By Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., Director, Defense Information Systems Agency
The last twelve months were foundational for a host of DISA initiatives that are designed to implement the Secretary of Defense’s vision of an agile, flexible, ready, and technologically advanced Department of Defense. DISA’s Strategic Plan, published in September, defines our mission, vision, strategic goals and key objectives through 2018. It sets the five-year stage for DISA and our mission partners to leverage skills, talents, and capabilities to achieve the Secretary’s vision.
In just a few weeks we will say farewell to 2012 and hail 2013 with eager anticipation as we press ahead to achieve our targeted objective state, which is an enterprise information environment that optimizes the use of DOD information technology assets by converging communications, computing, and enterprise services into a single, joint platform that can be leveraged for all DOD missions. This environment will enable our forces to “connect” from anywhere, anytime, with any device.
In the pages that follow, I am honored to introduce 11 individuals who epitomize DISA’s commitment to our vision of information superiority in defense of our nation. You will also read about the following three critical areas that will be moving the agency towards the Secretary’s vision.
DISA’s Principal Director of Enterprise Services, Alfred Rivera, explains the agency’s new Platform- as-a-Service (PAAS) (Secure Technology Application eXecution (STAX)) and how it brings more cloud computing efficiencies to the DOD.
John Hickey, DISA’s Program Manager for Mobility, shares how DISA is bringing to bear the ability to purchase commercial devices and leverage them through multiple carriers to ensure secure mobile technology for the DOD.
With the department processing and transporting more full-motion imagery than ever before, DISA’s Program Executive Officer for Communications, Bruce Bennett, explains how DISA meets the challenges of exponentially increasing commercial satellite bandwidth needs.
DISA is energized to take on the toughest challenges the next five years may bring, and our people are steadfast in their support to warfighters and decision makers around the globe to deliver a Joint Information Environment to: see with clarity; network with assurance; communicate with confidence; navigate with accuracy; and strike with precision.
Our people are our strength!