by 2nd Lt. Meredith Hein
24th Air Force Public Affairs
4/7/2014 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The
Army Deputy Chief Information Officer Conference, a collaborative
effort among the Army, Air Force and the Defense Information Systems
Agency (DISA), wrapped up March 28 at Kelly Field Annex.
The conference, aimed at improving information technology efficiencies,
multi-service operability and effective support to Combatant Commanders,
lasted four days and brought together more than 140 participants from
across the Army, Air Force, Navy and DISA.
Fourteen senior leaders participated in the conference, including Lt.
Gen. Robert S. Farrell, Army Chief Information Officer; Mr. Michael
Krieger, Army Deputy Chief Information Officer; Lt. Gen. Edward C.
Cardon, commanding general, Army Cyber; and Mr. Mark Orndorff, Chief
Information Assurance Executive for DISA.
"One of the purposes of this conference is to bring the Air Force, Army,
and DISA partnership together in developing the Joint Regional Security
Stack [JRSS] and Multi-Protocol Label Switching [MPLS] for the Joint
Information Environment [JIE] under the single security architecture,"
said Lt. Col. Bernard Cruz, Chief of Cyber Innovation and Strategy and
JIE lead planner for 24th Air Force.
The conference is held quarterly at various locations to focus and
approve the details for the following three months of joint network
activities, but this is the first time 24th AF has hosted the event.
Unique to this iteration was the opportunity to discuss how the Air
Force conducts command and control for cyber operations. Maj. Gen. J.
Kevin McLaughlin, 24th Air Force commander, briefed the conference
attendees on the Air Force's role in the development and standing up of
the cyber mission force and cyber protection teams.
During this discussion, Army and Air Force counterparts were able to
discuss the different command and control constructs between the two
branches and explain how Department of Defense Information Network
operations interact with 24th AF.
"The Air Force is committed to assisting the Army to meet the desired
JRSS implementation schedule. The Air Force is equally committed to
maintaining its security posture throughout its own transition," said
Col. Eric Oliver, Director of Cyber Systems for 24th AF.
The conference participants were divided into four working groups with
objectives to be briefed at the conclusion of the conference. The
working groups involved: JRSS and MPLS, command and control roles and
responsibilities, enterprise service management systems and extending
enterprise identity and enterprise services.
"Getting the services together and moving the cyber architecture forward
is a historic event," said Cruz. "Having this collaboration is critical
to the future of cyber operations for the DoD."
The conference enabled inter-service cooperation for the cyber domain.
In addition, this was the first step for the Navy in participating in
"We're already collaborating in these areas," said Cruz. "These
partnerships will facilitate necessary innovation to move the cyber
operations mission forward for the future."