Much has been said and written about the U.S. Defense Department’s move to the cloud. This migration could provide enhanced security and better information access, say many experts. But it could provide another huge benefit, helping the Defense Department finally curb information infrastructure costs and apply badly needed funds where they would be most useful.
U.S. DHS Science and Technology Directorate officials are helping other nations create cyber testbeds that can be linked, forming one large, international virtual laboratory for cyber systems. In addition, they already have in place bilateral agreements with a number of countries and are in discussions with France, Spain, Germany, Mexico and South Korea, which ultimately could expand international cooperation on cybersecurity research and development.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program is beginning a new thrust in which it addresses a growing concern of cybersecurity: identity management. The program aims to drive the overhaul of cyber risk management across federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments and to do so cost-effectively by leveraging the technology acquisition processes—essentially buying in bulk.
As scientists sleuth to enhance U.S. military air mission capabilities through automation and alternative technologies, some in the Office of Naval Research want to find ways for aircraft—manned or unmanned—to operate in even the worst kinds of weather. Experts are exploring how these vehicles could function in the most unfavorable conditions.
In recent decades, air power has been NATO’s first, and sometimes only, military response to a threat. But tightened budgets and dwindling resources are placing air power in a death spiral driven by declining readiness, a shrinking force structure and an ever-smaller residual fighting capacity, say NATO’s foremost experts on air and space power.
Having focused a great deal on innovation throughout my career—particularly as the leader of “Deep Blue,” the Navy’s innovation think tank immediately after the September 11, 2001, attacks, and as commander of U.S. Southern Command—I would offer some important advice to the innovators as they get started.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation has now formed such a fundraising partnership with the CauseNetwork by setting up a website exclusively for fundraising efforts to support the foundation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational incentive programs.
Challenges ranging from teaching people new ways of learning languages to providing security for homemade computer chips head the priority list for researchers at the National Security Agency. The exponential expansion of technology capabilities is perhaps matched by the growth of potential conflict areas, and both are increasing the issues faced by the agency’s research community.
Despite everyone’s best intentions, developing a solid critical infrastructure protection policy and plan must take into account the cultural differences, privacy and the respective needs of a diverse society, coupled with a disciplined, systematic approach to critical infrastructure protection.
The Defense Department’s slow migration of much of its unclassified and nonsensitive data, along with the unclassified side of its email, to a hybrid cloud solution is talking longer than hoped, but is going to happen, promised DOD Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.