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Thanks to sequestration and the excellent timing of the GSA conference scandal, travel restrictions have made in-person collaboration difficult in 2013.

At the Defense Department, where civilian and military personnel are located all over the world, technology is essential for bringing people together. John Hale, the chief of enterprise applications at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), is tasked with providing the tech tools to help Defense personnel around the world communicate, collaborate and more effectively executive their mission.

Hale and his team manage three major enterprise systems:

Due to budget constraints, these tools have been more important than ever. In a three month period of time, demand on Defense Connect Online grew by 33 percent, Hale recently told us on the Excellence in Government Podcast. “It’s just that sharp this year.”

Hale joined us to discuss how DISA is helping connect the military, the challenges of developing and maintaining tools that serve more than 850,000 users around the globe and how federal managers looking to implement new technology can take that first step.

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Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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