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DISA Wants Mission Partners to Advance ‘App Rationalization’ for Cloud; John Hale Quoted

The Defense Information Systems Agency is encouraging mission partners to pursue “app rationalization” by rebuilding or customizing applications to leverage the benefits of operating in the cloud, Federal News Network reported Friday. John Hale, chief of cloud services at DISA, said such a move could help agencies realize cost savings from cloud adoption.

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Defense Security Service to Oversee DISA’s National Background Investigation Service

A Pentagon memorandum directs the director of the Defense Security Service to assume responsibility for the Defense Information Systems Agency’s National Background Investigation Service to build up the Department of Defense’s personnel vetting process. DISA said on Thursday that 2019 Wash100 Award winner David Norquist, who serves as deputy secretary at DoD, issued the Jan. 28 memo on the realignment with the provisions of the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Navy Eyes Commercial Cloud Providers for Long-Haul Telecom Services; Will Stephens Quoted

The U.S. Navy plans to kick off a prototype project in the spring of 2019 to determine whether to outsource long-haul telecommunications support to one or more cloud service providers, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The service currently relies on the Defense Information Systems Agency’s wide-area network for telecom services. 

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DISA Streamlines Web-Based Service Ordering

The Defense Information Systems Agency updated its services and capabilities catalog that now allows mission partners to submit orders online. Defense organizations may select from 91 services in the mission categories of commercial satellite communications, Department of Defense mobility solutions, data services and voice services, officials said Friday.

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Few Personnel, Security Clearances Slowing Down DoD’s Hiring Process

A Pentagon cyber adviser said the lack of personnel and complicated security clearance process has slowed implementation of a congressional authority for faster hiring of cyber and tech workers at the agency, FCW reported Tuesday. During a recent meeting with the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, Marines Corps Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, deputy principal cyber adviser for the Department of Defense, said the agency faces delays implementing the Cyber Excepted Service program.

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DISA Launches Efforts to Address Latency, Multitenancy Issues Linked to Joint Regional Security Stacks

The Defense Information Systems Agency has started addressing the five concerns raised by mission partners with regard to the implementation of Joint Regional Security Stacks. DISA said Wednesday that those five challenges are performance reliability, latency, multi-tenancy, synchronization with base infrastructure and cost. 

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DISA Considering Blockchain Tech for DoD’s Digital Infrastructure

The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to deploy blockchain technologies being developed by IBM, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services into the Department of Defense’s systems, GCN reported Tuesday. The agency’s emerging technologies directorate is studying recent developments in other blockchain programs including the Department of Health and Human Services’ HHS Accelerate program and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s research into blockchain applications.

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DISA Tests New Biometric Device in Pilot Program

The Defense Information Systems Agency has distributed new biometric devices across military partners under a pilot program in partnership with Qualcomm, FCW reported Wednesday. The program disseminated 50 units of the device with Joint Interoperability Test Command among the recipients, Stephen Wallace, systems innovation scientist at DISA, told FCW.

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