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DISA Unveils Online, Open Source Collaboration Tool for DoD

Defense Information Systems Agency DISAThe Defense Information Systems Agency is launching a web-based, open source collaboration tool for the Defense Department that provides webconferencing, chat and instant messaging functions for employees based in the U.S. and abroad.

Cheryl Pellerin reports Friday for DoD News that personnel with Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router Network common access cards or Secret Internet Protocol Router Network tokens will have access to the Defense Collaboration Services.

“Anyone who has either one of those [authorized network accesses] is authorized to create an account on DCS and then can hold meetings using this service,” said Karl Kurz, DISA program manager for DCS.

The tool, which is hosted on milCloud, works to enable secure voice and video communications and the sharing of documents, images and other information.

DISA has been working with the U.S. Cyber Command during the DCS rollout process, which is currently at the network configuration and system testing phase, Pellerin writes.

Kurz noted that the complete implementation across DoD is scheduled by the end of the month.

DCS will be available under requirements provided by the Joint Staff and help facilitate operational efficiencies and cost savings by integrating several functions and leveraging milCloud to distribute the workload, the report said.

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