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DHS Secretary Makes Passionate Plea to Congress to Fully Fund Department

February 26, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson voiced a hesitant optimism Thursday that U.S. Congress will come together to fully fund the department before tomorrow’s deadline that could shutter parts of the Department of Homeland Security.

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510 Small Satellites Set for Launch Over Next Five Years
February 26, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Nations plan to launch more than 500 small satellites over the next five years, an increase of two-thirds in the number of the small space-bound platforms when compared with launches over the past decade, according to an international space firm report.

Harnessing the Power of IT Interoperability
February 26, 2015
By Ed Bender

Guest blogger Ed Bender from SolarWinds outlines the steps the U.S. Defense Department should take to secure and streamline information networks successfully toward the realization of the JIE. The department must strive for greater interoperability of NetOps and other IT management tools within the services.

IARPA Searches for Cyber Attack Prediction
February 26, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Office for Anticipating Surprise has initiated a competition for its Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment (CAUSE) program, which aims at discovering ways to anticipate cyber attacks before they occur.

Innovation Act Will Harm U.S. Innovation, Universities Warn
February 25, 2015
By George I. Seffers

A group of 144 universities warned Congress that pending legislation to address patent litigation abuses is so broadly drawn that it would weaken the nation’s patent system and hinder the flow of groundbreaking advances from universities to the private sector.

NSA Announces Cybersecurity Contest
February 24, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

The National Security Agency’s third annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper competition is now open. Deadline for submissions is March 31.

Solving the Wireless Crowding Conundrum
February 19, 2015

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are developing measurement tools for new mobile communications channels that could offer more than 1,000 times the bandwidth of today’s cellphone systems.

Cyber Challenges Sea Services
February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The three sea services are facing different challenges with cyber operations, but they are adopting some similar solutions as they wrestle with the newest warfighting domain.

Wealth and Poverty Challenge the U.S. Coast Guard
February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Already dealing with an expanded mission set, the U.S. Coast Guard is facing new challenges as economic conditions generate different types of stresses on existing assets and capabilities.

Budget Cuts Threaten U.S. Navy Shipbuilding
February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Navy’s mission set is likely to continue to grow over the foreseeable future, but the same cannot be said of the fleet. Both surface ships and submarines will need to be replaced or complemented, but budget restrictions severely hinder the Navy’s ability to meet those goals.

Marines Need to Add Ships, Lose Weight, Exploit Data
February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Marine Corps needs more amphibious ships as it returns to its roots amid tight budgets. The Corps also needs to lighten the load its warfighters bear, and it wants to be able to access advanced intelligence data from its most sophisticated platform.


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