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Criterion Systems Inc. Promotes Doyle to COO

October 2, 2020

Criterion Systems, Inc., Vienna Virginia, has promoted Charlie Doyle to chief operating officer.

Preparing for JEDI

October 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy, pictured speaking at the Pentagon in April, explained to reporters yesterday that the department has not heard anything back from the Federal Communications Commission about the disputed Ligado ruling. Credit: DOD photo by Marvin Lynchard

The Defense Department is moving forward with preparations for an enterprise tactical cloud, says the DOD’s top information officer.

President's Commentary: Immunizing Information Technology Against Future Pandemics

October 1, 2020
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

The vitality of information technology has been put on display, and changes it has wrought are going to help define the new normal.

Incoming: The Constant of Change Requires Action to Back Up Words

October 1, 2020
By Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, USA (Ret.)

In many organizations, the resistance to change is an enduring part of its culture—to the delight of adversaries and competitors.

Building a Federal Healthcare Data Hub

October 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
To roll out a massive cloud project of electronic health records in 93 days during the beginning of the pandemic required a team of teams from the Program Executive Office Defense Healthcare Management Systems and other organizations.  PEO DHMS

The Accelerated Migration Project moved petabytes of secondary healthcare data and related applications to the cloud, transforming access to DOD medical records.

NSF Project Gathers Hyper-Localized COVID Data

October 1, 2020
By George I. Seffers
New York City was one of the early hotspots for the spread of COVID-19. New York University researchers funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation have been studying human behavior near medical facilities to help inform policies on pandemics and other potential disasters.  GagliardiPhotography/Shutterstock

NYU researchers are studying the behavior of people leaving healthcare facilities, which could inform localized disease transmission models that can be applied to larger areas.

Planning for Surprise Permits DHS Pandemic Pivot

October 1, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Department of Homeland Security scientists serve as the first line of defense against the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mongkolchon Akesin/Shutterstock

When the coronavirus invaded America’s shores, scientists scurried to gather information. They’ve answered some of the critical questions, but some answers are yet to come.

The Navy Goes Parallel With New Digital Capabilities

October 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Navy operations specialist uses a radar system in a combat information center in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The U.S. Navy’s PEO C4I and Space Systems is focusing on parallel development of digital assets and capabilities to speed innovation to the fleet. Credit: U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy is focusing on parallel development of its new digital assets and capabilities as it works to rush advanced information innovations to the fleet.

Disruptive by Design: Managing Signatures for Expeditionary Advanced Base Ops

October 1, 2020
By Brian Kerg

As a way to provide sea denial in support of naval operations, expeditionary advanced base operations are the Marine Corps’ bid for success in disrupting the fait accompli strategies of great power competitors. While highly promising, this concept possesses a critical vulnerability: signature management.

Security in the Cloud Requires Zero Trust Architecture: Sponsored Content

October 1, 2020
By Shaun Waterman

The cyber attack surface will expand as the remote workforce and the tools they use become new vectors for adversaries.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Define Army’s Future

September 24, 2020
By George I. Seffers
An Area-I Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated, Unmanned System, or ALTIUS, is launched from a UH-60 Black Hawk at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, March 4 where the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center led a demonstration that highlighted the forward air launch of the ALTIUS. Courtesy photo provided by Yuma Proving Ground

Artificial intelligence systems worked well during the Army Project Convergence exercise. The network and small quadcopters, on the other hand, need some work.

SMC Selects Northrop Grumman in $300 Million Strategic Satellite Effort

September 22, 2020

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $298,044,362 firm-fixed-price Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications contract.  This contract provides a payload to develop hardware and software. Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California, and is expected to be completed May 2025. This is a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $31,190,000 are being obligated at the time of award.

Lax Cybersecurity Threatens Missions

September 25, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Enterprisewide Risk Management (ERM) consists of the formal identification of major risks to the organization’s mission.

Cybersecurity is now a significant area of focus to senior leaders who have witnessed significant financial and reputational damage from adversaries.

U.S. Space Force Defines Its Echelons

September 22, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Space Force will grow to about 16,000 warfighters, civilians and contractors. Top military leaders, including, Gen. John Raymond (l), commander of United States Space Command and Air Force Space Command; Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett (c); and previous Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein, sign memorandums to authorize the service last December. Credit: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs, Photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett

The service’s force organization will be lean but powerful, operations leader said.

NASA and U.S. Space Force Announce New Memorandum of Understanding

September 22, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announce a new memorandum of understanding between the two organizations during a virtual event hosted by the Mitchell Institute.

A new memorandum of understanding was announced today by NASA and the U.S. Space Force during a Mitchell Institute virtual event.

China’s Insecurity Masks Budding Superiority

September 22, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Ships of the U.S. Navy, the Indian Navy, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Republic of Philippine Navy transit through international waters in the South China Sea. Nations increasingly are working together in the face of Chinese aggression in the region. Credit: Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force

China may claim that its global supremacy is inevitable, but it still is plagued by insecurity and doubt.

The Intelligence Community Needs Diversity NOW

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A panel of five intelligence community members related their own personal experiences as they discussed the need for diversity during the final session of the 2020 Intelligence and National Security Summit.

Diversity has assumed utmost importance societally. The same urgency applies to the intelligence community.

AI Looms Large in Race for Global Superiority

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/stefano carniccio

Russia, China and the United States are in a race to develop artificial intelligence. But their paths, as well as their goals, are vastly different.

The National Security Implications of Climate Change

September 18, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Climate change and the damage it inflicts have profound implications to national security, experts say. Credit: Shutterstock/Sepp Photography

Risk to the U.S. military and the nation abound from direct and indirect weather impacts as well as from near-peer adversary actions.

Pandemic Refocuses Corporate Attention on New Employee Areas

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/ImageFlow

Companies supporting the intelligence community are taking a different look at work methods.

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