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DISA Releases Four-Year Strategic Plan; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Quoted

Jeff Brody
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The Defense Information Systems Agency has issued a strategic plan setting the agency’s direction through 2022. DISA said Wednesday that the plan provides a framework to guide the agency’s resource allocation, planning priorities and evaluation criteria in support of the joint forces’ efforts to counter adversaries, ensure resilience and adapt to challenges.

“This four-year plan focuses on our future within the Department of Defense and the ever-changing cyberspace environment,” Navy Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of DISA, wrote in the document. “It focuses on developing and reinforcing trusted partnerships to connect and protect the warfighter in cyberspace while contributing to the lethality of our joint fighting force.”

The document sets three strategic goals: operate and defend; adopt, buy and create solutions; and enable people and reform the agency. Under the strategic goals, DISA has outlined seven strategic objectives. One of those is to strengthen cybersecurity through the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning, which could help cyber defenders detect threat actors through automated analysis of threat indicators and system outputs.

Other strategic objectives cited are modernizing the infrastructure, enhancing operations, optimizing for the enterprise, driving innovation, enabling people and reforming the agency. The document also sets guiding principles to meet the strategic goals and objectives and they are enhancing customer service, partnering to collaborate, taking prudent risks and measuring what matters.

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