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Guest Blog: Making A Strategic Investment In Network on the Road to Innovation

May 27, 2014
By Anthony Robbins

Ongoing budget cuts place the Defense Department in a challenging situation, tasked with continually supporting warfighters on an increasingly tight budget. The most direct route for the department to accomplish mission goals and support warfighters is through information technology innovation.

DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program

May 22, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

It took four decades for Fred Downs to be able to pinch himself with his left hand. Or open a jar. Or turn a key in the front door of his Virginia home. Downs now sports a new prosthetic arm funded by DARPA, and which only last week received Food and Drug Agency approval for commercial use.

Rifleman Radio Approaches Full Rate Production

May 22, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army has released a draft request for proposals to procure additional Rifleman Radios, moving the system toward full rate production.

Pockets of Resistance Threaten Robotics Funding

May 22, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Defense Department is failing to invest in game-changing technology that could increase efficiencies and save lives, according to a just-released report from the Center for a New American Security, which also recommends funding more battlefield drones.

DARPA Officials Demo Technologies Under Development

May 21, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency gave a sneak preview Wednesday to an impressive collection of promise-to-change-the world projects.

Standard Missile Completes First Test Launch from Aegis Ashore Test Site

May 21, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy successfully conducted the first flight test of the Aegis Ashore system at the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex and Pacific Missile Range Facility.

Insider Threat Survey Reveals Increased Awareness, Little Action

May 20, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Raytheon-commissioned Ponemon Institute Survey: 88 percent believe privileged user abuse will increase.

Researchers to Mirror Brain in Developing Better Computers

May 15, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Sandia National Laboratories researchers are developing “neuro-inspired” computing systems to work basically like human brains.

Single Security Architecture Needed for Military Network

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) will enable a single security architecture that may be the key to defending the U.S. military against attacks from cyberspace, said the Joint Staff’s top communicator on the final day of AFCEA’s three-day JIE Mission Partner Symposium.

Defense Department Needs to Nurture Cyber Professionals

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. military needs to take active measures to ensure that it acquires good cyber professionals, said the Joint Staff's communicator.

JIE Essential for Successful Military Operations

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

U.S. military forces will not be able to pursue operational goals successfully unless the Joint Information Environment (JIE) is implemented, according to a member of the Joint Staff.

Two-Way Wrist Communicators on J-6 Wish List

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The future soldier, sailor, airman, Marine and coast guardsman may be communicating with a mobile device attached to his or her wrist, if the vision of the nation’s top uniformed communicator comes to pass.

Virtual Capabilities at Heart of JIE Service

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) will be relying on virtual capabilities to a greater degree as part of several thrusts within the network. Enabling technologies include the cloud and software modernization as planners strive to ensure interoperability and access wherever users may be located.

Customer Diversity Enhances, Threatens JIE

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) seeks to network the entire defense community, but its ability to address customer requirements could run afoul of its original purpose. Many military users have specific needs that must be addressed, so the JIE must meet those requirements without jeopardizing its desired interoperability.

Mobility Is More Than a Physical Concept With JIE

May 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

A key tenet of the Joint Information Environment (JIE) will be the ability of users to have access to the same information system capabilities regardless of physical location, according to Defense Information System Agency (DISA) officials speaking on the final day of AFCEA’s three-day JIE Mission Partner Symposium.

Commercial Information Technology Companies Focus on Security

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Private sector high-technology firms are taking considerable measures to ensure the security of data, knowing that industrial espionage or foreign sabotage could cost a company its competitive edge or even put it out of business.

Defense Should Look to the Private Sector for Innovation

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The defense community should follow the lead of the private sector in both technologies and processes, said industry experts on a panel at AFCEA's JIE Mission Partner Symposium, and revamp the way of doing business.

Lessons Learned Guide Intelligence Community Information Enterprise

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise has generated a host of lessons learned that could be applied to many network consolidation efforts. Al Tarasiuk, chief information officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, outlined these lessons to a luncheon audience on the second day of AFCEA’s three-day Joint Information Environment (JIE) Mission Partner Symposium.

Intelligence Community Defines Bridge to JIE

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise, or ICITE, will link to the Defense Department’s Joint Information Environment (JIE) via a bridge architecture. The Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise will ensure that ICITE and the JIE can coexist.

Time for the Defense Department to Embrace Hackers

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Defense Department should reach out to the hacker community for critical expertise in the war against cyber aggressors, said a member of industry during AFCEA's JIE Mission Partner Symposium.

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