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Halvorsen: DOD not that slow on cloud

Terry Halvorsen

Acting Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen is pushing back on what he said was a misconception that the Pentagon is far behind the private sector in adopting cloud computing.

"While we're behind by some measures, if you go to any of the Fortune 50 right now and ask them where they are with their cloud … you get some very surprising answers," Halvorsen told a Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group event in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 12. "So we're behind some and I want to go faster, but I do think it's worthy to note that I don't think we're that far behind the commercial [sector], and I don’t think we're doing things that differently."

Halvorsen said that like DOD, a lot of big corporations have cloud requirements that go beyond baseline security. The Pentagon, he added, is akin to "four federated giant corporations" -- the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps -- trying to procure their own cloud services.

The Pentagon's top IT official said his office is planning another cloud industry day for late March or early April.

About the Author

Sean Lyngaas is an FCW staff writer covering defense, cybersecurity and intelligence issues. Prior to joining FCW, he was a reporter and editor at Smart Grid Today, where he covered everything from cyber vulnerabilities in the U.S. electric grid to the national energy policies of Britain and Mexico. His reporting on a range of global issues has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The Economist, The Washington Diplomat and The Washington Post.

Lyngaas is an active member of the National Press Club, where he served as chairman of the Young Members Committee. He earned his M.A. in international affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and his B.A. in public policy from Duke University.

Click here for previous articles by Lyngaas, or connect with him on Twitter: @snlyngaas.


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