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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.

A New Approach Is Needed to Protect Defense Department Cybersystems

October 1, 2014
By Paul A. Strassmann

Budget cuts and rapidly improving information technology are forcing the U.S. Defense Department to confront increasing cybersecurity demands without commensurate increases in available resources

Incoming: In Praise of Quantity

October 1, 2014
By Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, USA (Ret.)

The late Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by his nom de guerre, V.I. Lenin, used to be famous, or at least infamous. As the founding dictator of revolutionary Russia, Lenin built a grim, cruel and mighty police state whose oppressive successor to this day menaces all too many unhappy people in eastern Europe. The man the Communists once idolized as “our dear Ilyich” is long gone and, in decent circles, not missed very much.

President's Commentary: Think Tactically, Act Strategically

October 1, 2014
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

A key challenge to building a new tactical technology acquisition model is that it requires carefully identifying and prioritizing requirements, as well as staying engaged with the acquisition arm of government throughout the acquisition process. Carefully defining an operational requirement—not the end technical solution—allows industry to develop and provide the most effective solution. Industry has a strong economic impetus to provide the capability that the operating forces require.

PEO Spotlight: How to Do Business with the U.S. Coast Guard

October 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

U.S. Coast Guard acquisitions are focusing on requirements across an array of major projects. Though the Department of Homeland Security organization has vastly different efforts underway, all demand clear guidelines and teamwork, including unambiguous understandings with the private sector.


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