Dana Deasy: DoD’s CIO Office Helping Services Branches Prepare for Future JEDI Cloud Migration

Dana Deasy: DoD’s CIO Office Helping Services Branches Prepare for Future JEDI Cloud Migration
Dana Deasy CIO DoD

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said his office has begun working with service branches to help them prepare for their future transition to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday.

“We’re doing a lot of work with the services on getting them prepared to move their [software] development processes and cycles to DevOps so when the JEDI cloud finally does get awarded, we’re not starting at Day One,” Deasy said Wednesday at a Defense Writers Group roundtable.

DoD reaffirmed its decision to award the JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft in early September but a new court schedule showed several scenarios that could stretch the contract protest into 2021.

Amid the ongoing court proceedings, Deasy said the armed services should now start identifying tools, directories and integration environments in order to link users to the cloud once it becomes available. He cited how JEDI could help DoD address critical capability gaps and discussed the cloud program's role in the Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept. 

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