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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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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.

Intelligence Spot-on With Ukraine, ISIL Tougher
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. intelligence community had a good read on the unfolding events in Ukraine and with ISIL in Syria and Iraq. However, even the community's prescience has its limits.

Insider Revelations Devastate U.S. Intelligence Capabilities
By Robert K. Ackerman

Snowden and Manning have done serious damage to U.S. intelligence capabilities, and adversaries are adjusting their activities in response.

Government, Industry Must Expand Cyber Intelligence Sharing
By Robert K. Ackerman

Cyber intelligence sharing must change its nature as well as expand its reach.


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