3 DOD technology projects receive 2012 GCN Awards

Three Defense Department projects were among the 10 government IT projects selected for the 2012 GCN Awards for IT achievement, reports GCN, a sister publication of Defense Systems.

The winning projects and their teams will be featured in the October issue of GCN and honored at GCN’s annual awards gala dinner and reception at the Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner on Oct. 24.

The projects were chosen by a group of 6 judges representing the public-sector IT community. The judges were asked to score the nominated projects on basis of the impact of the program on the agency or public, the innovation in the project technology plan and the quality of leadership in the team that carried the projects to fruition.

The DOD award recipients were:

Multi-Domain Dissemination System
Defense Intelligence Agency
In a war zone, traditional command protocols can often lag real-time tactical maneuvers. Example: A high-level officer observing a patrol has relevant information to share. But due to security clearance rules, the message has to be relayed through a third party, missing the narrow window of opportunity that presented itself. Such kinks in information sharing can spell failure for a mission -- or worse. The Defense Intelligence Agency’s Multi-Domain Dissemination System (MDDS) helps overcome such snafus. MDDS operates on a simple principle: If a document or other information source exists, personnel in the chain of command can call it up as long as it was created within a network classified either at or below their specific clearance level. The underlying system is driven by software providing secure multi-level network access and automatic file validation, paving the way for rapid data movement through networks at different sensitivity levels. DIA calls the tool the “http” of military intelligence information sharing.

Global Logistics Modernization with Federated Private Cloud
Marine Corps
The timely delivery of the right supplies at the right place and time can mean the difference between life and death for troops on the battlefield. Yet modern warfighters have the ability to abruptly out-distance supply lines developed in rear echelons. This can lead to gaps in supply fulfillment, compromising readiness and ultimately the safety of troops. To help close this critical loop, the Marine Corps used a federated private cloud and data synchronization techniques to give war-fighters the same logistics integrity in theater that they would have in garrison anywhere in the world. The system has led to striking performance gains: requisitions requests that sometimes took days can now be accomplished in a matter of minutes, according to project managers, bringing accuracy to logistics process at “the tip of the spear.”
Defense Department Enterprise E-mail
Defense Information Systems Agency
The Base Realignment and Closure Act giveth and it taketh away. As a part of the global facilities reorganization effort, DISA is moving 4,000 employees to a new campus at Fort Meade, Md. The IT services agency is using the move to undertake a massive upgrade of its IT enterprise, with the goal of establishing a core of networks, data centers and “Internet-like information services” to support its operations. In 2011, DISA took a big bite out of the project in setting up a new enterprise email infrastructure designed to scale to 4.5 million users. Through modifications to Microsoft Outlook, Windows Server and Exchange, users can find anyone who has a Common Access Card, whether he is Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, civilian, military or contractor. And there’s something in it for the general public: the Army says it has identified savings of $75 million in the system’s first year.

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