The compromise fiscal 2013 national defense authorization bill unveiled by conferees Dec. 18 excludes language from the Senate version that would have required the use of a repository for all software code owned by the government or to which it has use rights and an official designation of DoD collaborative software development environments, "such as Forge.mil managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency."
The Defense Information Systems Agency has expanded plans to deploy a mobile device management and mobile application store, meaning every mobile device within the DoD could fall under the oversight of the forthcoming MDM and utilize the app store.
The Defense Information Systems Agency seeks a mobile device management solution and mobile application store that can be used across a range of Defense Department environments, according to a solicitation posted to FedBizOpps.gov on Oct. 22. The solutions must support a minimum of 162,500 devices, which could potentially scale to 262,500 devices, according to DISA. Awarding the contract will be a "significant step" in what the DoD mobility program office calls a broader, "evolutionary acquisition approach" to mobility, it adds.
AT&T and Verizon have received contracts to provide the Defense Information Systems Agency with Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy tablets, respectively. AT&T's $393,708 award is for third-generation iPads with 4G capability and 32 gigabytes of storage. Verizon's is for $155,976 for Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablets with 16 GB of storage.
Budget austerity facing the Defense Department as it readies the forthcoming Joint Information Environment requires funding to also be "joint," said a Defense Information Systems Agency official speaking Sept. 27 at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C. "That J word is very, very important. Especially as we go through the ties to the lack of resources, from a funding perspective being down," said Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, director of DISA.
Traditionally, the path to IT security is paved with requirements or the fine print in solicitations. But according to the Government Accountability Office and the Defense Information Systems Agency, security can be achieved through other means as well.
The Defense Information Systems Agency expects to fully support the iPhone 5, according to Rear Adm. David Simpson, vice director of DISA. "My primary NIPRNet device now is an iPhone 4. So, I'm very anxious to see the 5 come out," said Simpson during a Sept. 13 AFCEA DC event in Arlington, Va. "We do expect that when the iPhone 5 comes out that we will be integrating that into our capabilities out of the box and then building security around it."
The Defense Department's forthcoming Joint Information Environment will largely be built off of the Joint Enterprise Network, an existing Army, Defense Information Systems Agency, European Command and Africa Command initiative, according to defense officials. A DoD summit in Europe the week of Sept. 10 "really represents a handoff," said Rear Adm. David Simpson, vice director of DISA, during a Sept. 13 AFCEA DC event in Arlington, Va.
Future management of the Global Information Grid will shift from a net-centric model toward cloud-based convergence, the Defense Information Systems Agency says in a newly released GIG strategic plan. DISA also calls for the short-term migration of end-user applications to the cloud and increased adoption of virtual desktops on end-user devices.
Concerned about the security of Google's Android mobile operating system, the Russian government has created its own "secure" tablet computer, both the hardened operating system and the hardware, for use by state industries and government officials. Developed by the Russian Central Scientific Research Institute, the RoMOS operating system (it stands for Russian Mobile Operating System) was exhibited on the sidelines of the IFA conference in Berlin last week.
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