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Clarifying DISA’s Cloud Computing Role

October 29, 2014
George I. Seffers

The Defense Department is expected very soon to release a new policy revising the role DISA plays in brokering cloud services. The changes are designed to speed cloud service acquisitions. DISA no longer will be the sole acquisition agency, but it will continue to ensure network access to cloud service providers is secure and reliable, agency officials say.

Northrop Grumman Sets World Record with 1-Terahertz Circuit

October 28, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A five-year project funded by the Defense Department’s research arm and developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation has netted the world’s fastest integrated circuit amplifier and a place in the record books.

JCS ISR White Paper Calls for More Joint Solutions

October 27, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The future of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance is purple—or Pentagon parlance for the military services working together in a joint environment. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calls for improved development and the sharing of ISR data and technologies, not just among the U.S. military services, but also with industry and foreign militaries.

Hosted Payloads Might Be Pentagon's Affordable Way into Space

October 24, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Defense Department’s experimental “pathfinder” hosted payload satellite program might be the feasible short-term middle ground sought between commercial satellite providers and the federal government, which have haggled over high costs for commercial-based bandwidth services.

Forum Gives Small Businesses Tips to Combat Cybersecurity Threats

October 16, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Might the recurring data breaches plaguing one large retailer after another be a dress rehearsal for a catastrophic attack that could cripple, if not destroy, the United States and its critical infrastructure? The doomsday rhetoric presented by cybersecurity experts at an issue forum Thursday hosted by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, while not so calamitous, served as a wake-up call to the enduring cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

U.S. Navy Developing Fleet of Autonomous 'Guard Dogs'

October 15, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Navy is capitalizing on a first-of-its-kind autonomous technology that can transform just about any surface vessel into an unmanned platform able to protect other ships or “swarm” hostile vessels.

Army Rapid Equipping Force Opening Office in Kuwait

October 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF), which quickly fields technologies to meet urgent warfighter needs, intends by the end of November to open an office in Kuwait that will serve warfighters in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

Insider Threats Could Rise as Hackers Troll Social Media

October 10, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The recent rash of cyber attacks on major U.S. companies has drawn renewed focus on network vulnerabilities, both in commercial and governmental sectors, and not just on external attackers but on potentially more ominous threats posed by insiders. Hackers are looking for self-identified privileged users who broadcast on social media sites their career positions.

DISA Successfully Migrates First Round of JRSS Network Upgrades

October 8, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

After much anticipation and preparation, the Defense Information Systems Agency, along with the U.S. Army and Air Force, successfully migrated network traffic through the first of several Joint Regional Security Stacks at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

Experts Seek Advice to Protect Aid Workers from Ebola Epidemic

October 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A Defense Department-backed research effort seeks emergency expert input and advice on ways to help combat the Ebola epidemic. STAR-TIDES seeks input on methods that can help health care workers better protect themselves while providing better care to patients infected with the deadly virus. Input deadline for submissions is Wednesday.

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