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GCN : September 2015
GCN SEPTEMBER 2015 • GCN.COM 19 “On the immediate horizon, what we are planning to do is implement a series of technology insertions cen- tered on global IT service ordering,” said Jessie Showers, director of DISA’s Infrastructure Directorate. The tech- nology insertions are “a series of cyber defense and operational improvements that we are going to do to enhance network configuration management.” In fiscal 2016, the GSM-O project team will automate circuit provision- ing to enhance network performance, create tools and dashboards to resolve network outages, and introduce software-defined networking, Showers said. In a broader strategic sense, DISA and prime contractor Lockheed Martin will keep the Global Information Grid in lock step with the overarching Joint Information Environment by imple- menting the Joint Regional Security Stacks, Showers said. That work is already underway. In addition, DISA plans to offer a few coalition partners the opportu- nity to have their networks supported under GSM-O. Beginning in fiscal 2016, “we will do it on a small scale, and then we will expand it to other coalition partners so they kind of have the same kind of operational support that we furnish to our customers in the DOD,” he said. GLOBAL STOREFRONT FOR SERVICES The initiatives signal that the GSM-O program has crossed a major thresh- old by completing the consolidation of disparate tasks under previous contracts. The program is now moving at full speed to enhance and optimize the Global Information Grid on many fronts. In addition to ensuring that the grid has the latest commercial technol- ogy, the GSM-O project team helps DISA guarantee that the grid is secure enough to defeat the millions of cyberattacks against it each day. That requires robust situational awareness to identify and defeat threats. In the past three years, DISA and contractor employees have consolidat- ed requirements from roughly 20 task orders covering more than 400 work elements under a previous time-and- materials contract and realigned them with the seven-year, performance- based GSM-O contract, Showers said. That massive transition took place while a number of high-profile mis- sions were continuing, including U.S . military operations in Iraq, Afghani- stan and other global hot spots. “We didn’t drop a single mission, and no circuit degradation occurred,” he said. The first year of the contract (fis- cal 2013) was devoted primarily to contract consolidation to streamline processes and improve program efficiency, said Chris Kearns, vice president of enterprise IT solutions at LOCKHEEDMARTIN The Defense Department ’s Joint Information Environment depends on the connectivity provided by the Global Information Grid. 0915gcn_018-020.indd 19 9/3/15 2:06 PM