Data users in the intelligence community will have access to a common desktop and common cloud-based network starting in March, says DNI James Clapper.
Security considerations may limit the number of military applications moving to the cloud, but some applications are eligible for migration.
The private sector has a lot of experience the Defense Department can exploit to speed efforts to secure computer networks from attack, according to industry executives.
The military services and defense agencies must determine which of several cloud architectures is best suited for them.
DISA and the Army have established accounts for more than a half million Army users of the Defense Department's enterprise e-mail program.
EW technologies and ISR sensors boost situational awareness, force protection, and reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition.
The Defense Information Systems Agency has been designated as the Defense Department's Enterprise Cloud Service Broker.
The Defense Department plans to test its Joint Information Environment concept in the European Command this summer.
Quality Business Engineering will provide cloud computing architecture and engineering services to the service during an 18-month award.
For the military, building a cloud infrastructure may prove to be easier than figuring out what to put into it.