DISA to lead defense cloud efforts

The Defense Department on July 11 outlined new plans to streamline operations and cut down on costs, focusing on cloud strategies to be handled primarily by the Defense Information Systems Agency, reports Amber Corrin in Federal Computer Week.

With DISA brokering the cloud services for military components, DOD aims to move the department's network applications from a "duplicative, cumbersome and costly set of application silos" to an environment offering greater agility and cost-effectiveness, according to the department.

“Cloud computing and cloud services offer unprecedented opportunities for cost savings, enhanced information sharing and mission effectiveness. However, the Department of Defense's mission assurance and information interoperability must be maintained as we take advantage of these emerging new capabilities,” DOD CIO Teri Takai said in a memorandum to Pentagon leadership. “The key to successfully leveraging cloud computing will be managing the new risks associated with an increasing dependence on rapidly emerging commercial technologies.”

DISA’s lead on the strategy is designed to emphasize those priorities, as well as help the department meet Federal Risk and Authorization Program Management requirements and integrate with U.S. Cyber Command defense operations, Corrin reported.

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