ALBUQUERQUE: Military information is too important to store in a single cloud. Although the $10 billion JEDI contract dominates public conversation about military cloud services, the Pentagon’s Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy says the department is creating its own repository of shareable code for managing the constellations of clouds within the Pentagon.

Deasy’s call took place on the Commercial Virtual Remote Environment (CVR), itself a platform Deasy said last Thursday is “supporting nearly one million active DOD users with voice, video, and chat capabilities today.”

CVR, which requires users to download a desktop client, is a cloud-based environment for communication, and its adoption by the military in part comes as a needed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As demonstrated, CVR ably handled audio for at least fifteen call participants, with more on the line.

CVR remains capable of handling unclassified information, but to truly enable the Pentagon to work remotely and seamlessly through the environment, work still needs to be done. CVR functions at an Information Impact Level of 2, for low confidentiality information suitable for public release.

“Now, the trick in doing that is you don’t want to lose the goodness of how we’ve been able to allow people to work off-net, so to speak, from their home, from their own types of devices,” said Deasy. “But how do you now transition to an [Impact Level 5] world which locks down things in a lot more restrictive way, and obviously, for very good reasons?”

An Impact Level 5, as outlined by DoD guidelines, Controlled Unclassified Information (like For Official Use Only) and National Security Systems. The plan, said Deasy, is to figure out how to pivot CVR from only handling information with a low confidentiality level to a greater degree of confidentiality by the end of the year.