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DOD Formally Adopts Five Ethical Principles for AI

February 24, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Dana Deasy, the Defense Department’s CIO, speaks at AFCEA’s 2018 Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore. Credit: Michael Carpenter

The U.S. Department of Defense officially adopted a series of five ethical principles for the use of artificial intelligence.

Stavridis Warns of Russia and China Cyber Attacks

February 21, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), is an operating executive for The Carlyle Group and former supreme allied commander of NATO.

Potential adversaries target energy and finance as they seek to undermine the United States.

The Army Selects Cray to Provide High-Performance Computing Modernization

February 19, 2020

Cray Inc., Seattle, Washington, was awarded a $25,480,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Department of Defense high-performance computing modernization programs. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of August 13, 2025. Fiscal year 2020 other procurement, Army, funds in the amount of $25,480,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W912DY-20-F-0147).

DARPA Selects Two Six Labs for Research Project

February 19, 2020

Two Six Labs LLC,* Arlington, Virginia, has been awarded a $7,970,711 modification (P00008) to previously awarded contract HR0011-18-C-0134 for additional in-scope work under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency research project. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, with an expected completion date of September 2022. Fiscal year 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $850,108 is being obligated at time of award. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity. *Small Business

Space Operations Command Takes Over AEHF-5 Satellite

February 13, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Space and Missile Systems Center’s fifth Advanced Extreme High Frequency satellite, AEHF-5, in the faring of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V vehicle, launches last August at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The center has moved control of the satellite to the new Space Operations Command. Credit: SMC

The Space and Missile Systems Center has transferred its fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite to the new Space Operations Command.

Army Expands Mission of Cyber Directorate

February 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
U.S Army soldiers assigned to the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, bound toward an objective during a rehearsal for a 2018 combined live-fire exercise near Alexandria, Egypt. Brigade Combat Teams may not be the top priority for future budgets as wars are fought over longer distances. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Lefty Larime

The Department of the Army Management Office-Cyber is now the DAMO-Strategic Operations and encompasses electronic warfare, signals intelligence, mission command, fires and space for joint all-domain operations.

U.S. Army Sets Aside Money for Joint All-Domain Operations

February 12, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Soldiers from the Army’s 6th Ranger Training Battalion help a simulated wounded victim during a mass casualty exercise February 5 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The service’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget request seeks to support increased soldier lethality, readiness and modernization of capabilities. U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.

The ability to integrate operations across all warfare domains increases in precedence.

DISA Develops Closer Ties with Intelligence Agencies

February 12, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Defense Information Systems Agency and the National Security Agency are partnering more closely than ever to develop and deploy cybersecurity technologies. Credit: BeeBright/Shutterstock

DISA and NSA to introduce new cyber capabilities in the coming years.

Flexibility Key to NGEN-R SMIT Contract

February 11, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Navy information systems technician works on a computer in a Carrier Vessel Nuclear Information Technology space. The Navy is incorporating the mechanism in its new information systems contract to provide capability upgrades on the fly. Photo Credit: U.S. Navy

The ability to meet changing capabilities and doctrines highlights the multibillion award.

DOD Budget Invests in Cyber, Interoperability

February 10, 2020
The U.S. Defense Department has released a $705 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request that includes funding for cybersecurity, hypersonic weaponry, artificial intelligence and multidomain warfare. Credit: Defense Department photo

Department officials request $705 billion for fiscal year 2021.

Intelligence University Adds Advanced Data Curriculum

February 11, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Mark Bailey teaches a class in applied data science for intelligence at the National Intelligence University. (NIU photo)

Experts teach how to exploit intelligence data effectively.

DHS Evaluating Wildfire Sensors

February 10, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology directorate is working with four companies to develop sensors to help thwart wildfires threatening urban areas. Credit: U.S. Bureau of Land Management photo

Over the next six months, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate will assess prototypical wildfire sensor technologies from four companies.

Bringing Cyber into Space

February 7, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
“Defensive cyber operations will be our number one priority,” says Brig. Gen. Joseph Matos, USMC, J-6, U.S. Space Command, speaking of the command’s vital role in defending U.S. space-based assets and operations.

U.S. Space Command lays out its approach to defensive and offensive cyber capabilities. 

Growing Future Cyber Warriors

February 7, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Hands-on events, such as the Capture the Flag competitions at recent AFCEA chapter conferences, are helping to build the next generation of cybersecurity protectors. Credit: Shutterstock

Students improve cybersecurity capabilities through Capture the Flag events.

Enterprise Platform To Bridge the Technology Gap for the Air Force

February 5, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Maj. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, USAF, assistant deputy CIO, Digital Transformation, and assistant deputy chief of staff for Cyber Effects Operations, speaks at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium.

The service is currently conducting risk reduction assessments for enterprise-as-a-service investment meant to modernize.

LLNL Develops 3D 'Brain-on-a-Chip'

February 5, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Lead researcher Dave Soscia said the “brain-on-a-chip” device, designed and fabricated at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was designed to be easily reproducible. The lab has applied for a patent on the device and is looking to engage with potential collaborators to further develop it. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL

Engineers and biologists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a 3D “brain-on-a-chip” device capable of recording the neural activity of living brain cell cultures.

Air Combat Command Is All in on JADC2

February 4, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Christopher "Wedge" Weggeman, USAF, deputy commander, Air Combat Command (ACC), speaks at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Cyberspace Symposium 2020.

The command is experimenting with how to employ operations across all domains.

EA-18 Growlers Can Be Controlled Autonomously

February 4, 2020
Boeing and the U.S. Navy have demonstrated that one EA-18G Growler can be used to autonomously control two others. Credit: Boeing

Navy and Boeing demonstrate autonomous control during major exercise.

DLA Awards Minburn a Defense Enterprise Services Initiative BPA for Microsoft Licensing

January 30, 2020

Minburn Technology Group LLC,* Great Falls, Virginia, has been awarded an $18,191,117 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SP4701-20-F-0029) against a 10-year Department of Defense Enterprise Services Initiative blanket purchase agreement (N66001-19-A-0006) and General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule (GS-35F-309AA) for a Microsoft enterprise licensing agreement. This was a competitive acquisition with five responses received. This is a one-year delivery order with two one-year option periods.

BAE is Aiding Naval Integrated Communications and Information Systems

January 29, 2020

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Rockville, Maryland, is awarded a $10,536,004 modification (P00002) to a previously-awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-20-C-0003). This modification exercises an option to provide engineering and technical services for integrated communications and information systems radio communications for Navy ships, in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Webster Outlying Field, to support the integrated communications and information systems radio communications. Work will be performed in St.