News Briefs

November 14, 2011

The Pentagon's TRICARE office is offering assistance to nearly 5 million people who may have been affected by a recent data breach contractor Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) reported.

November 1, 2011

A new strategy for certifying commercial launch vehicles aims to expand the number of companies qualified for space launch missions. The entrant launch vehicle certification strategy is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office and NASA.

October 26, 2011

One of the government's premier scientific research institutions is focusing its resources on defending computer systems against cyberattackers. The Sandia National Laboratories has concluded a recent two-day conference on cybersecurity by announcing plans for a new Cyber Engineering Research Institute (CERI) that will have a presence on both Sandia campuses in New Mexico and California.

October 20, 2011

(ISC)², the not-for-profit information security professional body that administers the Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification, announced this week the winners of its eighth annual U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards.

October 13, 2011

Registration for the Team America Rocketry Challenge-the world's largest student rocket competition-is open through November 30. The first 1,000 teams of three to 10 students will be accepted.

October 5, 2011

U.S. Army researchers have enhanced the Talon robot with an array of technologies to make the system more autonomous. Upgrades include inertial navigation and Global Positioning System technologies, a 306-degree camera system and laser radar, upgraded power distribution boards, an e-stop system, Ethernet radios, control computers and software for running the system.

October 4, 2011

A four-legged robot prototype designed as a pack mule for the U.S. military shows off its skills in a newly released video from Boston Dynamics. The completed robot will carry 400 pounds of payload on 20-mile missions in rough terrain. It operates without a driver, automatically traveling to designated locations using sensors and a Global Positioning System.

September 29, 2011

One more sign that the American military presence in Iraq is winding down: an Armed Forces Network(AFN) radio station is now off the air. After 8 years broadcasting in Baghdad, AFN-Iraq--better known as Freedom Radio--presented its final morning program on September 23 and now relays a satellite feed of AFN Europe.

September 12, 2011

Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory have discovered methods to make teensy robots perform an array of tasks on command.

September 8, 2011

Cybercrime legislation should be technology agnostic to ensure technological advances do not make the laws obsolete, says James A. Baker, deputy attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department. Baker testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a September 7 hearing on updating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to combat emerging cyberthreats.

September 6, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has unveiled the Digital Transportation Exchange, in which citizens, industry, all levels of government, and other stakeholders are invited to design "a thriving online marketplace for the agile creation of transportation solutions."

August 19, 2011

A science-based software tool for the iPad allows first responders to learn from models of building damage and other conditions that occur after a disaster. Developed by Sandia National Laboratories, the Standard Unified Modeling, Mapping and Integration Toolkit (SUMMIT) enables firefighters, medics and police officers to visualize damaged buildings.

August 10, 2011

The U.S. Army has linked military radios and chat systems with cell phones, instant messaging and other commercial products that can facilitate communications among the U.S. military and NATO allies. Using Lync 2010, a Microsoft collaboration product, the capability will enable warfighters in command posts or on patrol to know who is online and the best way to reach them-either by computer, radio, chat or phone.

August 3, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

An agreement between the two largest civilian employers in the Defense Department expands hiring programs for disabled veterans.

August 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Defense Department faces many hurdles in its effort to protect and defend government computer networks. According to an unclassified version of a previously issued classified report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), several cyberspace capability gaps exist.

May 4, 2011
By Max Cacas

The Pentagon has begun to reassign some organizations within the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) as part of its planned shutdown as a four-star combatant command later this summer.

July 12, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Signal Corps 150th anniversary celebration continues in style as top officials take to the U.S. Army Signal Regiment's Facebook page to send out special birthday wishes.

June 8, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

The recently formed Interagency Alternative Technology Assessment Program (IATAP) announced last Friday it plans to collect and review oil spill response solutions from scientists and vendors.

May 19, 2010

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has awarded 11 contracts totaling $6.6 billion as part of its Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise, or SITE. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts will last five years and extend across the defense intelligence enterprise and the intelligence community.

April 26, 2010

The Defense-wide Information Assurance Program has published an Information Assurance (IA) Policy Chart on the Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center (IATAC) website.  The program's goal for the publication is to capture the large breadth of applicable policies, some of which IA personnel may not know, in a convenient organizational scheme.

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