key DISA Initiatives Gaining Momentum

Lloyd McCoy_65x85by Lloyd McCoy Jr., Consultant

If you recall from our webinar on DISA given back in March, we hammered home the point that DISA is central to all the major initiatives DOD is undertaking. We centered our discussion on key pillars like cybersecurity, cloud, mobility, strategic sourcing, and enterprise system consolidation. Last week DISA held its annual Forecast to Industry Day to provide a progress report on existing activities in these areas and give updates on changes taking place in the agency. Topics of the Industry Day were largely in line with our analysis in March:

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JIE Concept Creates Industry Opportunities

Stephanie Headshot 65x85by Stephanie Meloni, Senior Analyst

In mid-May, AFCEA brought together industry and DOD leadership at the well-attended Joint Information Environment Symposium in Baltimore, MD. Government leaders from all of the service branches, along with a large presence from DISA, spoke about their future priorities and plans for JIE implementation, as well as the challenges and accomplishments they have encountered along the way thus far. The speakers were unified in their commitment to the JIE concept as they drive forward with execution.

Though JIE is not a program of record with funded dollars (but this could change with the 2015 NDAA), its implementation is the DOD’s top priority in the current fiscally constrained environment. JIE looks to eliminate inefficiencies in delivery of enterprise services and improve cyber defense through consolidation to a single security architecture. There are many ways that industry can assist with the DOD’s execution of JIE – here are two big JIE topics that present opportunity for industry:

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