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NYC to Build Citywide Network Offering Free Wi-Fi

May 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

New York City wants to build a citywide network of Internet hotspots offering free Wi-Fi to replace the city’s aging network of payphones. The endeavor will supply all five boroughs with free access and is predicted to create local jobs for the development, according to city officials.

Congressman Wants New Defense Office Solely for Unmanned Systems

May 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A bill introduced this week in the House of Representative would compel the U.S. Defense Department to create an office specifically to oversee unmanned systems strategy. Introduced by Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), the creation of the office is part of the Asia-Pacific Region Priority Act.

The Bottom Line: JIE Revolutionizes Transformation

May 15, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The military’s evolving environment stands on the strong shoulders of the past to reach for the clouds.

FirstNet Ready for State Consultations for Development of Nationwide EMS Network

April 30, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

FirstNet, the independent authority tasked with building a first-ever, nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety, announced Wednesday a huge initiative toward realization of the network.

Guest Blog: Let Go of Central Control to Increase Network Security and Visibility

April 30, 2014
By Chris LaPoint

In large federal organizations, tension always exists between local and central personnel who have different priorities, available resources and levels of control. In the U.S. Defense Department, that tension is especially apparent between the information technology professionals at the local level and the folks who oversee all of an agency’s operations.

Bypass Phone Maze for Faster Customer Service

April 29, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Few things are more frustrating than contacting big companies to reach customer service. The GetHuman app promises to make the process less painful by providing the best phone number or email address to avoid the usual frustrations.

The Dog Ate My Interview!

April 29, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea, USMC, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, is a busy man. He travels a lot. He meets with a lot of high-ranking, important people. So what happened when the dog literally ate Technology Editor George I. Seffers' interview with the general?

Students Launch Anti-Radiation Experiment Into Winner's Circle

April 25, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

High school students from Hampton, Virginia, not only carried off top honors Friday in the Exploration Design Challenge but will work with the NASA and Lockheed Martin spacecraft integration team to have their anti-radiation concept approved to fly into space.

Mission Partners Unite for JIE Imperative

April 24, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

The Joint Information Environment (JIE), under development by the U.S. Defense Department, is at a critical stage in its formation. At the JIE Mission Partner Symposium May 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center, senior leaders from DISA, the Defense Department Chief Information Office and the Joint Chiefs of Staff among others will address the way ahead for the JIE.

Guest Blog: A Brief Look into the Cybersecurity Framework

April 23, 2014
By Matthew Smith

Whether a well-established company or one just getting started with cybersecurity risk management programs, those in the industry often can use a little help navigating the cumbersome and technical systems. This snapshot features pointers to clarify existing guidance and help organizations manage cybersecurity risk.

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