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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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Active Duty Service Members Eligible for Expedited TSA PreCheck Program
By Sandra Jontz

Service members can get expedited travel screening at TSA PreCheck airports using their Defense Department identification number when booking flight reservations. The security approach is available to all members of the U.S. armed forces, including the reserves, the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard.

STRATCOM Improves Space Junk Situational Awareness
By Maryann Lawlor

The release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of unknown origin will help satellite owner-operators better protect their space assets.

Hanx Writer Recreates Typewriter Experience for iPad
By Rachel Lily

Do you hanker for the nostalgic feeling of typing on a manual typewriter? Tom Hanks has the solution. The free Hanx Writer app for iPad, created by the actor in partnership with creative agency Hitcents, brings the look, feel and sound of old-fashioned word processing to life.

Sponsor Blog: Riverbed Federal Offers Rapid and Easy Solutions to Counter Cybersecurity Challenges

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This article is written by our sponsor Riverbed Federal. Federal agencies are always looking for ways to spend their security dollars more efficiently. Cyber Attack Defenders recently sat down with Sean Applegate, director of technology strategy at Riverbed Federal, who provided some tips on how agencies can boost their security capabilities while cutting costs.

Guest Blog: Is 'Bring Your Own App' the Answer to Mobile Security?
By Chris LaPoint

"There’s an app for that" is truer than ever these days. As BYOD and BYOA increasingly infiltrate government agencies, public sector information technology departments must consider the impact these apps and devices have on their own environments. Chris LaPoint explains why agencies need to focus on applications, not devices, as the key to enabling a mobile work force.

NIST Seeks Input on App Testing
By Maryann Lawlor

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is preparing recommendations to help organizations leverage the benefits of mobile apps while managing their risks.

New TSA PreCheck Program On- and Off-Airport Locations Open
By Sandra Jontz

Number of U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck application centers increases.

U.S. Navy Awards $2.5 Billion in CANES Contracts
George I. Seffers

The estimated, cumulative value of the multiple award contract is $2,529,500,000. CANES serves as the bridge to the future of Navy afloat networks, consolidating existing legacy and standalone networks, providing the necessary infrastructure for applications, systems and services to operate in the tactical domain.

AFCEA Leadership Series: Leaders Are the Sum of Their Life's Work
By Sandra Jontz

In a video slightly longer than six minutes, Adm. Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.), steadily delivers messages of collaboration and team building and addresses his most trying times as a leader.

My Day (Not at All) Playing Video Games
By Rita Boland

It's very easy to fall into the trap of viewing simulated training as a game. But it really, really isn't.


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