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Pentagon Pushes for Speed in Cloud Strategy

February 04, 2019 / Frank Konkel

Amid two high-profile, multibillion cloud procurements, the Defense Department released its cloud strategy Monday, laying a path forward for how the military branches and Pentagon components will adopt cloud technology.Key aspects of the strategy are the Pentagon’s desire for both speed in adopting cloud and support from multiple cloud providers. The strategy also takes a “warfighter first” approach—cloud solutions must be built “in a manner that never puts the warfighter at risk”—and emphasizes lethality. The department will embrace a few types of clouds: general purpose clouds, fit-for-purpose clouds and internal clouds. The department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program, for example, will serve as a general cloud available for large-scale computing. MilCloud 2.0 is considered a fit-for-purpose cloud, though the strategy states such clouds will need authorization and to operate with the department’s general purpose c...