Cyber attackers might have compromised computer files of more than 40,000 employees following an attack on federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
Industry and academia are gearing up to showcase some of the most advanced robotics and research work at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, a competition of robotic systems and software teams developing robots with a goal of helping humans respond to natural and man-made disasters.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has released a draft of suggestions and recommended revisions to its cloud computing security requirements guide (SRG), which documents the agency’s cloud security requirements for the Defense Department. When accepted, the new SRG would supersede and rescind the previously published cloud security model.
The technology gap caused by the growing sophistication of U.S. defense communications and networking systems threatens to leave less advanced nations unable to participate effectively in coalitions. One approach to mitigate the gap is to have allies work with the United States on establishing standards for new systems and capabilities.
Being longtime allies does not give U.S. forces carte blanche in Australia. The Southern Hemisphere ally is hosting a U.S. Marine Corps detachment, but U.S. forces are treading carefully so as not to upset relations as a new relationship is built.
The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) increasingly is turning to technology to solve problems ranging from new threats to the tyranny of distance over the vast Asia-Pacific region. Cyberspace is both a source of challenges and a potential venue for addressing many of the challenges PACOM is facing as the pace of change picks up in the globe’s largest, most populous area of operations.
Many nations are loath to share data in a coalition operation, because they fear the wrong partner will access sensitive information. Now, a new system under development will allow countries to tag data for only the countries that they want to view it.
The U.S. Army Pacific has a plan—coordinated with an overall Army modernization effort—to incorporate commercial innovation into its force to overcome many of the challenges it faces in the vast Asia-Pacific region.
Truly effective leaders eschew digital media such as email and social media when they communicate with their workers. The best form of leadership communication is face to face, according to a panel of government, military and business leaders.
While terrorists can inflict individual points of damage to the U.S. homeland, cyberspace attacks hold the greatest potential for inflicting devastating damage that could change the nature of the nation.