DISA to Lead Fourth Estate Network Optimization Effort

Deputy defense secretary and 2019 Wash100 winner David Norquist has signed a memorandum authorizing the Defense Information Systems Agency as the single information technology service provider for Fourth Estate agencies.

DISA said Tuesday the Fourth Estate Network Optimization Execution Guidance enables DISA to direct the 14 Fourth Estate agencies’ migration to the unified Department of Defense Network. DISA announced plans to transition IT services to a unified hub last week.

“We are responsible for delivering a consolidated Fourth Estate network, enterprise services, end-user devices, desktop support and local and wide area network connectivity,” said Col. Chris Autrey, military deputy for Defense Enclave Services and lead for the 4ENO effort.

“Through this process, DISA will manage all applications, tools, processes and the contracts necessary to support the Fourth Estate organizations and their day-to-day common IT functions.”

DISA is currently working on optimizing cloud capabilities, data centers, networks and services as well as developing enterprise IT and collaboration tools. The 14 Fourth Estate organizations are slated to transition to DoDNET from fiscal year 2020 through 2025.

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