Dave Mihelcic, former DISA CTO and federal chief technology & strategy officer at Juniper Networks, discusses new legislation that aims to downsize the DoD support arm.
In a new bill, House Armed Services Committee Chair Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) proposes drastic cuts to the support arm of the Defense Department. These potential cuts to “the fourth estate” would eliminate the Defense Information Systems Agency, along with six “redundant” agencies, and fold their operations into U.S. Cyber Command. Thornberry also included language in the first markup of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to accomplish the same goal. Dave Mihelcic, former DISA CTO and Federal Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Juniper Networks, said this isn’t the first time this plan has been suggested. “CYBERCOM was stood up with some of the forces that DISA initially established. A little bit later, DISA stood up the Joint Forces headquarters DoDIN under Lt. Gen Ronny Hawkins to help CYBERCOM own and operate the DoD’s networks,” Mihelcic said. “Now, a few years down the road, it looks like some folks think it would be a better idea for CYBERCOM to simply absorb those responsibilities.”