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Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall: Pentagon Needs Enterprise Cloud for JADC2

Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, chief information officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Department of Defense’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept requires an enterprise cloud to ensure accessibility and deliver the data processing capability to the tactical edge, C4ISRNET reported Thursday.

“Just because you’ve established the environment doesn’t mean you have the sharing agreements and doesn’t necessarily mean you have the security apparatus in place to ensure the data is safe,” Crall said Wednesday at the C4ISRNET Conference. “So we’ve got we’ve got a lot of homework to do outside of just the establishment of this, and the clouds got to be a cloud built for DoD.” 

He noted that DOD should consider specific enterprise cloud requirements in order to meet the unique requirements of JADC2.

“Not all clouds function the same. Can they handle disconnected operations? How do they function when their [connection is] reestablished? There are certain cloud designs that do not lend itself to our war fighter, so we have to be we are very particular about those requirements that go into it,” Crall added.

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