US Army’s new Cloud office set to become operational

23 January 2020 (Last Updated January 23rd, 2020 10:31)

The new Enterprise Cloud Management Office (ECMO) created by the US Army is set to become fully operational by March.

US Army’s new Cloud office set to become operational
Crawford speaks about the army’s ECMO that is expected to be fully operational by March. Credit: Sgt Torrance Saunders.

The new Enterprise Cloud Management Office (ECMO) created by the US Army is set to become fully operational by March.

The move comes as the army aims to modernise and safeguard its networks against great-power competitors.

US Army CIO/G-6 lieutenant general Bruce Crawford said that the ECMO was initially established in November last year and is currently focused on talent recruitment.

The new office will serve as a cohesive, dedicated Cloud migration resource for US Army data and application owners and will help manage Cloud hosting environments.

Crawford said: “The ECMO is designed to better army commands through a centralised office, and improve the ability to facilitate Cloud projects and oversee migration to the cloud network.”

“The Cloud and data migration is a monumental task. We can’t do it without harvesting our data, divesting any of the legacy applications, and moving the data that’s most important into a Cloud.”

Once the Cloud office becomes completely operational, it will deliver the army’s enterprise Cloud and facilitate the operationalisation of data.

When the new office was announced, Paul Puckett III was recruited as ECMO’s first director.

Puckett will convert information into a global strategic asset of the US Army by leading the unified vision and delivery of cloud services and resources.

The new office will use Puckett’s experience in IT and cybersecurity contract, as well as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning capability development.

By fiscal year 2023, the army expects to make nearly $1bn of investment to improve its Cloud efforts.

Last November, the army awarded the Human Resources Command Cloud Computing Environment (HRC2E) contract to Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) to move its enterprise applications to a Cloud computing environment.