Department of Defense (DoD) and public sector experts agree that in order to better leverage cloud for the warfighter, it is vital for organizations to be smart about their cloud migrations and focus on specific service offerings, as opposed to racing to move everything to the cloud.

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Cloud is evolving how the Department of Defense (DoD) defends assets, supports the warfighter, and gains tactical advantages. Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee, the assistant to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) director, spoke about the benefits and challenges that arise from moving from legacy infrastructure to cloud infrastructure.

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Rep. Jim Langevin, chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems said today that current debates surrounding the Defense Department’s ongoing migration to cloud-based systems need to proceed further toward security and optimization topics in preparation for reaching the eventual goal of a DoD enterprise cloud.

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Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said the Department of Defense (DoD) is looking to move forward on solutions for the agency’s enterprise cloud needs perhaps within the next month, as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud services contract continues to be stalled in litigation.

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The journey for an agency to modernize its data management strategy with the cloud begins with having a plan and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have both plans and projects in motion to modernize their data.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) is moving quickly on multiple tracks to harness cloud infrastructures to tackle a growing list of high-profile mission sets. Think global cloud strategies, DoD365 collaboration tools, multi-billion dollar AI development programs – and that’s just scratching the surface.

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While the Federal government certifies cloud vendors as secure through the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), an official at the Government Accountability Organization (GAO) shared striking statistics about agencies going outside of the program for cloud vendors, which can lead to vulnerabilities.

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The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer has released its Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) Cloud Strategy, which strives to enable an all-domain advantage for international operations through cloud innovation.

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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is employing the Defense Enterprise Office Solution (DEOS) – an enterprise commercial cloud service supporting the Defense Department (DoD) enterprise – to implement the DoD 365 Joint (DoD365-J) Tenant project, officials said today.

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) and Microsoft are arguing for a shorter duration of any further legal proceedings before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims over the Defense Department’s (DoD) Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud services contract it re-awarded to Microsoft last year.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking for parties to help the agency create a request for information (RFI) that would look to examine China’s role in setting international standards around emerging technology, according to a May 12 sources sought notice posted to beta.SAM.gov.

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Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program manager Kevin Cox delivered an upbeat assessment of the program’s progress in helping Federal agencies fortify their networks against cyber attacks at MeriTalk’s CDM Central: the Age of the Cyber Defenders virtual conference on May 12.

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The General Services Administration (GSA) is looking to serve as a “proving ground” for cloud adoption in the Federal government, to lead the way in digital transformation and to serve as a model for other agencies, GSA CIO David Shive said today.

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