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Greenspan Wins AFCEAN of the Year Award for Exemplary Service

July 27, 2020
By Chuck Griffith

amara GreenspanThe essential qualities of a good leader include integrity, accountability, humility, vision and positivity, and AFCEA is an excellent environment to grow leadership skills, according to Tamara Greenspan, this year’s winner of The General James M.

Intelligence Analysis Needs Course Change

July 27, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit Shutterstock/JoeZ

Evolving threats and new collection methods compel a shift in direction.

DHS Tool Helps Plan for and Counter Bomb Attacks

July 24, 2020
Army National Guard Chaplain Lt. Col. Henry Roberson (center) gives communion to search and rescue workers across the street from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the site of a 1995 terrorist attack caused by a fertilizer bomb. The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is building a modeling tool that will help officials plan for and counter attacks at special events. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Marvin Krause, U.S. Air Force

HExCAT helps public officials to plan for and counter attacks at special events, such as parades, elections, sporting events and inaugurations.

Intelligence Applies Ethics to Artificial Intelligence

July 23, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
As the intelligence community increasingly incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) to help sort through massive amounts of data, it must apply ethical principles to keep its AI use within proper confines. Credit: Shutterstock/SFIO CRACHO

With artificial intelligence growing in use across the intelligence community, the ODNI has issued a framework and basic principles for ethics in its widespread incorporation.

China’s Hong Kong Crackdown Spurs Indo-Pacific Distress

July 22, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S., Australian and Japanese forces participate in a trilateral exercise dedicated to a free and open Pacific. These and other nations are worried about China's aggression in the wake of the Middle Kingdom reneging on its 50-year promise of economic and political autonomy to Hong Kong. Credit: U.S. Navy photo

China's crackdown on Hong Kong has sent shock waves throughout the nations of the Indo-Pacific region, says the U.S. commander tasked with ensuring peace and security in that area.

Computer Scientists from Sandia Labs Invited to National Cybersecurity Showcase

July 20, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Vince Urias, Sandia National Laboratories computer scientist, will pitch cybersecurity tools to potential investors at a special Department of Energy event. Photo by Randy Montoya

Two Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists are earning national recognition for cybersecurity platforms they developed.

Army CECOM Tackles Outdated and Vulnerable Software

July 16, 2020
By George I. Seffers
A convoy of Army vehicles equipped with mobile Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) systems enable mobile mission command, advanced communication and real-time common operating picture from anywhere on the battlefield. WlN-T is one system supported by the Army's Communications-Electronics Command under new initiatives aimed at resolving issues with outdated and unpatched software.  U.S. Army photo courtesy of the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California

Three CECOM initiatives seek to solve vulnerable software issues that risk Army operations.

DISA Changes its Course Mid-Pandemic

July 17, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Carlen Capenos, director, Office of Small Business Programs at DISA, participates in a virtual event. DISA moved quickly into telework based on ongoing operations and preparations already in place when the pandemic struck. Credit: DISA

DISA was ready when telework became the new normal. Now, many of its pandemic-related measures are going to remain long after the virus has passed into memory.

U.S. Army Officials Aim to Win the War for Talent

July 15, 2020
By George I. Seffers
A U.S. Army specialist tracks and monitors flight hours for an RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle. Multiple Army initiatives aim to better attract and retain a talented workforce, including those with technical skills. Credit: U.S. Army

U.S. Army initiatives aim to better attract and retain talented personnel, including those in the technology arena.

DISA Expands Defense Networks to Homes During COVID

July 15, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Among an array of activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Information Systems Command supported the needs of the U.S. Navy ships Comfort and Mercy. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Bill Mesta/Released

In response to the pandemic, DISA added 63 new circuits, increased VPN access by 300%, and helped thousands of military personnel around the globe to work securely from home.

DOD to Offer Zero Trust Architecture This Year

July 15, 2020
By George I. Seffers
U.S. Defense Department officials intend to complete an initial zero trust architecture by year's end to improve cybersecurity, according to Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director, Defense Information Systems Agency.

Defense Department officials are developing an initial reference architecture for zero trust security.

Experts Talk Frankly About Contracting

July 16, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Maj. Nadine Quashie, USA, prepares to ask a question during a breakout session at a contracting symposium the 408th Contracting Support Brigade hosted at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Waters, USA

Small businesses must operate differently in the large—but potentially lucrative—contract vehicle world.

Fear, False Information Hinder Biometric Policy

July 15, 2020
By Rachel Lilly
Policy makers face challenges including false information, poor implementation and strong emotions when it comes to biometrics.

Efforts to produce evidence-driven, equitable and outcome-focused policies for biometric technology have been impeded by a lack of in-depth knowledge, poor implementations, false information and emotions running high.

Army Suggests Adding Five Eyes Nation Allies in JADC2

July 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
A Polish army officer talks with village elders in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan. U.S. Army officials are discussing the need to include international partners and allies in the Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept, which is expected to dramatically improve interoperability. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Micah E. Clare

"We’re going to add ‘C’ in front of JADC2.”—James McPherson, undersecretary of the Army

LTG Fogarty Stresses Command-Centric NetOps

July 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army's concept of command-centric network operations gives commanders greater authority and responsibility for network operations and relies on big data to enable faster, more effective decision making. U.S. Army photo

Protecting critical data is paramount to the Army’s vision for command-centric network operations.

LTG Crawford: COVID-19 Likely Affects Army's Future

July 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Soldiers stationed at Camp Casey conduct pre-screening processes on individuals awaiting entry to the base in South Korea, Feb. 26, 2020. The Army likely will see permanent changes to tactics, techniques and procedures due to the pandemic, says Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, the service’s retiring CIO/G-6. Credit: Sgt. Amber Smith

The COVID-19 pandemic likely will result in an array of permanent changes for the Army, affecting a number of areas, including training, teleworking and medicine.

Army CIO/G-6 Offers Peek at Service’s Near Future

July 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, the Army's soon-to-retire CIO/G-6, attends a working lunch during the Joint Warfighting Assessment on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., May 1, 2019. The CIO said during the Army’s virtual 2020 Signal Conference hosted by AFCEA that the time is right for the service to split the CIO and G-6 offices. Credit: Sgt. Torrance Saunders

Cloud computing, zero trust and end point security are Army priorities through the 2021 fiscal year.

Army Futures Command Builds Software Factory

July 14, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
A U.S. Army M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System sits during a demonstration at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany in February. The Army Futures Command is creating a software factory to train warfighters to code on the spot. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Denice Lopez

The command's new center aims to churn out adroit coders that can thrive in multidomain warfare.

Air Combat Command Pursues Zero Trust Architecture

July 14, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Put simply, zero trust architecture (ZTA) is a "standard security door, and it’s a door that we can put in front of any application on our networks,” says Col. James Lotspeich, USAF, chief technology officer, Air Combat Command (ACC), Directorate of Cyberspace and Information Dominance (A6). The ACC is pursuing two ZTA pilot programs to improve cybersecurity. Credit: Shutterstock/Gomolach

The command has two pilot programs underway to employ the cybersecurity tool.

Startups Push Aerospace Innovation

July 13, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Latest from startups presenting during Starburst Accelerator's U.S. Selection Committee offer innovative aerospace technology, including a new imaging sensor from Owl Autonomous Systems. Credit: Owl Autonomous Systems.

Technology accelerator event features blockchain, cybersecurity and propulsion systems.