Despite having a large part in the invention of the internet, the U.S. Military has fallen behind in terms of leveraging the technology's latest incarnation – cloud computing.
According to a recent MSNBC report authored by Innovation News Daily contributor Stuart Fox, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the advanced research division of the Department of Defense, recently solicited information from the private sector. Specifically, DARPA is looking for help in implementing the cloud.
"In the civilian domain, cloud computing has demonstrated substantial benefits in development and maintenance of software applications. To date, the cloud computing paradigm has not been effectively exploited in embedded military applications, for reasons related to performance and correctness constraints," DARPA announced in its online solicitation.
Of course, cloud security would be a concern, given the vast amounts of confidential data utilized by military branches.
Still, the fact that the military is behind the times with the cloud is somewhat surprising, given the Obama administration's overarching goal for greater adoption of the technology throughout the government. Under the president's cloud-first policy, federal agencies must explore the use of the cloud when implementing new IT systems.
Apparently, the military hasn't followed orders. According to Fox, the cloud could benefit the U.S. military just as it does for private-sector businesses, by providing greater access to information from just about any location.
"[W]ith all the processing power and memory sequestered in the cloud, a soldier would only need a light and durable smartphone-like device to receive complex information about the battlefield," Fox wrote.
In May, DARPA announced the creation of the Mission-oriented Resilient Clouds program. Through the project, researchers hoped to develop a stronger cloud computing infrastructure that could remain online and operational during an IT disaster, such as a cyber attack.