4 things mission and industry partners need to know about DISA
DISA Executive Deputy Director Tony Montemarano continued
his annual tradition of presenting a DISA familiarization workshop proceeding the
official opening of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics
Association's Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium on June 13.
"The purpose of this session, DISA 103, is to help you
understand the agency," said Montemarano. "What is absolutely critical to us,
as an agency, is that you know what we are doing and who is doing what."
and JFHQ-DODIN have a common leader, different responsibilities
DISA and the Joint Force Headquarters – DOD Information
Networks (JFHQ-DODIN) have a common leader, Army LTG Alan R. Lynn.
As DISA's director, Lynn reports to the
DOD chief information officer, Dr. John Zangardi.
As the commander of JFHQ-DODIN, he
reports to Navy ADM Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director
of the National Security Agency (NSA), and chief of the Central Security Service.
"DISA is responsible for deploying, building, operating,
and defending the DISA global infrastructure," explained Montemarano, "while JFHQ-DODIN
is responsible for commanding and controlling the larger DODIN."
changes on the horizon
Montemarano highlighted three leadership
changes that will be in effect by the end of the fiscal year:
RADM Nancy A. Norton will be assigned as the next vice director of DISA,
replacing Air Force Maj Gen Sarah E. Zabel.
Force Maj Gen Robert J. Skinner will be departing JFHQ-DODIN at the end of
June. The next deputy commander of the JFHQ-DODIN will be Navy RDML Kathleen M.
Army COL Joel Lindeman, currently commander of the DISA
Command Center, will assume the role of DISA Chief of Staff, replacing Army COL
Mark Rosenstein, whose retirement ceremony took place June 9.
changes to the DISA organizational structure
In 2015, DISA went through a
reorganization dividing the agency into five categories: the command staff, the
5th Estate (consisting of principle and special staff), the Development
and Business Center, the Resources Management Center, and the Operations Center.
"The [DISA] structure has basically been
stable for a year and a half, which might be a record," joked Montemarano when outlining
the responsibilities of each category.
He pointed out a few updates to the
Command Cyber Readiness Inspections for the DODIN are changing to Command Cyber Operational Readiness Inspections – focusing on a threat-based,
risk-based assessment versus a compliance-based assessment. The CCORI effort is
led by Jimaye Sones, director of the DODIN Readiness and Security Inspections
Directorate, part of the 5th Estate.
Hakun, an NSA executive, has been appointed as the director of the National
Background Investigation System (NBIS), part of the 5th estate.
in October, DISA will assume a formal role in providing desktop support for the
Pentagon, a role known as "Joint Service Provider." Air Force Brig Gen Brian T.
Dravis will lead the effort.
Hickey is now the cyber development executive within the Development and Business
Center and is responsible for the DISA cyber portfolio, which consists of
mobility, cybersecurity, public key infrastructure/enablement, Joint Regional
Security Stacks, NetOps, and software defined networking.
way DISA manages the former Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECCs) has
changed. The agency now operates under the "Computing Ecosystem" model.
DISA has three initiatives – cloud, cyber defense, and
mobility – that affect almost all of its projects and are continuously
"Cyber defense is a major factor. Everything we do, is
being influenced by cyber defense and then we are really hitting hard on
mobility," stated Montemarano. "Every development activity has to show a mobile
side to it."
Assured identity and software defined everything are also
major focus areas, as
noted in DISA Director Army LTG Alan Lynn's keynote remarks at the event.
"We have to get out of the box mentality we have been in
over the years and get into a broader and more flexible environment," said Montemarano