Cloud Computing

A May 15, 2015 DON CIO memo, "Acquisition and Use of Commercial Cloud Computing Services," issued new guidance for leveraging commercial cloud services in the DON. This memo includes as an enclosure a DON abbreviated business case analysis (BCA) template that may be used when seeking cloud service solutions. Any desired use of cloud service offerings must first be analyzed using either the DON Enterprise IT Abbreviated BCA template or the DoD Enterprise IT BCA template. Within each BCA, DISA-provided cloud services must be included as one of the alternatives considered.

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Department of the Navy Cloud Policy

ASN RD&A and DON CIO Memo - December 7, 2020

This joint memorandum provides updated policy for the accelerated promotion, acquisition, and consumption of cloud services in the Department of the Navy in direct support of the DON Information Superiority Vision.

Establishment of Single Service Microsoft 365 Cloud Tenancy

DON CIO Memo - August 31, 2020

The DON shall establish single service Microsoft 365 cloud tenancy; one tenant for the Navy and Secretariat, and one tenant for the Marine Corps. Moving to single tenancy is the most expeditious way to ensure users are accounted for and migrated to the cloud-based office suite of services offered by Microsoft 365. Single tenancy reduces cost and complexity, enables effective command and control, and increases the ...

DON Information Superiority Vision

DON Vision Document - February 14, 2020

The Department of the Navy Information Superiority Vision conveys the DON's vision for information superiority through our information, modernized network design, and our workforce; and defines our way forward.

Memo for FedRAMP Approved Cloud Service Providers

DISA Memo - August 15, 2019

A FedRAMP authorized Cloud Service Offering (CSO) that has: (1) demonstrated compliance with the FedRAMP Moderate Baseline, and (2) has been granted a FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) or Agency authorization (based on an assessment and ATO issued by a government agency where the CSP was assessed by a FedRAMP accredited/approved 3PAO) is hereby designated as a DoD Impact Level 2 (IL2) CSO via reciprocity (unless ...

DoD Secure Cloud Computing Architecture Functional Requirements V2.9

Developed by DISA for the DoD - January 31, 2017

As the Department of Defense strives to meet the objectives of the DoD CIO to maximize the use of commercial cloud computing, the Defense Information System Network (DISN) perimeter and DoD Information Network (DoDIN) systems must continue to be protected against cyber threats. DISA is responsible for developing the DISN protection requirements and guidance to secure the connection point to the Cloud Service Provider ...

Updated Guidance on the Acquisition and Use of Commercial Cloud Computing Services

DoD CIO Memo - December 15, 2014

This memo clarifies and updates DoD guidance when acquiring commercial cloud services. In the context of this memo, commercial cloud services also refer to cloud services provided by non-DoD federal government organizations.

Use of Enterprise Information Technology Standard Business Case Analysis

DoD CIO Memo - October 23, 2014

This memo establishes the Enterprise Information Technology Business Case Analysis Template to provide a standardized approach and criteria for analyzing IT investments. The template is based on business cases used in the DoD and industry. DON CIO is currently drafting policy on implementing the below DoD CIO memo.


DON CIO Aaron Weis Discusses "Digital Transformation Through Strategic Innovation"

May 6, 2021

The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer Aaron Weis outlined the DON's strategy to "Modernize, Innovate and Defend" the Department's networks in remarks for the April 22, 2021 virtual FedScoop Public Sector Summit.

Navigating Flank Speed

by Aaron Weis - April 28, 2021

As you peruse the latest developments around DON IT, I want to draw your attention to two major developments – the sunset of CVR on June 15 and subsequent transition to Microsoft 365, and invite you to the upcoming DON IT Conference, May 24-26.

Join DON CIO Aaron Weis for a Digital Transformation Discussion

April 16, 2021

Mark your calendar for April 22, when DON CIO Aaron Weis, and top leaders and decision-makers from DISA, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Space Force, and others from the public-sector IT community discuss IT innovation in areas such as Edge, AI, 5G, and more. Leaders will also discuss the importance of private-public partnerships in this 2021 HPE Public Sector Summit.

