The U.S. Navy program executive office that supports the V-22 and myriad other aircraft is learning to cope with the cyber vulnerabilities of its networked platforms.
No one knows yet what devices or platforms will be a part of the Defense Department Internet of Things, but unmanned vehicles almost certainly will be. For example, driverless vehicles, networked and capable of convoying, could one day deliver supplies without putting personnel in harm’s way.
DARPA’s Mining and Understanding Software Enclaves program seeks to leverage deep program analyses and big data analytics to create a public database containing mined inferences about salient properties, behaviors and vulnerabilities of software. Data storage and analysis capabilities will be critical for the Defense Department to take advantage of the Internet of Things.

Defense Department Awakens to Internet of Things

January 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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For the U.S. Defense Department, the Internet of Things means that everything—battlefield uniforms, office thermostats and major weapon systems, for example—are networked, providing tremendous amounts of data for situational awareness while also preventing challenges for cybersecurity and data storage and analysis.

Incoming: What Is a Cyber Attack?

January 1, 2015
By Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Unfortunately, cyberspace is an increasingly attractive venue for aggression these days. The digital domain facilitates operational maneuver in a manner that obfuscates an actor’s identity, affiliation and tactics. But unlike sea, air and land, much of cyberspace’s doctrine remains undefined, to include even the most fundamental of terms. We do not even have an agreed-upon definition of what constitutes an attack in cyberspace—and it is high time we did.

President's Commentary: Moving Ahead in 2015

January 1, 2015
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

AFCEA is moving forward amid a time of great change, both internally and externally. The defense community of the United States and its allies is in flux as nations weigh the need for stronger defense against severe budgetary pressures. The nature of threats is as dynamic as the technology-inspired changes that are revolutionizing societies everywhere. AFCEA is both responding to these conditions and laying the groundwork for future developments.

PEO Spotlight: Better Using Industry to Help Protect Cyberspace

January 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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The U.S. military does not need to catch up to the commercial world in terms of cyber superiority—it needs to better leverage what already is out there and let the commercial world help the U.S. Defense Department better secure its cyber domain, says Maj. Gen. Craig S. Olson, USAF, the program executive officer for the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence (C3I) and Networks Directorate at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.