DoD’s Peter Ranks on Cloud’s Role in Software Modernization

Peter Ranks
Peter Ranks

Peter Ranks, deputy chief information officer for information enterprise at the Department of Defense, said he believes cloud could be used as a platform by DoD to facilitate software modernization, Federal Times reported Thursday.

“I really think that this cloud portion of the modernization strategy ought to be focused on software modernization, or, more specifically, software agility,” Ranks said Thursday at MeriTalk’s Smart 2020 event.

Ranks discussed in his speech several DoD initiatives that seek to speed up the delivery of software updates and one is the CIO office’s move to change policy to facilitate a more iterative process in acquisition.

He also mentioned plans to come up with a continuous authorization to operate to allow the Pentagon to deliver software patches in real time without having to go through the update approval process.

Ranks said DoD also intends to amend the acquisition language this year and that there has been “good progress” in advancing a policy that “encourages a bias in the delivery of software toward delivery of small amounts of capability."

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