The Success and Enduring Value of the Information Superiority Vision

by Aaron Weis - February 5, 2021

It was one year ago that we published the Department of the Navy's Information Superiority Vision (ISV) which detailed the challenges that we, as a Navy and Marine Corps, faced and the vision that was required to achieve Information Superiority. In the past year I have enjoyed taking every opportunity I can to promote the ISV and share with you its objectives.

Updated DON Cloud Policy Memo Released

December 9, 2020

The Department of the Navy Cloud Policy memo of December 07, 2020, co-signed by ASN RD&A and DON CIO, provides updated policy for the accelerated promotion, acquisition, and consumption of cloud services in the DON. The DON's Cloud Policy directly supports the DON Information Superiority Vision of February 14, 2020, and the Department of Defense CIO's "Interim Guidance for Implementation of Department of Defense Cloud ...

Aaron Weis Receives Wash100 Award for Driving IT, Cyber, Cloud Readiness

October 9, 2020

Aaron Weis, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, was presented a Wash100 Award on Wednesday for leading the guiding principles of the service branch to drive DON's information technology and cyber readiness goals.

Save the Date: DON IT Conference, East Coast 2020, Rescheduled for Nov. 4-6

April 27, 2020

The DON IT Conference, East Coast 2020 has been rescheduled for Nov. 4-6, 2020, at the Hilton Norfolk The Main in Norfolk, VA. Additional details and registration will be available in the upcoming weeks.

DON IT Conference Presentations Available

March 9, 2020

Presentations given during the DON IT conference sessions held in San Diego, CA, March 2-3, are available by request to government civilian, military personnel, and DoD support contractors. Please submit your request by using the "Contact Us" link located in the DON CIO Information section

DON CIO Discusses New Information Superiority Vision

by Aaron Weis - February 19, 2020

The Department of the Navy is at a critical time in its history. As a Department, we lack mastery of our Information Environment and depend on outdated processes and antiquated network structures that fail to deliver a modern user experience. The Cybersecurity Readiness Review highlighted the need for strong cybersecurity and the risks to the Department if we do not forge a path that organizes around information as a ...

DON CIO Releases Information Superiority Vision

February 19, 2020

DON CIO has released the DON Information Superiority Vision which conveys the DON's vision for information superiority through our information, modernized network design, and our workforce; and defines our way forward.

DISA Memo on FedRAMP Approved Cloud Service Providers Released

August 19, 2019

The Defense Information Systems Agency signed a memo on Aug. 15, 2019 authorizing components to host publicly releasable unclassified Department of Defense information on FedRAMP approved cloud services. This applies to Cloud Service Offerings that have been authorized at the Moderate baseline and are listed in the FedRAMP Marketplace.

Enabling Productivity to Deliver Lethality

August 6, 2019

This quarter's column expresses the views of Ruth A. Youngs Lew, Program Executive Officer for PEO EIS. Develop and maintain an engaged and capable workforce; Deliver an enhanced and positive customer experience; Enhance data-driven decision-making; Increase agility and drive affordability. Those four goals are the basis of the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems' (PEO EIS) recently ...

DON IT Conference, East Coast 2019 Descriptive Schedule Available

June 3, 2019

The conference schedule is now available for the DON IT Conference, East Coast 2019. It has been approved for June 3-5, 2019, and will be held at the at the Hilton Norfolk The Main in Norfolk, VA. No conference fee will be assessed, but registration is required. Walk-in registration will be available for three categories of attendees: 1) Non-TDY DON civilian and military attendees; 2) local and TDY government ...

