In this file photo, Marines develop their private cloud, focusing on ensuring the right access for the right people. What's Hot in 2015 for the Evolution of Federal IT

With 2014 in the rearview mirror, federal agencies now are looking ahead to what the next year will bring. For information technology professionals working in the Defense Department and intelligence community, 2015 will be the year of the cloud, application stacks, security challenges and centralization.

Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, USMC, is the first Marine director to lead the DIA. He previously served as the head of Marine Forces Cyber. USMC General First Marine to Assume Helm of DOD Spy Agency

Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, USMC, has taken command as the 20th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, making him the first U.S. Marine to take the helm of the military’s spy agency.

NRL's Christoph Englert examines the prototype Michelson interferometer (MIGHTI) being developed at NRL for flight on NASA's ICON mission. NASA's ICON Mission a Go for 2017

When NASA’s Pegasus rocket lifts off in June 2017, it will carry scientific equipment and technology that might help researchers better understand space variations that contribute to disruptions in communications equipment, radar and Global Positioning Systems here on Earth.

DSCOVR spacecraft at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. 5 Weeks and Counting: New NOAA Weather Satellite Readies for Launch

Scientists gear up to launch revolutionary technology into deep space that will provide the most advanced solar storm warning system to date. The spacecraft includes new research systems that also will better monitor Earth's atmosphere and land. 

NGA Wants Your Intelligence Data in the Cloud

With the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's interactive Map of the World now residing in the cloud, the intelligence agency plans to expand the tools and content.

Maj. Mark Jacobsen, USAF, tests an unmanned aerial vehicle as part of the Syria Airlift Project, which he hopes one day will use drones to deliver food and medicine to war-torn countries. Drone Airlift Project Could Drop Food, Medicine to War Refugees

After witnessing the depressing impact of starvation and lack of medicine for Syrian refugees encamped in Turkey, Maj. Mark Jacobsen, USAF, embarked on a project that he hopes one day will use unmanned aerial vehicles to airdop lifesaving supplies for victims of war-ravaged nations.

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