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10 Things You Should Know About The DoD Cloud Strategy

The Department of Defense is embarking on an ambitious and expensive cloud transformation project to modernize IT resources across all departments and branches of the armed services. Here are 10 things you need to know about the DoD's cloud strategy.

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Return Of The JEDI

The Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative that's generated headlines for much of the last year is an important component of the military's cloud strategy, but not the entirety of it.

The Cloud Strategy document makes a distinction between the DoD's need for a "General Purpose" cloud, and ones that will be "Fit For Purpose".

But the General Purpose cloud, provided by the winner of the JEDI sweepstakes, will be the cloud of first-choice, with a "primary implementation bias" for all defense agencies.

"Only when mission needs cannot be supported by General Purpose will Fit For Purpose alternatives be explored," the document reads.

"Mission owners" that want to stray from the cloud provider selected through the JEDI initiative will have to submit an "Exception Brief" to the DoD's CIO explaining why they believe the capability they require cannot be met by the General Purpose cloud.

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