DON IT Conference Walk-in Registration

January 23, 2019

Walk-in registration onsite at the West Coast DON IT Conference scheduled for Feb. 13-15 at the San Diego Convention Center will be available for three categories of attendees: 1) Non-TAD DON civilian and military attendees; 2) local and TAD government support contractors who provide a CAC or contact information of government sponsor; and 3) local and TAD non-DON government attendees. The schedule, session ...

Cybersecurity in the Cloud

by RDML Danelle Barrett, USN, Navy Cyber Security Division Director, Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6G) - October 17, 2018

The Navy is committed to being “all in” on transforming operations and business processes to leverage cloud technologies across the information warfighting platform through to the tactical edge. The operational advantages to warfighting with cloud technologies vice legacy client/server models are far reaching and include the ability to use micro-web services across the enterprise, as articulated in the Compile to Combat ...

DON CIO Remains Focused on DON IM/IT policy and Governance Oversight

by Capt. Damen Hofheinz - July 13, 2018

It is my pleasure to be selected to serve as Director, Office of the CIO (OCIO). The DON CIO recently consolidated and reorganized. Certain functions not statutorily required to be done by the CIO were delegated to the Navy and Marine Corps. This is resulting in streamlined processes, workflow efficiency, and a leaner CIO organization. Mr. Thomas Modly, Under Secretary of the Navy, is also both the Chief Management ...

Congratulations to the DON's DoD CIO Award Winners

December 1, 2017

Congratulations to the individuals and teams from the Department of the Navy who were honored by DoD CIO for IT and cyber excellence at a November 30 ceremony at the Pentagon.

CNIC N9 GovCloud Project Selected as 2017 GCN dig IT Award Finalist

October 17, 2017

Congratulations to the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Fleet and Family Readiness (N9) program for its selection as a finalist in the 2017 GCN dig IT awards. The CNIC N9 GovCloud project was chosen from nearly 200 nominees across all levels of government. GCN's dig IT Awards celebrate discovery and innovation in government IT.

DoD Industry Information Day

June 5, 2017

DoD is hosting an "Industry Information Day" on Friday, June 23, to present a briefing, and receive and address industry feedback on the implementation of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Case 2013-D018, "Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services." Registration to attend this meeting must be received by Monday, June 12.

DON CIO Issues Updated Guidance for Acquiring Commercial Cloud Services in the DON

May 17, 2016

In a May 17, 2016 memo, the DON CIO issued updated guidance for acquiring commercial cloud services in the DON. The updated memo amends May 15, 2015 guidance titled, "Acquisition and Use of Commercial Cloud Computing Services." This memo delegates final approval authority for Navy and Marine Corps commercial cloud services business case analyses (BCAs) to the DON Deputy CIO (Navy) and DON Deputy CIO (Marine Corps). DON ...

Updated Guidance on Use of Commercial Cloud Computing Services Released

January 5, 2015

A Department of Defense Chief Information Officer memo published Dec. 15, 2014, significantly changed DoD CIO guidance on the acquisition and use of commercial cloud computing services. Per the memo, Components may now acquire cloud services directly, without going through DISA, if a business case analysis demonstrates that doing so results in better value. The Components remain responsible for determining what data and ...

Building on DON Success; Meeting New Challenges

by Barbara Hoffman - June 9, 2014

It has been a privilege to serve in leadership positions for the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, including as Director of both the E-business and Investment Management teams, Principal Deputy for two very talented DON CIOs, and now as the DON CIO (Acting). Our business IT environment has evolved dramatically over this timeframe, in technology advances as well as in operational and fiscal challenges.

SECNAV Portal Using Commercial Cloud Services Operational

September 9, 2013

The first Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) portal hosted in a commercial cloud environment is now operational. This portal is the result of a pilot program between the Department of the Navy Assistant for Administration (DON/AA), the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Systems Center Atlantic team and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Submit BCA to Initiate Enterprise Mobility or Cloud Service Pilots

August 1, 2013

On July 31, 2013, the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer released the memo, "Enterprise Mobility and Cloud Service Pilot Project Governance," which states that any organization planning to initiate a new Enterprise Mobility (EM) or Cloud Service pilot must submit an enterprise information technology standard business case analysis (BCA), or an abbreviated BCA, justifying the initiative to the appropriate ...

