The Pentagon is refining the Defense Information Systems Agency’s role as the Defense Department’s cloud broker, while outlining how DOD agencies can acquire commercial cloud services. But DISA will continue to play a central role in DOD’s move to the cloud, evaluating and approving the security of commercial services and offering the department’s private milCloud.
A recent draft memo from DOD Acting CIO Terry Halvorsen cancelled the 2012 memo that established DISA as the department’s cloud broker. But even after declaring that 2012 memo (and an updated guidance from December 2013) cancelled, Halvorsen refers to DISA as “the Broker” in clarifying its role. Although the original memo allowed for commercial, internal and other federal services, the new policy indicates a greater openness to commercial providers.