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DISA’s Dave Mihelcic: US Military Needs Multilevel Cloud Approach

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Dave-MihelcicDave Mihelcic, chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency, believes that a multilevel approach to cloud computing is a requirement for the U.S. military’s missions, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

Mihelcic told Breaking Defense’s Sydney Freedberg Jr. that the Defense Department wants to buy technologies to virtualize its high-level security workloads from other data in government cloud platforms.

“Always moving an enormous amount of data back to your main cloud nodes in the continental United States really isn’t feasible, so you are going to have a distributed cloud and you’re going to move the answers between various locations,” Mihelcic told Breaking Defense.

He said the department requires a dedicated private cloud for military data under five new programs initiated by Pentagon CIO Terry Halvorsen, according to the report.

“The DOD is going to have a requirement for private cloud solutions, certainly at the classified level and potentially at the highest level of sensitive [but] unclassified at well,” Mihelcic told Freedberg.

“Nuclear command and control is a great example of that,” Mihelcic said.

He added that DISA is upgrading its “nuclear command and control to use modern technologies,” the report says.

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