What is Cloud Computing?

April 8, 2013

You’ve heard the term and seen the ads on TV, but what does "cloud computing" mean, and why is the Department of the Navy talking about it?

Enabling Business Transformation "On the Go"

by Dan DelGrosso and Mike Hernon - April 20, 2012

Increasing the ability to conduct business on the go, away from a traditional office or desktop environment, can be a key enabler of the Department of the Navy's business transformation process. Arming DON personnel with access to the department's knowledge base regardless of their location will improve effectiveness in any new or improved business process.

Negotiating Contracts for Cloud-Based Software

by Gretchen Kwashnik - January 17, 2012

The federal government's "cloud first" policy, as part of the Federal Chief Information Officer's "25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management," requires federal agencies to consider cloud computing before making new IT investments and to move at least three applications to the cloud by May 2012.

Department of the Navy in Good Company in IT Efficiencies Way Ahead

by Jessica Pelenberg - November 18, 2011

As the quest for cost saving efficiencies rages on, three government officials spoke about the challenges their organizations are facing and their plans to tackle them at the Fifth Annual C5ISR Government and Industry Partnership Conference held Nov. 16, in Charleston, S.C.

Security for Cloud Computing

by Christopher Perry - May 18, 2010

Achieving and maintaining information dominance will require continuous and timely advances in both technology and operational processes. Cloud computing is one such rapidly emerging area of technology and operations that the Department of the Navy is already planning for and beginning to pilot. To achieve information dominance, it is vital that all new technologies and processes, such as cloud computing, be thoroughly ...

Has the Use of E-Mail Peaked?

by Brian Burns - November 29, 2009

Historically, each generation expands the use of the communication inventions from the previous generation. Communication has evolved from cave drawings and carvings, to smoke signals and music (such as drumbeats, chants and yodeling); to written inscriptions; to letters distributed by foot, horseback, ships and railroad. Morse code revolutionized communication through the telegraph and line-of-sight light flashes.


Identity, Credential, and Access Management Frequently Asked Questions

March 11, 2021

Please see below for a list of Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) frequently asked questions.

Featured Articles: Jan - Mar 2021

February 9, 2021

Operation CATTLE DRIVE — Blazing a Trail to the IT Infrastructure the Department of the Navy Needs Office of the Chief Digital and Innovation Officer DON CIO High Priority FY21 Initiatives Drive Competitive Advantage DON CIO, and DON Chief Technology Officer, Chief Data Officer, Chief Digital Innov

Featured Articles: July - Sept 2020

July 1, 2020

Creating a Cyber Secure Home Andrej Stare DoD CIO Launches Cyber Workforce Framework Interactive Tool CHIPS Magazine The 2020 United States Census – Is my Personal Information Safe? Steve Daughety and Suzette Tho

Fast Facts

August 23, 2017

The Fast Fact series provides pithy facts and news briefs about Department of the Navy IT initiatives, business transformation efforts and success stories.

DON Cloud Update, DON IT Conference 2016

July 7, 2016

This presentation, given at the DON IT Conference held April 20-21, 2016, provides information on cloud transition, lessons learned, and where the DON is headed with enterprise cloud computing. It also includes a discussion on topics including: the Intake/ITPR/Business Case Analysis (BCA) approval process; DCAO: “Navy Cloud Store Is This Much Open;” plus the additional topics of governance, What is MilCloud+, and a ...

Cloud Security Information Impact Level Matrix

May 21, 2015

The DON Cloud Security Information Impact Level Matrix is intended to assist Mission Owners/Program Managers in determining security information impact levels as they apply to appropriate hosting environments.