The U.S. Department of defense on the way to the next breakthrough in the field of information technology
Material posted: Publication date: 17-06-2013

In early September 2012, the Agency for defense information systems U.S. Department of defense (DISA) announced a new Strategic plan for 2013-2018.

DISA is a combat support Agency that provides operation and protection management systems, access to information and the global information infrastructure in the interests of the armed forces and the leadership of the state. The Agency plays an important role in achieving information superiority of the United States.

Strategic plan 2013-2018 sets the Agency's strategic objectives such as the development of a common information space, systems management and support decision making. In addition, it should be to ensure the reliable functioning and protection of information systems, as well as to optimize investment of the Ministry of defence.

The main objective of DISA is to organize a continuous exchange of classified and unclassified information between all structures of the Ministry of defence, armed forces, other Federal agencies and coalition allies. The most difficult is the creation of a comprehensive system of differentiation of access to information, able to ensure information security when using modern mobile, including commercial technologies.

Another task is the creation of new and modernization of existing control systems in the armed forces. Attention is paid not only to technical but also to the improvement of the Unified system of operational planning and execution solutions (JOPES) and its integration into ACS. Ultimately, the management system of the future should be multi-level (i.e. to provide decision makers, management of subordinate forces and resources to tactical, operational and strategic levels). They should be based on a modular principle, with the possibility of rapid deployment to ensure actions of U.S. troops and allies in the whole spectrum of operations. The Agency should provide the ability to simultaneously conduct multiple large-scale missions.

Military-political leadership of the U.S. believes that cyber space has become a full-fledged field of warfare, alongside land, sea, air and outer space. Therefore, in accordance with the plan for 2013-2018, one of the most important tasks of the Agency will be involved in joint operations with cybernetic command of the USA.

In addition, the Strategic plan, DISA identified the following most promising information technology that need to be developed to achieve these goals:

  • high productive optical network technology at speeds of 100 Gbps and above;
  • fault-tolerant network technologies, able to withstand both natural environmental threats and cyber attacks;
  • cloud based;
  • technology massively parallel processing of large data volumes;
  • management technologies;
  • mobile technology;
  • IdAM technologies that allow us to identify users and to control access;
  • cross-domain technology is used to ensure the exchange of information between all the networks that DISA operates, such as NIPRNET (for the exchange of unclassified information), SIPRNET (for the exchange of classified information), networks of other Federal agencies, and numerous networks of allies.

To search for and implementation of new ideas in the field of information technology, the Agency actively cooperates with the scientific and technical community and commercial entities. The purpose of this trend, DISA has created an online resource that allows various interested entities on a commercial basis to participate in projects of the Ministry of defense in the field of information technologies, using the technical possibilities of the military Department.

The use of this resource, for example, greatly expands the possibilities for the creation and implementation of software products by providing a full range of services necessary in the development process, while ensuring permanent cooperation between all stakeholders, including project managers, developers, software testers, operators and users.

In the future, the Agency plans to expand the use of the Internet resource, including through its integration with similar civil resources (in particular, with

Given the targets that the U.S. defense Department confronts DISA for the next 5 years, one of the most important tasks of their armed forces at this time is to maintain its leadership in the field of information technology.

For this purpose, the Agency must combine all the information system of the Ministry of defense, other Federal agencies and allies in a common information space. This Association will ensure a continuous exchange of classified and unclassified information at all levels, from any authorized device in any region.

Gregory Yurchenko


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