Defense Department's Massive JRSS Effort on Track to Deliver, Halvorsen Says

December 5, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
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The first wave of testing of the U.S. Defense Department’s joint regional security stacks now underway at military bases in Texas and Europe shows the hardware and software tasked with improved protection of the department’s network, expected to deliver unprecedented cyber situational awareness, is on track to deliver as anticipated, according to the department's acting chief information officer.

A soldier with the 3rd Infantry Division monitors activity from an unmanned aerial vehicle. Warfighters and decision makers may have access to better information more rapidly if the intelligence community is able to realize its goal of an intelligence Internet of Things.

Intelligence Plans Its Own Internet of Things

January 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. intelligence community is moving toward a hypernetwork of sensors and data collectors that ultimately will constitute an Internet of Things for the community and its customers. If it is successful, the intelligence community would have more data, processed into more knowledge, available more quickly and with greater fidelity for operators and decision makers.

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.