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Northrop Grumman Awarded Global Hawk Funds

June 29, 2015

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has been awarded a contract modification for engineering and manufacturing development for the Global Hawk system.

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Where to Focus First After the OPM Breach
June 29, 2015
By Terry Roberts

The OPM breach should serve as a wake-up call for the government to take specific measures to protect its most valuable assets—its people and their information

Enduring Traditions or Sacred Cows?
June 23, 2015
By Bill Nolte

The intelligence community needs to change with the times—nothing unusual about that. But, what does it hold onto and where does it let go? The process for determining these choices is as important as its consequences.

NIST Publishes Final Guidelines for Protecting Information Held by Contractors
June 19, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

NIST published today its final guidelines for federal agencies to use when they provide unclassified but sensitive information to nonfederal workers, such as contractors or universities that work with the government.

AFCEA Presents Innovative Technology Awards
June 18, 2015

AFCEA presents awards to three individuals for innovative cyber technology solutions during a ceremony at the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium. The winners were selected from 50 entries in AFCEA's Cyber Solutions Showcase.

Cyberwarfare and International Law
June 19, 2015
By Robert Clark

Too many experts who are weighing in on the debate of when to consider a cyber attack an act of war are not experts at all. A nation's leadership must respond carefully using existing international guidelines.

The Incredible Shrinking Defense Industrial Base
June 16, 2015
By M. Thomas Davis

The U.S. defense industrial base seems to be going out with a whimper. Only four companies now crack the list of the top 100 U.S. firms based on revenue, and this unwelcome development has occurred against a backdrop of global instability and change.

The Clash of Two Physics
June 11, 2015
By David E. Meadows

The Information Age is on the brink of a new revolution as quantum mechanics begins to influence its developments. But, uncertainty reigns when it comes to predicting what will emerge and how it will affect the world.

The Bottom Line: Three Excellent Reasons to Go on Vacation
June 9, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Technology is a wonderful way to stay in touch, but it’s summer and time to put gadgets away for a bit. Whether you live in a region with year-round sunshine or brutal winters, taking those paid vacation days benefits not just you and your family but also the economy.

Bid Protests: Whose Fault Are They? (Take II)
June 8, 2015
By Al Krachman, Esq.

With limited exceptions, all protests originate with disappointed bidders, so on the surface, all protests are the fault of contractors. But how did the contractor find itself with the need to protest?

The Twitter Hare Versus the Government Turtle
June 4, 2015
By Lewis Shepherd

The intelligence community must find a way to work with the private sector, or it risks falling dangerously behind in the key technologies that are reshaping society.


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