In the U.S. Army’s modernization journey, the cloud is playing an increasingly important role. Army CIO Raj Iyer, a 2022 Wash100 Award winner, said that in the future fight, data will be the Army’s ammunition, and the cloud will serve as the next warfighting platform.
Although the Department of Defense’s Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability program has seen some delays in recent months, U.S. military branches are forging ahead with their own cloud capabilities.
The Army has been working with Amazon Web Services and the Enterprise Cloud Management Agency to create its first tactical cloud environment, the Dragon Cloud IL 6.
“The Dragon Cloud IL 6 environment will take advantage of commercial innovations and embedded managed features to improve the state of the network in terms of reliability, flexibility, and agility,” commented Liz Martin, DOD director at AWS.
Martin explained that Dragon Cloud will reduce the Army’s administrative workload and help the service to scale resources with more flexibility. Dragon Cloud is also being designed to be available worldwide, which would support users at the tactical edge and in distributed environments.
While the Army’s focus remains heavily on enterprise-wide cloud migration, the force is also looking at other important initiatives like boosting recruitment and improving space-based communications networks. Army Secretary Christine Wormuth recently signed a memorandum outlining the recruitment challenges the Army faces and what is being done to mitigate them.
“America’s military faces the most challenging recruiting environment since the All-Volunteer Force was established in 1973, driven in part by the post-COVID labor market, intense competition with the private sector, and a declining number of young Americans interested in uniformed service,” the memo warned.
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