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Army plans cloud management office

The Army is setting up a "provisional" enterprise cloud management office to oversee its cloud initiatives and assist in migrations and training, the Army's CIO said.

Speaking to reporters at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual conference Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford said additional details on the office's  leadership and programs would come "later on this quarter."

The CIO first announced plans to stand up a cloud program office in March, saying the service wasn't quite ready to take advantage of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure platform once a winning vendor is named.

Crawford has said in the past that a cloud office would need contracts for cloud migration, personnel services and shared services, and would start on several pathfinder efforts relating to tactical intelligence data, financial management applications, global force integration systems, logistics and maintenance, and the tactical service and infrastructure.

"Absolutely, there is a need for an enterprise cloud," Crawford told reporters Oct. 15, referring to JEDI, which was initially expected to be awarded in August at the earliest, but the procurement process is now under defense secretary review.

The Army is assessing what applications and data are best for a general-purpose cloud versus a fit-for-purpose one, as the service is interested in having both.

The Army plans to invest almost $700 million in cloud, data and artificial intelligence over the next five years, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual conference Oct. 14.

A longer version of this article was first posted to FCW, a sibling site to GCN.

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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