[ISN] Rumors of DISA's demise dismissed

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Date: Thu Jan 09 2003 - 22:47:56 PST

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    By Dan Caterinicchia 
    Jan. 9, 2003
    Rumors have been swirling for months around the Pentagon and in the 
    private sector about a possible massive reorganization of the Defense 
    Information Systems Agency, but a top DISA official said the rumors 
    are untrue and that the agency is being given even more funding and 
    The war on terrorism and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's vision 
    for transformation - focused on joint operations and enhanced command, 
    control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and 
    reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities - has caused some DOD and industry 
    officials to question whether DISA is the right agency to handle 
    numerous tasks, including some of its core and "best-fit" (noncore) 
    DISA's five core missions are communications, command and control, 
    defensive information operations, combat support computing, and joint 
    interoperability support activities. One example of a best-fit mission 
    is supporting White House and presidential communications systems, 
    said Robert Hutten, director for strategic plans, programming and 
    policy at DISA. 
    DISA officials briefed DOD and service-level senior leaders on the 
    agency's core and best-fit missions last year, and there were no 
    proposals at that time to move functions to another agency, and there 
    have not been any since then at that level, Hutten said.
    "There are always studies and people that propose things, but there is 
    no active action right now that I know of that would cause that to 
    happen," he said.
    One persistent rumor dogging DISA is that it will lose its authority 
    over joint command and control programs to Joint Forces Command 
    (JFcom). Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Kellogg Jr., director of command, 
    control, communications and computer systems for the Joint Staff, has 
    repeatedly called for JFcom to be put in charge of joint C2 programs, 
    and late last year he said a decision was forthcoming to make that 
    Hutten said he had no doubt that JFcom's role in the joint C2 arena 
    would be enhanced, but mostly at the tactical, or battle management, 
    level as opposed to the strategic or operational level. He said that 
    JFcom's role would be more "oversight and requirements gathering and 
    generation," but that the acquisition programs would remain with the 
    individual services and agencies that have them today.
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