By LTG Carroll F. Pollett, Director, Defense Information Systems Agency
In the past few months, the Defense Information Systems Agency has been involved in an unprecedented six simultaneous operations ranging from counter-insurgency support in Afghanistan to disaster relief missions in Japan. Each operation has validated the need for a global, resilient, and protected enterprise, which provides access to protected information and applications or web-based services to enable leaders’ effective decision making within a global environment. These operations have also exposed capability gaps and seams, which have focused our efforts on optimizing and enhancing enterprise infrastructure and services.
DISA, in partnership with OSD, the Joint Staff, the COCOMs, military services, agencies, and industry, is bringing a more resilient enterprise to the warfighter by leveraging mobile technologies, agile development and deployment techniques, global shared services and extending the enterprise with a seamless integration of terrestrial, air, and space capabilities. Our partnerships continue to grow in importance as we face increasing fiscal constraints – now and into the future. We must remain aggressive in improving operational effectiveness while taking the initiative to be more innovative and efficient in setting the conditions for the future.
DISA is comprised of military, government, and contract employees in 25 states and 12 countries around the world, including dedicated field offices to support each combatant command. Together, this skilled team of professionals works each day with the end user in mind to provide improved information sharing and increased command and control capability and to support much faster development, testing, deployment, and scaling of information services.
In the article that follows, DISA shares information about three key components of the enterprise, which moves us closer to an integrated set of seamless services and capabilities to meet the needs of our customers and mission partners: 1) mobile applications to the edge, 2) modernization of command and control, and 3) satellite communications extending the enterprise. These efforts are all about connecting joint and coalition users with protected information and capabilities to ultimately enhance decision making and command and control across the full spectrum of operations.
We must meet these challenges and continue to take advantage of advances in information technology to create a platform of integrated capabilities that a user can seamlessly plug into and get the mission accomplished. Our warfighters and national level leaders must have reliable access to the right information at the right time from any device anywhere in the world — that’s the Power to Connect.