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DISA Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins (Photo: David Stegon/FedScoop)

DISA Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins (Photo: David Stegon/FedScoop)

The Defense Information Systems Agency is taking a “build fast and build big” approach to mobility with a subscription-based mobile environment expected to be up and running by fiscal year 2014, DISA Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins said.

Speaking Friday at AFCEA DC’s Mobile Technologies Symposium at the Capital Hilton, Hawkins said the agency will take a spiraled approach to creating and getting users on the mobile environment over the coming year and a half with senior leaders already using secure mobile applications on devices in the first spiral of the project.

“We know that in order for this to work, we have to eat our own dog food, so to speak,” said Hawkins, during his opening keynote before more than 400 government and industry leaders in attendance. “We have slowly begun using mobile and will significantly increase our usage over the coming months.”

For unclassified environments, Hawkins laid out the following adoption schedule:

  • Spiral 2 (October 2012): 300 devices will be active. Each will be a STIG’d smart phone with pre-loaded apps, Department of Defense enterprise e-mail, carrier access with device validator with initial mobile device management capability.
  • Spiral 3 (March 2013): 1,500 devices will be active. Each will be a STIG’d smart phone, 10-12 apps on initial app store, DOD enterprise email and service enterprise, multiple carrier access with PKI enabled VPN with enterprise mobile device management.
  • Future Spirals (Fiscal year 2014 and beyond): 6,500+ devices will be active. SRGs for smart phones with certified apps on app storefront. Enterprise email with service unique e-mail, worldwide carrier access with PKI enabled VPN and objective enterprise mobile device management.

Hawkins said the agency is working on a security requirements guide that will soon be available. The agency also has a number of requests for information on the street regarding the building of this mobile environment that DISA strongly encourages industry to give feedback on. He said there will also be a number of RFIs coming out in the near future along the same lines.

“We don’t suggest that we have all the talent at DISA,” Hawkins said. “I know we have our share, but industry has it as well, and we need your input.”

What Hawkins said the agency is looking for specifically from industry is security solutions, enterprise based cost models, develop and enable secure mobile applications for service members both in the field and in their home.