Weekly Roundup Nov 7 – Nov 13 2014

Weekly Roundup
Nov 7 – Nov 13 2014

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

A top technology official at the Pentagon said this week that a new cloud computing policy for the U.S. military could be released by the end of the month.

Terry Halvorsen, acting chief information officer at the Defense Department, also described the Defense Information Systems Agency’s role in cloud acquisitions, where DISA would evaluate DoD’s information technology systems for compliance with security and cloud policy as the military pushes to obtain commercial cloud tools.

Military agencies would purchase cloud technologies and related services through their own contract offices under the new policy, Halvorsen said.

“That’s simply because we can go faster. We’ve got to go faster, and that just means I’ve got to increase the number of people who can do the contracting.”

Costs of cloud and other new technologies will also factor into the new policy as the military plans to hone on mobile devices, data access and the Joint Information Environment.

                 

Government spending in the post-sequestration era will be the main point of discussion at the Potomac Officers Club’s next event — the “FY 15 Budget & Procurement” summit Nov. 19.

Leaders from the worlds of government, industry and academia will give the GovCon executive audience perspectives and insight how the sector should navigate this evolving budget environment.

For POC’s first event of next year — the POC’s ‘2015 Intel Summit‘ on Jan. 21. — National Intelligence Director James Clapper will deliver the keynote address and be joined by other leaders from the intelligence community in a half-day forum.

Click here to register and reserve your seat at these and more upcoming POC events.

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