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NSF Invests Millions in Academic Cloud Computing Testbeds

By Rita Boland

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has initiated two $10 million projects to create separate cloud computing testbeds called Chameleon and CloudLab. Through the efforts, the academic research community will develop and experiment with novel architectures and architecturally enabled applications of cloud computing.



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NSA Research Directorate Looks Internally, Externally
By Robert K. Ackerman

The National Security Agency is focusing inward and outward as it reshapes its technology policy.

Government, Industry Conduct Vital Intelligence Research
By Robert K. Ackerman

Rather than devote valuable resources pursuing every possible technology solution, the intelligence community complements similar efforts in the commercial sector.

Intelligence Oversight Difficulty Increases With Effectiveness
By Robert K. Ackerman

Intelligence oversight is an important function in a democracy. But, with transparency and secrecy requirements colliding, it becomes increasingly difficult the more it is pursued.

Space, Cyberspace Are Stealth Threats to U.S.
By Robert K. Ackerman

Other threats to the United States may make daily headlines, but space and cyberspace are below the public radar while at the top of many lists of concerns.

U.S. Intelligence Oversight Unparalleled in the World
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United States has far better oversight and transparency about its intelligence operations than do many of the nations criticizing it, according to the two leading congressmen in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

U.S. Commitment Key to Defeating ISIL
By Robert K. Ackerman

Defeating ISIL will require ground forces from Arab countries. The United States must step up and commit to supporting them if they are to prevail.

Technology Both Aids, Hinders Intelligence Transparency
By Robert K. Ackerman

Technology-spawned information has become too untamed for government to manage it.

Are Intelligence Leaks Caused by Overclassification?
By Robert K. Ackerman

The flood of leaks from the intelligence community may be caused in part by classifying too much information as secret.

Internet of Things Strong on Theory, Not a Reality Yet
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Internet of Things offers the potential of a networking revolution. But, while the theory is sound, its realization must overcome many hurdles first.

Internet of Things Will Be Fertile Ground for Cybermarauders
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Internet of Things will be everything to malevolent cybermarauders. Terrorists, criminals and hackers will have a field day out-innovating the defenders of cyberspace.


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