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Rescinding DISA's Cloud Broker Role To Speed Up Process

September 23, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Having a single agency act as the cloud broker for the whole of the U.S. Defense Department's migration to commercial cloud services slowed the process too much, prompting a policy change to divvy up the duties among the services, says the department's acting chief information officer.

Cyber Has a New Look in the U.S. Army

September 23, 2014
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Army officially activated its Cyber Protection Brigade earlier this month, marking the first time the service has had such a unit. As the defensive operations enabled by the brigade ramp up, the Army now also has a cyber branch operating provisionally, which will change the way soldiers are assigned to cyber career fields.

Insight, Oversight Dominate Intelligence Priorities

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. intelligence community must innovate and expand its capabilities menu just as critics are calling for greater oversight on its operations.

Internal, External Challenges Vex Intelligence Community

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

When the going gets tough, the intelligence community gets rough treatment by friends and foe alike.

Congressman: NOAA Should Rely on Commercial Data for Weather Forecasts

September 19, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

If a key weather satellite operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration goes down before its replacement launches, the agency needs to mitigate the forecasted gap in data collection by relying on commercial weather data, a U.S. congressman says.

Two Capsules to Serve as the Cure for Outsourced U.S. Space Transportation

September 16, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

NASA has awarded its long-awaited Commercial Crew Development contracts to Boeing and SpaceX to build the next generation of spacecraft that will deliver astronauts to the International Space Station beginning in 2017. The two firms will build, deliver and launch space capsules of their own design to provide human access to low Earth orbit.

NGEN Transition on Track, Program Ready for Potential Changes

September 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network, or NGEN, is on schedule to complete its transition on October 1. Yet, a few loose ends remain, and the entire system may undergo significant changes as the Navy girds for a dynamic, uncertain future.

DISA to Launch First Round of JRSS Network Upgrades

September 9, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Defense Department is primed to take a first step toward the realization of JIE as it gears up information migration to the joint regional security stacks, or JRSS, a key upgrade to streamline and secure network operations.

Diversity Among New Members Appointed to FirstNet Board

September 4, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Five new members with varying career backgrounds have been appointed to the federally funded FirstNet endeavor, a multimillion dollar project to create first-ever nationwide EMS network.

NSA Benefits Outweigh Snowden Damage

August 28, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Revelations about the NSA's monitoring practices created some fallout with the telecommunications industry and other nations, acknowledges Adm. Michael Rogers, USN, the agency’s new director. But the capabilities the agency provides eclipse the damage done.

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