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April 26th, 2016

DISA's Name Change Better Reflects True Missions

DISA Global Operations Commander (DGOC) Army COL Paul G. Craft accepts a key to the new DGOC facility on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, from Stacy Friesenborg of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Joe Seymour of River City Construction during a ceremony held March 11.

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s Continental United States Field Command (DISA CONUS) has been renamed to reflect the organization’s evolution as a global service provider. The organization is now called the DISA Global Operations Command (DGOC).

"The name change more accurately reflects the true mission of the organization, which is global defense and operations of DISA’s portion of the DOD Information Networks (DODIN),” said the commander, Army COL Paul G. Craft. “Our mission extends far beyond the continental United States.”

DISA CONUS, established in 2003, was one of four regional field commands and Defense Network Operations Centers operated by DISA. Unlike DISA’s Central, European, and Pacific field commands, DISA CONUS was not directly aligned or colocated with a combatant command headquarters.  

“The name DISA CONUS had become synonymous with the command and many people, especially those outside of DISA, believed the command had a CONUS-focused mission, even though the command has had a global mission since it was established,”  said Scott Rodakowski, civilian deputy director of DISA’s Center for Operations. “That global mission has continued to expand. Today DISA Global Operations Command is the service manager for the agency’s worldwide Internet protocol (IP) infrastructure and services that makeup the Defense Information System Network (DISN), to include the Non-secure IP Router Network (NIPRNet), Secret IP Router Network (SIPRNet), and IP voice and video services.”    

Over the last decade, the command’s mission set has expanded to include: 

  • Network defense of the DISA-managed portion of the DODIN through the oversight of Internet access points.
  • Network defense of 46 enterprise missions and services.
  • Serving as a Tier II Computer Network Defense Service Provider for 108 mission partners, including, but not limited to: five combatant commands, 15 defense agencies and organizations, nine cleared defense contractors, and two federal agencies.  

In addition, the command will soon consolidate the majority of its personnel into a new facility on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

“It has been a long, 12-year journey […] to obtain the key to this state-of-the-art facility,” said Dana Rowe, DGOC deputy commander.  When the organization’s leaders were presented with a ceremonial key by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Louisville District and the lead contractor, River City Construction, on March 11.

The 164,000 square foot, $100M facility features a global operations center and also includes a cafeteria and fitness center. The DGOC workforce will begin moving into the building in June and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place in August.