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New strategy establishes DoD-wide enterprise cloud environment

The Defense Department has laid out an ambitious cloud computing strategy that includes building up and transitioning to an DoD-wide enterprise cloud environment as well leveraging a broad range of commercial services. DoD Chief Information Officer Teri Takai released the four-step strategy Wednesday. The strategy includes steps for winnowing down the number of data centers to a few "core" elements as well as phasing out dedicated infrastructures in favor of shareable, virtualized ones.

Tags: cloud computing , DoD , Technology , Teri Takai , Data center consolidation , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 09:58pm EDT

DoD leaders advocate plug-and-play IT buying

Defense leaders say the Pentagon should skip buying IT for some major systems until contractors finish production. Many big projects take years to complete, meaning the technology inside becomes outdated by project completion.

Tags: DoD , Acquisition , Technology , Mark Bowman , David Simpson , Joint Staff , IT , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:36pm EDT
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GSA, DISA face protests of billion dollar awards

CWTSatoTravel objected to the $1.4 billion E- Travel award going to Concur Technologies. SAIC protested DISA's $4.6 billion award for the Global Information Grid management services to Lockheed Martin. Both protestors are the incumbent contractors.

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , Industry , GSA , Concur Technologies , E-Travel , CWTSatoTravel , Lockheed Martin , SAIC , GAO , bid protest , Jason Miller

Monday - 06/25/2012, 03:24pm EDT
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Lockheed lands big Defense IT contract

Lockheed Martin, the federal government's largest contractor landed up to $1.9 billion worth of work Friday in a deal to operate Defense Department networks across the globe.

Tags: Global Information Grid , Lockheed Martin , SAIC , Industry , Contracting , Technology , Jared Serbu , Federal Drive

Monday - 06/18/2012, 04:11pm EDT

Secure Cloud Computing-"Progress & Best Practices"

May 22nd at 12pm

Program will discuss Key Initiatives Around "Cloud Computing" in Government, Key Benefits Associated with Cloud Computing, Barriers or Contraints to still overcome, How to Address Security Concerns in a Cloud Computing Strategy, Private vs Public Clouds, A Future Vision for the next 1-2 Years in Cloud Computing

Tags: NASA Goddard , FERC , Lockheed Martin , ImmixGroup , SafeNet , Dave Mihelcic , Adrian Gardner , Sanjay Sardar , Haden Land , Steve Charles , Chris Ensey , Jim Flyzik , Trezza Media Group

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 12:11pm EDT
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DISA envisions unified global communications network

DISA has released a request for information that says the single network would replace three existing ones. By 2020, it says the wired and wireless network would provide bandwidth on demand where none is available now.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Monday - 05/07/2012, 09:27am EDT

Agencies feel strain of balancing mobility, security

The Army and DISA will release a broad agency announcement this summer seeking third party software to secure smartphones and tablet computers. The Marine Corps is looking at host of different possibilities to secure mobile devices, including a process to verify the software code in apps.

Tags: Technology , cybersecurity , Army , Marine Corps , Defense , Stephen Smith , Ray Letteer , Howard Schmidt , Emma Garrison-Alexander , TSA , White House , mobile computing , McAfee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 05:18am EDT
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Packard becomes DISA's new deputy for procurement

Douglas Packard comes to the job from the Army's Mission and Installation Contracting Command in Fort Eustis, Va.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Douglas Packard , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 08:51am EDT

New DISA procurement official named

Douglas Packard has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service for the Defense Department and will serve as the no. 2 official for procurement at the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Tags: DoD , Acquisition , In Depth , Francis Rose , Douglas Packard , DoD Report

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 08:09pm EDT

DoD experts weigh in on the way out of budget squeeze

In a world of shrinking budgets, federal agencies are constantly looking to improve performance. No one is dealing with that more right now than the Department of Defense. But the DoD, with its inherent emphasis on mission and metrics, is also poised to adapt to this new climate better than anyone else. On the Federal Drive, several DoD experts weighed in on balancing performance and resources.

Tags: Dave Bennett , Eric Fanning , Natalie Houghtby-Haddon , Navy , GPRA , metrics , performance measurement , DoD , Federal Drive

Friday - 04/06/2012, 03:24pm EDT
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