The days of the United States’ stature as a force without equal appear to be over. The threat of near-peer competition with increasingly sophisticated adversaries is growing. As Secretary of Defense James Mattis says in the National Defense Strategy, "America has no preordained right to victory on the battlefield."
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Although GPS-enabled activity-tracking applications like Strava may help warfighters keep fit, the applications may also reveal important information about military bases or soldier locations. One application revealed a concentration of U.S military personnel at a base overseas when shared as social media postings.
Given the rising concerns, officials at the Pentagon announced at a January 29 press conference the DOD would be looking into the issue, according to a report from Jim Garamone of DOD News.
William S. Castle has been selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service and for assignment as the principal deputy general counsel, U.S. Department of Defense.
Molly L. Walsh has been selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service and for assignment as the senior adviser to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, U.S. Department of Defense.
Amber Smith has been selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service and for assignment as the deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for outreach, U.S. Department of Defense.
Derek J. Maurer has been selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service and for assignment as the senior adviser to the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs, U.S. Department of Defense.
Thomas A. Alexander has been selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service and for assignment as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for counternarcotics and global threats, U.S. Department of Defense.
Sharon Jones met her hero. It was in 1999, when she interviewed for a job at the Defense Information Systems Agency. Fast-forward 18 years, and Jones recently was honored with an award named for the very woman who, years earlier, inspired her.
This year Jones, now director of the DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs, received the Tracey L. Pinson Small Business Professional of the Year Vanguard Award in recognition of her commitment to the Defense Department’s small business mission—an award she was not even aware of receiving until two weeks before the April ceremony.
“Tracey helped me understand why it’s important to support small business programs,” Jones says.
The swiftly changing cyber domain demands a dynamic and dedicated partnership between the U.S. Defense Department and industry—a critical relationship for the development of both technologies and the work force needed to help the United States maintain a superior edge over adversaries, said John Zangardi, the department's acting chief information officer.
Common thread throughout many military efforts is industry parthernship, Zangardi says #AFCEACyber
Essye Miller will replace Richard Hale as the U.S. Defense Department’s deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity, based in Washington, D.C.
The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to leverage open source solutions and services to meet mission requirements, no matter where the tactical edge lies. Providing connectivity that enables high-performance, assured networking is critical, and is why defense and civilian agencies closely examine software-defined networking (SDN) as a solution.
SDN quickly is becoming the preferred method for organizations to achieve greater network situational awareness, a centralized point of control and the ability to roll out new applications and services—all while lowering operational costs.
Anne A. Witkowsky has been appointed as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for policy (partnership strategy and stability operations), Washington, D.C.
Rebecca Bill Chavez has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service as deputy assistant secretary of defense for policy (Western hemisphere affairs), Washington, D.C.
Amy Searight has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service as principal director for East Asia, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
Alan F. Estevez has been assigned as principal deputy undersecretary of defense (acquisition, technology and logistics), Washington, D.C.
Stephen W. Preston has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service as Department of Defense general counsel, Washington, D.C.
Marcel Lettre has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service as principal deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Defense Department has revamped its Telework Program for the civilian work force. Leaders at each Defense Department component now are required to promote telework within their organizations and to take all possible steps to overcome artificial barriers to program implementation. In addition, they must authorize telework for the maximum number of positions without compromising mission readiness and integrate telework into continuity-of-operations activities. These alterations to the former telework policy evolved out of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.
U.S. government agencies continue to expand their biometric identity management capabilities and their ability to share biometrics data among the various agencies and international partners, according to government officials speaking at AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.