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Army Cyber Center of Excellence May Change Name

August 22, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. Neil Hersey, USA, commander, of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, speaks at TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter
The change—if it happens—would follow the lead of the Army Cyber Command.

Training at the Point of Need Boosts Soldier Lethality

August 22, 2019
By Beverly M. Cooper
Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, USA, STE cross-functional team director, Army Futures Command, addresses the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Using commercial gaming and simulation technology, the Army improves training, terrain knowledge and readiness.

New Networks Embolden Adversaries, Add to Cyber Challenges

August 21, 2019
By Beverly M. Cooper
The AFCEA Women’s program convened a panel of cyber experts that included (r-l) moderator Col. Laurie Moe Buckhout, USA (Ret.), Corvus Group LLC; Gisele Bennett, Florida Institute of Technology;  DeEtte Gray, CACI International Inc.; Nancy Kreidler, director, cybersecurity and information, assurance, Army CIO/G-6; and Annette Redmond, acting deputy assistant secretary for intelligence policy and coordination, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Department of State. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Validating data and information is critical for technical security, but success will also depend on better education and culture change.

Partnerships Are Force Multipliers For Small Business

August 21, 2019
By Beverly M. Cooper
Small business experts discuss techniques to develop good partnerships during a small business panel at AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Moderating was (r) Brian Moore of EWA Government Systems. Panelists were (l-r) Rufus Gates, U.S Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command; Col. Laurie Moe Buckhout, USA (Ret.), president and CEO, The Corvus Group; Roy Rucker Sr., CEO and founder, TRECIG LLC; and Dawn Ross, chief information officer, Grimmer Technology and Operations. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Relationships, reputation and good homework open doors to defense contracting opportunities.

Army Signal Corps to See Major Changes

August 21, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Brig. Gen. Christopher Eubank, USA, commandant, Army Signal School, speaks on a panel at AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Service leaders seek to prepare signal soldiers for multidomain operations.

Army to Release Data Strategy Soon

August 21, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Gregory Garcia, the Army’s deputy chief information officer/G-6 and chief data officer, speaks at TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

U.S. Army officials expect in the coming weeks to release a data strategy that will be closely aligned with the service's existing cloud strategy.

An Imperative for Action Brings On Cyber Advantages

August 20, 2019
By Beverly M. Cooper
Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, sketches a graphic to detail his talk during AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Bureaucracy must step aside to enable information warfare operational success.

Make Room for Unconventional Cyber Warriors

August 20, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Air Commodore Elanor Boekholt-O’Sullivan, Royal Netherlands Air Force, speaks about the cyber work force during a panel at AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

International officials recommend introverts, students on the autism spectrum and middle-aged career changers for the cyber workforce.

DISA Delivers Capabilities to the Warfighting Edge

August 20, 2019
By George I. Seffers
A DISA panel discusses how the agency is delivering capabilities to warfighters at AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

DISA continues to add capabilities available to warfighters and to the broader Defense Department community.

Army Adding Information Dominance to Campaign Plan

August 20, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Gen. Paul Funk, USA, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, speaks at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

A U.S. Army strategy document currently being developed and due to be published this year will emphasize the need to dominate in the information realm.

Navy Creates More Powerful Information Management Position

August 19, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Sailors stand watch in the Fleet Operations Center at the headquarters of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet. The Navy has created a new special assistant position to coordinate service cyber efforts ranging from strategy to security. (Photo Credit: U.S. Navy Photo)

The U.S. Navy has seized a tighter hold on the reins of information technology with a special assistant overseeing four directorates guiding the sea service in strategic planning and security.

Multidomain Operations Challenge Traditional Strategies

August 16, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
During the radio rodeo, the C5ISR Center places industry radios into an operationally relevant field environment to assess their ability to operate on the move in a contested, multidomain environment. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo Courtesy of PEO C3T)

The modernization, proliferation and commoditization of electronics make contending with peer and near-peer adversaries more difficult, lethal and deadly.

DIA Aims for MARS as its Moon Shot

August 15, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., USA, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) director, describes how the agency’s new Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System, or MARS, will change the way intelligence data is processed and accessed.

The director of the DIA describes how his organization is bringing together stovepiped intelligence into a single entity known as the Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System, or MARS.

DOD Sponsors Artificial Intelligence Competition

August 15, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit is sponsoring a new competition to help advance artificial intelligence solutions for disaster relief. Credit: DIU

The military is looking for machine learning solutions that can process and analyze satellite and aerial imagery to assess damage from natural disasters.

Highlight Technologies to Support Federal Governmental IT CIO Solutions and Partners 3 Contract

August 14, 2019

Fairfax, Virginia-based Highlight Technologies was selected to be part of the $20 billion Chief Information Officer–Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) Small Business indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ), multiple-award contract vehicle, as part of the CIO-SP3 Small Business On-Ramp.

AI Offers Intelligence Pitfalls as Well as Advantages

August 13, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Segey Cherviakov/Shutterstock

The intelligence community is counting on AI to carry out its mission in the coming years, but the still-evolving technology offers many potential hazards that could cause more harm than good.

Air Force SMC 2.0 Effort Is Driving Innovation into Space

August 12, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Appearing at a Mitchell Institute event on Friday, Col. Dennis Bythewood, USAF, program executive officer, Space Development, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), says that the center’s SMC 2.0 effort is about getting rid of stove-piped program structures and flattening the organization to enable innovative and integrated space solutions for the military.

The Space and Missile Systems Center’s reorganization is still dependent on acquisition changes, leader says.

Capgemini to Support Governmental IT Modernization

July 31, 2019

McLean, Virginia-based Capgemini announced on July 31 that it would be supporting the government’s information technology (IT) modernization efforts. The General Services Administration (GSA) awarded the company a contract under a new multiple-award blanket purchase agreement (BPA), the Centers of Excellence Discovery and Assessment BPA for Cloud Adoption and IT Infrastructure Optimization.

Air Force Leader Looks to a 5th Generation Mindset for the Indo-Pacific

July 31, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The United States is keeping a close eye on adversaries in the Indo-Pacific Region, says Gen. Charles Brown, USAF, commander, Pacific Air Forces, speaking at yesterday’s Mitchell Institute event in Arlington, Virginia.

Commander in the Pan-Asian region is working to implement a modern outlook in a complicated atmosphere.

Encrypted Data Prevails in Innovation Showcase

July 29, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Judges and competitors gathering after the latest AFCEA innovation shark tank are (l-r) Robert Osborne, CTO of IMPRES Technology Solutions; judge Glenn Hernandez, national director of U.S. Cyber Challenge; judge Col. Laurie Moe Buckshot, USA (Ret.), president and CEO of Corvus Consulting; Nicholas Edwards, founder and CEO of winning company TunnelVue; Robert Stewart Jr., president and CEO of Federal Government Experts; and judge Bob Gourley, co-founder and CTO of OODA LLC.

The latest Innovation Showcase winner is a company that simplifies encryption methods to secure entire networks of data.

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