JWCC is not a cloud 'competition'

Marine Corps/Jennifer Gonzalez

The Pentagon's latest multi-cloud effort, the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability program, could change how the department buys enterprise services, according to a top defense IT official.

The Pentagon’s latest multi-cloud effort could change how the department buys enterprise services, according to a top defense IT official.

Sharon Woods, the executive director of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s cloud computing program office, said the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) program doesn’t compete with other defense cloud efforts and that ultimately, it could make it easier for DOD components to get the enterprise services they need to fulfill their missions.

“JWCC is not in competition with other cloud efforts. It is augmenting and filling for gaps and because of the relationships [between DISA and the military departments]...we're able to collaborate together to figure out how do we best meet the requirements that are very complex across the department,” Woods told reporters Dec. 14, following an AFCEA DC event on the DOD’s joint cloud strategy. “And that means using a variety of capabilities, not just one contract, not just one capability. It needs to be an orchestrated suite of capabilities, if you will.”

Woods said that once JWCC is awarded, DISA’s collaboration with the military departments will become more critical as they work to figure out what needs exist.

“I think it's important to remember the capability gaps that JWCC is solving for in the first place. There are capability gaps that are unmet in the areas of all classification levels out to the tactical edge, inclusive of built in, accredited, cross domain solutions that are available over a number of different vendor platforms,” Woods said during the event.

“I think there's a lot of undiscovered territory on the tactical edge. I think the Navy provides some really important use cases. But if we can't make JWCC work for the Marine Corps or for the Navy or for the Army -- think about Space Force and satellite-as-a-service and all these things -- if it doesn't work, JWCC failed. I mean, that's really what it's there for.”

Earlier this year the Defense Department abandoned its plans to pursue the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, which was awarded to Microsoft but heavily contested in lawsuits. JWCC is a strategic pivot designed to be multi-vendor focused from the beginning. DOD announced the four contending cloud providers invited to compete for the contract on Nov. 19: Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and Oracle.

Woods said the new direction with JWCC aims to “remove a lot of the barriers that have slowed down mission owners: contracting, acquisition, task orders, how the funding flows” and build a clear vector or “superhighway for mission partners to be able to quickly place orders and get capability” without having to go through their own months-long acquisition process.

The cloud director said connecting across classification levels, especially outside of the continental U.S., is crucial for JWCC to work.

“And this is where industry's transport fabric is; it is global. So I think that when I'm talking about capability gaps, that's the issue. It's not that the technology doesn't exist, it's that DOD hasn't really had a pathway for the entire department,” Woods said.

When asked about DISA's contingency plans in case JWCC doesn’t materialize, Woods said focus stays the same.

“The [Hosting and Compute Center (HaCC)] is responsible from data center to on prem cloud to commercial cloud and so we are investing time and energy and making sure that those capabilities are modern, that they are continuously onboarding improved capabilities,” Woods said, “and that focus will persist regardless of what contract or acquisition is in flight.”

This article first appeared on FCW. 

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.