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GCN SEPTEMBER 2015 • GCN.COM 11 The Army is adapting its ArmyFit personal health, resilience and perfor- mance platform for smartphones and mobile fitness devices. ArmyFit will store, track and inte- grate data from those devices, and provide real-time feedback on users’ health-related activities, including how far they run or walk, what they eat and even how well they sleep. ArmyFit works with Fitbit and Jawbone, and will soon have the abil- ity to sync with Garmin and Withings devices. “Tracking all of those behaviors in- creases awareness, increases mindful- ness and also can prompt behavioral change, such as being more aware of what you’re eating and how much you’re working out,” said Capt. Kristin Saboe, an Army research psychologist. “That alone can lead to change and increase resilience.” ArmyFit also added an “Ask the Experts” feature in which profession- als confidentially respond to ques- tions on a wide range of topics, such as physical fitness, sports medicine, nutrition, relationships, and mental and emotional health. In addition to ArmyFit, the Army’s Global Assessment Tool has also been made mobile-ready. The annual requirement for non- deployed soldiers helps evaluate fitness and is a prerequisite for accessing ArmyFit content. Soldiers reach the services by using an Army Knowledge Online username and password; a Common Access Card is not needed. “Soldiers have a personal respon- sibility to manage and maintain their overall health and resilience,” Saboe said. “ArmyFit is a platform to help soldiers do that.” • Army health platform embraces fitness-tracking BY MARK POMERLEAU retro tech In government IT and everywhere else, it’s been a decades-long march toward smaller, faster and more powerful. Although this Marine’s mission during a 1988 Ocean Venture exercise would be familiar to his 2015 peers, the smartphones in their pockets would have more computing power than the machine he’s using. The Defense Information Systems Agency recently released a Best Prac- tices Guide for Department of Defense Cloud Mission Owners for those plan- ning to migrate existing systems from physical environments to the cloud. The guide is not meant to make policy or vendor recommendations, and although it is not official DOD policy, it offers advice intended to help Pentagon components avoid mishaps as they adopt cloud-based services. It provides knowledge gained from DOD cloud pilots — specifically, DISA’s Information Assurance Support Envi- ronment and the Army’s DOD Environ- ment, Safety and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange. The guide includes information on IP standards, domain name serv- ers, storage capacity, assessment and authorization. It follows the release of three other documents in July regard- ing security requirements for cloud computing. The best practices guide includes advice to mission owners not to worry about selecting the wrong type of cloud service for infrastructure as a service because providers offer several choices, and changing is easy. The document also states that “esti- mating bandwidth usage-based billing can be difficult,” and it recommends that officials multiply their initial esti- mates by four. Bandwidth is metered so overestimates are not an issue, but DISA’s guide recommends that own- ers review their bandwidth use on a quarterly basis. Read the full report at is.gd/GCN_ cloud. • DISA’s best practices for cloud migration BY MARK POMERLEAU NAVALIMAGINGCOMMANDSHUTTERSTOCK 0915gcn_006-011.indd 11 9/3/15 9:01 AM