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DISA Successfully Migrates First Round of JRSS Network Upgrades

October 8, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

After much anticipation and preparation, the Defense Information Systems Agency, along with the U.S. Army and Air Force, successfully migrated network traffic through the first of several Joint Regional Security Stacks at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

Experts Seek Advice to Protect Aid Workers from Ebola Epidemic

October 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A Defense Department-backed research effort seeks emergency expert input and advice on ways to help combat the Ebola epidemic. STAR-TIDES seeks input on methods that can help health care workers better protect themselves while providing better care to patients infected with the deadly virus. Input deadline for submissions is Wednesday.

Funding Puts DSCOVR Weather Satellite on Schedule for January Liftoff

October 2, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

U.S. Congress has approved funding to ensure the Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite system developed to monitor for potentially disastrous sun storms, is a go for a January space launch.  

DARPA Launches Project to Develop Prosthetic Limbs That Actually Feel

September 24, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

DARPA, the U.S. Defense Departments' primary research branch, is putting together teams of experts to embark on remarkable technology to make advanced arm prosthetics even more lifelike for amputees—technology that experts hope will send signals to the brain to indicate what the limb is actually feeling.

Rescinding DISA's Cloud Broker Role To Speed Up Process

September 23, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Having a single agency act as the cloud broker for the whole of the U.S. Defense Department's migration to commercial cloud services slowed the process too much, prompting a policy change to divvy up the duties among the services, says the department's acting chief information officer.

Cyber Has a New Look in the U.S. Army

September 23, 2014
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Army officially activated its Cyber Protection Brigade earlier this month, marking the first time the service has had such a unit. As the defensive operations enabled by the brigade ramp up, the Army now also has a cyber branch operating provisionally, which will change the way soldiers are assigned to cyber career fields.

Congressman: NOAA Should Rely on Commercial Data for Weather Forecasts

September 19, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

If a key weather satellite operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration goes down before its replacement launches, the agency needs to mitigate the forecasted gap in data collection by relying on commercial weather data, a U.S. congressman says.

Two Capsules to Serve as the Cure for Outsourced U.S. Space Transportation

September 16, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

NASA has awarded its long-awaited Commercial Crew Development contracts to Boeing and SpaceX to build the next generation of spacecraft that will deliver astronauts to the International Space Station beginning in 2017. The two firms will build, deliver and launch space capsules of their own design to provide human access to low Earth orbit.

NGEN Transition on Track, Program Ready for Potential Changes

September 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network, or NGEN, is on schedule to complete its transition on October 1. Yet, a few loose ends remain, and the entire system may undergo significant changes as the Navy girds for a dynamic, uncertain future.

DISA to Launch First Round of JRSS Network Upgrades

September 9, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Defense Department is primed to take a first step toward the realization of JIE as it gears up information migration to the joint regional security stacks, or JRSS, a key upgrade to streamline and secure network operations.

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