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Cybersecurity Innovation Must Match the Information Revolution

November 5, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The information technology arena is experiencing large tectonic shifts that are directly affecting requirements for cybersecurity. Transitions-from physical to virtual; from the premise to the cloud; from more formal networks to social networks-will have their counterparts in new security requirements and approaches.

Cybersecurity Should Reach Across Rather Than Down

November 5, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

Government needs to "think flat' and create a cybersecurity architecture that emphasizes a peering structure rather than a vertical architecture.

Raytheon Awarded Patriot Missile Engineering Services Contract

November 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $5.8 million contract modification to provide engineering services for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system. This is the eighth modification to a $128 million contract awarded in January 2009 by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. The contract calls for the company to provide systems analysis, software and hardware engineering, testing and logistics support.

Lockheed Martin to Provide Support for Pentagon Networks

November 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army Information Technology Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin a $292.7 million contract to continue supporting the Pentagon's network infrastructure. Under the agreement, the company will continue to provide network operations maintenance, management and security support for all data networks within the Pentagon and National Capitol Region.

CSC Wins USAID Infrastructure Support Task Order

November 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded CSC a five-year task order valued at $200 million to provide information technology (IT) infrastructure support services. Under the contract, the company will provide a full range of infrastructure services, including planning, engineering and implementing IT solutions, and providing support for the USAID network environment.

Asian Economic Growth May Lead to Sea Change in U.S. Finances

November 4, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The rise of China and the growth of other Asian economies could hold serious consequences for the U.S. economy, and subsequently relations with other countries. One day, major world economies no longer will use the dollar as the basis for international transactions. And when the U.S. dollar no longer is the global currency of choice, the United States will have to enter a period of severe frugality.

China, U.S. in Long March Toward Possible Confrontation

November 4, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

China and the United States are constantly redefining their relationship in a dynamic that could lead to conflict if both sides are not careful, according to a leading U.S. Asia-Pacific expert.

U.S. Army Pacific Needs New Technologies--Still

November 4, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Army, Pacific, is pushing technological limits to link its diverse elements. While it has had some successes, it still needs some breakthrough technologies to achieve its goals over the vast region, according to Brig. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, USA, commander, 311th Signal Command.

Webinar Nov. 12: Can the Cloud be Secured?

November 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

As defense entities continue to virtualize their IT environments, they must revisit not only their security architectures but their policy and governance models, the subject of the next SIGNAL webinar on November 12 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Join Dr. James Ransome of Cisco Systems as he explores how the three commonly accepted models for cloud-service delivery can be implemented to drive efficiencies while maintaining desired security levels.

For more information and to register, click here.

U.S. Needs Both Traditional and New Methodologies for Cyberspace

November 4, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. military by and large is taking the wrong approach to cyberwarfare by treating it as a separate entity without the innovation that should bring. The country needs to incorporate it with other military activities and turn loose creative leadership for U.S. cyberwar activities to prevail.

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