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From: InfoSec News (isn_at_c4i.org)
Date: Fri Jan 10 2003 - 00:47:56 CST
By Dan Caterinicchia
Jan. 9, 2003
Rumors have been swirling for months around the Pentagon and in the
private sector about a possible massive reorganization of the Defense
Information Systems Agency, but a top DISA official said the rumors
are untrue and that the agency is being given even more funding and
The war on terrorism and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's vision
for transformation - focused on joint operations and enhanced command,
control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities - has caused some DOD and industry
officials to question whether DISA is the right agency to handle
numerous tasks, including some of its core and "best-fit" (noncore)
DISA's five core missions are communications, command and control,
defensive information operations, combat support computing, and joint
interoperability support activities. One example of a best-fit mission
is supporting White House and presidential communications systems,
said Robert Hutten, director for strategic plans, programming and
policy at DISA.
DISA officials briefed DOD and service-level senior leaders on the
agency's core and best-fit missions last year, and there were no
proposals at that time to move functions to another agency, and there
have not been any since then at that level, Hutten said.
"There are always studies and people that propose things, but there is
no active action right now that I know of that would cause that to
happen," he said.
One persistent rumor dogging DISA is that it will lose its authority
over joint command and control programs to Joint Forces Command
(JFcom). Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Kellogg Jr., director of command,
control, communications and computer systems for the Joint Staff, has
repeatedly called for JFcom to be put in charge of joint C2 programs,
and late last year he said a decision was forthcoming to make that
Hutten said he had no doubt that JFcom's role in the joint C2 arena
would be enhanced, but mostly at the tactical, or battle management,
level as opposed to the strategic or operational level. He said that
JFcom's role would be more "oversight and requirements gathering and
generation," but that the acquisition programs would remain with the
individual services and agencies that have them today.
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