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Cyber Overtakes Terrorism as Main National Threat

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

While terrorists can inflict individual points of damage to the U.S. homeland, cyberspace attacks hold the greatest potential for inflicting devastating damage that could change the nature of the nation.

Network Visibility Key to Security, Per CYBERCOM

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Security experts must have full network awareness in real time if they are to thwart the growing cyberspace threat. Programs such as the joint regional security stacks (JRSS) may hold the key to securing networks against dominance by cybermarauders.

U.S. Cyber Command Grants DISA Head Directive Authority

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Cyber Command has granted the head of DISA directive authority over the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) for cyber matters.

Cyber Mission Force Under Construction

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Cyber Command's Cyber Mission Force is generating teams and assigning them to combatant commands, but they are still in the learning phase for their missions. Half the teams will focus on defense, and the other half will focus on initiating activities.

Power in the Pacific Brings New Challenges, Responsibilities

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

As the only trusted major power in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States literally finds itself at the heart of all coalition networking activities. Amid the pivot to the Pacific, the nation also is striving to modernize the force while it confronts budgetary uncertainties domestically and abroad.

Achieving Mission Partner Environment Poses Complex Challenges

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Creating an effective mission partner environment (MPE) is a daunting task entwined with that of the Joint Information Environment.

New Defense Secretary Needs Better White House Access

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter will need better access to the White House than that experienced by his predecessor, Chuck Hagel. That is the conclusion of John Grimes, the former assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, who called Carter an excellent choice for the department.

U.S. Defense Department to Aim for Intercollaborability

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The new word for the Defense Department CIO office is intercollaborability. The goal is to encompass all options and then add some more.

Joint Regional Security Stacks Top CIO's List

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Success for the Joint Information Environment may come down to the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS), says the Defense Department's acting CIO. However, their success may hinge on acquisition reform.

U.S. Military Services Freed to Explore Their Own Clouds

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) no longer will be the required go-to-group for military cloud services. Beginning Monday, December 15, the services will be able to choose their own clouds. DISA will be able to compete with commercial providers on an economic basis.

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