Home' Defense Systems : April and May 2013 Contents to the tactical soldier is that they can
reach their data no matter where they
are, as a result of us being able to
put the data in the cloud. And so the
enterprise, to us, is not just e-mail.
Although we started with e-mail as
our foundational piece, it s more about
providing capabilities at the enterprise/
cloud level, which makes the deployed
soldier, sailor, airman, marine, coast-
guardsman and civilian contractor able
to reach out and get their information
and their applications as soon as they
need them and bring them down to
whatever device they are using.
DS: DISA is presently in source se-
lection to acquire a mobile device
management (MDM) capability,
which should address some of
the recent problems with the use
of mobile devices in the military,
such as the inability to track devic-
es or erase data from lost devices,
as highlighted in a recent report
from the DOD Inspector General.
What are you thoughts on MDM?
Hawkins: Mobile device manage-
ment is key to everything that we are
working on in our mobile strategy.
And so it s important for us to get the
right capability out there and the right
architecture implemented. I have the
outmost con dence that John Hickey
(project manager for DOD mobility at
DISA) and Dr. Jennifer Carter (DISA
component acquisition manager) are
bringing that along.
Within DISA proper, a year ago we
wouldn t even allow a mobile device in
the building, and now we are getting
ready to hand o secure mobile devic-
es to the senior leaders of the Defense
Department. So we have come a long
way, and within the next four to six
months we will bring about the secure
mobile capability, as well as the unclas-
si ed capability. It all hinges around
mobile device management.
DS: Is MDM all about security---the
ability to wipe data from a lost
phone, for example?
Hawkins: MDM is about being able
to manage device: where it is at, what
is on it, how it s being used. We believe
that is paramount to our architecture.
DS: Do you envision a bring-your-
own-device environment in which
service members use their own
personal phones for work?
Hawkins: Right now it is a work
device that we are talking about.
Bring your own device is obviously
something that we are also looking
at. Our chief technology o cer, Dave
Mihelcic, is working at that feverishly
because we understand the require-
ments and the desires of our populace,
so we are looking at that. However,
that is not a part of the current DOD
mobility strategy---to implement bring
your our device on the network.
DS:The next question is about
mobility and big data. With mobile
devices, every soldier can truly be-
come a sensor, meaning that there
will be a mountain of data to sift
through. So what is the connec-
tion between big data analytics
and the mobility plan for the DOD?
Hawkins: e connection is in the
information. When I use [the term] "big
data" I am speaking more from the per-
spective of the analytics and the heuris-
tics that come as a result of the data that
you are processing, such as what you see
within the commercial side right now.
I was down at the Montgomery
DECC (Defense Enterprise Comput-
ing Center), and while I was travelling
down there I used my credit card in
a Wal-Mart. I hadn t gotten to my car
before the credit card company was call-
ing me asking why was I using my card
in Alabama when my home was here in
at s what we are talking about with
big data analytics, where we can analyze
data at the speed that the information
is moving and then determine what
the capabilities are and what the utility
is for the war ghter. It s about our ISR
assets and how they process informa-
tion. And it s about making sure that we
don t have data "falling on the oor," as
I call it. at s what we are talking about
with big data. DISA has the capability to
store a tremendous amount of data now.
Analysis of that data is what we are step-
ping into, so far as being able to reach in
and get the kind of information that is
important to us.
DS:You mentioned data storage.
DISA recently awarded a contract
to a company to provide a huge
amount of data storage. Is storage
going to be an issue for DISA go-
Hawkins: e manner in which you
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