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National Guard to Play a Larger Role in Defense

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Fresh off supporting two overseas wars, the National Guard is planning for a larger role in military activities on the home front. Cyber is one area where the Guard may be serving a key role, officials said during AFCEA’s JIE Mission Partner Symposium.

Homeland Security Begins at Home

May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The battle against cybermarauders begins with individual home computers, said Rear Adm. Hank Bond, USN, J-6, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), and deputy J-3 for cyberspace operations at NORAD, during a panel presentation on the second day of AFCEA's three-day JIE Mission Partner Symposium.

As-Yet Undefined Technologies Will Define the Future Military

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

New information technologies may change the military to a greater degree than they have changed society at large, suggested a panel of chief technology officers at AFCEA’s three-day Joint Information Environment Mission Partner Symposium being held in Baltimore.

Software-Defined Networking Looms as Next Big Technology

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The most important innovation looming in information technology may involve virtual networks. Software-defined networking will open a new door to network architectures and activities that will rival previous advances, according to a panel of industry chief technology officers at AFCEA's three-day JIE Mission Partner Symposium being held in Baltimore.

Computing Giant Faces Information Challenges Similar to Defense Department

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The cloud, social media and cybersecurity are some of the major issues vexing two of the world’s major information technology users. One of those users is the U.S. military, but the other is IBM, which is plotting a road map to the future that might apply to the defense community.

Insider Threat Key Element of JIE Solutions

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The architecture of the Joint Information Environment (JIE) will help the Defense Department deal with the growing insider threat, according to Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). He told the audience at AFCEA’s three-day Joint Information Environment Mission Partner Symposium that the move to the cloud will enable better security and prevent the traditional insider threat from menacing valuable data.

DISA Must Practice What It Preaches, Says Director

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is changing its own internal methods of operation to reflect the direction it is giving the services in the move toward the Joint Information Environment, according to Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, DISA director, at the Joint Information Environment Mission Partner Symposium.

DISA: Social Media is the Wave of the Future

May 12, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The defense community must move away from email and fully into social media, says the director of the Defense Information System Agency (DISA). Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, told the audience at AFCEA’s Joint Information Environment Mission Partner Symposium that the defense community must break with the past in digital information technology.

U.S. Navy Evaluates Color-Coded Explosive Detection Kits

May 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Navy has evaluated color-coded chemical detection technology known as colorimetric explosive detection kits, the service recently announced.

NASA Explores Making Planets Right Here On Earth

May 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

NASA scientists at Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, reproduced the processes that occur in the atmosphere of a red giant star and lead to the formation of planet-forming interstellar dust.


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