Ronnie Hawkins: DISA Transition Strategy Focuses on Mobility, Disruptive Tech

Ronnie Hawkins
Ronnie Hawkins

Defense Information Systems Agency Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins said the agency has finalized a five-year strategy to help the country transition to a smaller but more agile military amid budget cuts and a Mideast drawdown, Fedscoop reported Monday.

Dan Verton writes the new strategic plan highlights investments on a list of emerging technologies in support of the Defense Department’s Joint Information Environment program.

This move comes nearly two months after the Pentagon moved to build joint regional security stacks in Europe as part of efforts to update the military’s cybersecurity posture for JIE.

DISA’s Strategic Technologies Watchlist includes technology priorities such as command and control, automation, access management, big data, cloud computing, mobile security and the Internet of Things.

“Not only must we transition to a post-conflict and financially constrained era, but we must also transition to a smaller, yet equally lethal military,” Hawkins said, according to Fedscoop.

“Our focus must be on cybersecurity sovereignty, agility and innovation, given its more dominant role today,” he added.

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