In what has become one of the White House’s highest priorities, the federal government is forming digital services teams to address the mounting number of cybersecurity breaches threatening the nation’s security and coffers, according to government’s top chief information officer.
The DSCOVR satellite today reached its orbit position 1 million miles from Earth, little more than 100 days after its winter launch. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite will become the first operational spacecraft in deep space to provide constant weather analysis.
The significant federal government cyberbreach that let hackers swipe the personal data of more than 4 million current and former federal employees has all the trappings of a targeted nation-state attack aimed at gleaning critical information on federal workers; and current cyber protection methods might not be enough to prevent future attacks.
In spite of all the technological advances and everything computers can do for people, the devices used today do not actually understand language. People increasingly rely on computers and machines to learn, to help navigate, to stay connected with family, to travel—to make life easier. In reality, people do not communicate with machines, and the relationship is one-sided. The two parties are not partners—yet.
China is introducing designs for catamarans—and even trimarans—that seem destined to serve as the country’s littoral combat ships. Some of the trimarans closely resemble their U.S. counterparts, although differences—some quite interesting—do exist.
Machines of the future may think more like humans, promising dramatic changes for military robotics, unmanned aircraft and even missiles. U.S. military researchers say cognitive computers—processors inspired by the human brain—could bring about a wide range of changes that include helping robots work more closely with their human teammates.
The Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems’ motto—sea power to the hands of our sailors—has led the office to a string of recent accomplishments and positioned the organization for greater successes. Milestones include certification of a modernized computer infrastructure for Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
A group of communicators working within the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command–Iraq has used Iraq as a laboratory of sorts, experimenting with new ways of supporting the network and finding unexpected successes in the process.
Information technology companies, especially in public sector contracts, face one of the great curses of success: the need for speedier and more efficient key processes while controlling cost. One process involves the negotiation, management and preparation of contracts. Because the client—be it federal, state, local or even an international entity—won’t speed up, companies must speed up their contract life cycles and procurement-related activities.