USSOCOM Cloud Initiatives And Updates

Published: January 23, 2019

DEFENSEInformation Technology

The Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association – Tampa St. Petersburg Pelican Chapter (AFCEA Pelican Chapter) held a luncheon on January 16, 2018 at the Surf’s Edge Club on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. CW5 Robert Byrd, the Chief Engineer assigned to USSOCOM J6, highlighted the development and transition of the armed services to the private Department of Defense (DOD) cloud environment.

CW5 Robert Byrd noted that the idea of the private DOD cloud environment began in 2017 with developments coming to fruition approximately 18 months ago. The primary focus was for the cloud to have the following target focus areas / functionalities:

  • How it will work at the tactical user level
  • Resource pulling
  • Measured service
  • Application Access
  • Rapid elasticity
  • On demand cell service

Officer Byrd further stated that the government is highly invested in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and that they are not looking to replace HCI, but plans to expand upon HCI by modernizing applications to run functionally in the cloud environment.

The DOD Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) (Opp ID: 165724) was highlighted as the front source point of access to the cloud environment. When asked to further elaborate on what the government saw JEDI as, CW5 Byrd stated they view JEDI as a mechanism to get access to services. He further elaborated that JEDI is anticipated to be a cross domain solution with the potential to be a development environment. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is anticipated to be at the edge to provide a level of security, potentially with an ability for facial recognition. Officer Byrd confirmed the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud Acquisition was still in progress.

The AFCEA Pelican Chapter plans to hold the next luncheon on February 27, 2019.