DOD’s largest IT restructuring reaches milestone


WASHINGTON, August 7, 2013 — On July 31, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Information Environment (JIE) successfully achieved initial operational capability (IOC) by reaching Increment 1.

According to a release by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the completion of Increment 1 represents a major achievement as the “JIE is the largest restructuring of information (IT) management in the history of the DoD.” Ultimately, the purpose of the initiative is to create a secure, joint environment enabling sharing of IT infrastructure and enterprise services within a single security architecture framework.

Air Force Lt Gen Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., DISA director, explained, “This IOC represents a fundamental strategic shift in how the DoD will operate and defend the DoD Information Network for years to come.”

Further developments are intended to drive the DoD to improve effectiveness, achieve IT efficiencies, and enhance security as well as realize full-spectrum superiority.

As the DISA announcement explains, “The EOC will eventually provide combatant commanders a robust and reliable situational awareness of DoDIN [DoD Information Network] global operations and defensive cyber operations from a single site for their assigned areas of responsibility.” Adding, “This will increase security, operational flexibility, and responsiveness.

Members of DISA Europe Field Command officially commemorated the initial operational capability milestone during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany at the first regional Enterprise Operations Center last week.

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Timothy W. Coleman
Timothy W. Coleman is a writer, analyst, and a technophile. He co-founded two security technology startup firms, one of which was selected as Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Most Brilliant Companies.” Tim started off on Capitol Hill, worked on a successful U.S. Senate campaign, and subsequently joined a full-service, technology marketing communications firm. Previously, he was an intelligence analyst for a DC-based service providing global intelligence and forecasting from former CIA, U.S. intelligence and national security officers. Currently, he is the Editor-at-Large for Homeland Security Today. Tim completed his B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. in Finance from Barry University, a Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Center, and a Master’s of Public and International Affairs with a major in Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Tim volunteers and serves as a member of the board of directors at the Lint Center for National Security Studies. Read more about Tim here and follow him on Twitter @timothywcoleman.