DISA wants new information-sharing technology
- By Doug Beizer
- Apr 08, 2009
The Defense Information Systems Agency is seeking research
proposals on technologies that can improve command and control and
information sharing, according to an announcement
on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.
One area DISA is interested in is Web 2.0 technologies, according to
the announcement first posted in January and revised on April 3.
The agency is seeking proposals for research into social-networking
techniques and Web-oriented architectures. Technology that lets users
designate what content they want, also known as a mashup, is another
goal of the project, the announcement states.
“This project leverages the Web-oriented architecture and provides
the warfighter, from analyst to decision-maker, with the ability to
‘mash up’ these services and content in a rapidly comprehensible manner
that enables social networking and global awareness,” the announcement
states. Officials also want network infrastructure improvements to
address the intelligence community’s need for larger bandwidth and
The new capabilities must provide the mission-support services
necessary to achieve interoperability and integration goals for working
with coalition forces, especially for counterterrorism, and they must
enhance homeland defense and security.
DISA’s Advanced Concepts Office issued the announcement for the
project, called Rapid Architecture and Web Support. The agency expects
to issue multiple awards and plans to pilot the research efforts
through the Broad Agency Announcement process.
Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.