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Naval Aviation Focuses on Information Technology

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Information technology systems, elements and methodologies are becoming more of a factor in U.S. naval aviation. Virtual capabilities are supplanting physical training, and new architectures may allow faster incorporation of new technologies.

Might Sequestration Be On the Way Out?

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The sequestration bill that has been the bane of military procurement may be on its last legs, although its reach still has some distance to go. That is the prediction of a Washington, D.C., attorney who specializes in defense procurement.

Defense Must Adopt Commercial Practices, Attitudes

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Adopting commercial practices in military acquisition would help both the Defense Department and the companies that serve it. Both entities have slipped into risk-averse behavior that benefits neither and hurts the warfighting customer, said industry and former government experts.

Industry, Government Impede Defense IT Acquisition

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Archaic acquisition regulations designed to reduce risk, teamed with commercial technology controls, are inhibiting efforts to procure information technology systems quickly and effectively, according to military and civilian experts.

Marines Look to Strengthen Tactical Networking

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Marine Corps is focusing on network advances that empower warfighters to an unprecedented degree. The result will be that smaller groups of Marines will have more capabilities than larger units had just a few years ago.

Military Networks Must Reach Down, Reach Up

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The advantages offered by defense network advances need to be sped to both the warfighter and the decision maker, according to a panel of service communicators. Improvements from security to data storage offer vital capabilities that vary among the different ranks in the military.

Operational Methods, Tactics Key to Navy Defeating Adversaries

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Navy is focusing on training its personnel to overcome adversaries that are closing the technology gap with the fleet, according to the admiral in charge of fleet readiness. While the sea service continues to seek game-changing technologies to restore supremacy, it also is relying on new tactics and operational methods to overcome adversaries at sea, underwater, in the air and in cyberspace.

White House Creates New Cybersecurity Intelligence Agency

February 11, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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The White House this week announced that it is creating a federal agency to keep tabs on and counter cybersecurity threats against the United States. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will be the clearinghouse for collaborative offensive and defensive work performed by the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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