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10 Things You Should Know About The DoD Cloud Strategy

Joseph Tsidulko

The Warfighter's Cloud

The United States military is embarking on an ambitious and expensive cloud transformation project to modernize IT resources across all the Pentagon's departments and branches of the armed services.

One component, the JEDI initiative, has created a firestorm of controversy in Silicon Valley, including criticism from an industry trade group, protests to the GAO, and a lawsuit by Oracle against the federal government.

But the DoD's Cloud Strategy is much broader than JEDI. The Pentagon presented to Congress this week an unclassified document making the case for why it needs the help of enterprise cloud providers to empower troops in the field and military intelligence professionals.

"The DoD Cloud Strategy reasserts our commitment to cloud and the need to view cloud initiatives from an enterprise perspective for more effective adoption," a foreword to the document, written by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, reads.

"The Department of Defense (DoD) has entered the modern age of warfighting where the battlefield exists as much in the digital world as it does in the physical," Shanahan says.

"Cloud is a fundamental component of the global infrastructure that will empower the warfighter with data and is critical to maintaining our military' s technological advantage."

Here are 10 things you should know about the DoD’s cloud strategy.

 
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