Defense Operations Blog

There's Money to Fund Cyber—For Now

March 22, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Members of the Air Force's Task Force Cyber Secure talk about challenges to securing weapons systems during the TechNet Air symposium., Col. Gary Salmans, USAF, senior materiel leader of the Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division within Air Force Materiel Command, says resources are available to fund cyber—for now.

Cyber right now is the the cat’s meow—a notion sure to keep funding flowing for technological solutions, at least in the near term, to counter the emerging threats, according to Col. Gary Salmans, USAF, at AFCEA's inaugural TechNet Air symposium in San Antonio.

Pacific Fleet Bears Brunt of Maritime Challenges

February 18, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

The stresses facing the U.S. Navy are magnified in the Asia-Pacific region where most of the forward-deployed fleet will find itself in the near future. Two peer rivals, maritime challenges to international law and diverse threats confront the Pacific Fleet to an increasing degree.

Navy Modernizes Amid Budget Limitations

February 17, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy will not receive the funding it needs, but it still is moving forward on key modernization plans.

Partnering Key to Global Security

February 17, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

The 20th century way of building walls for security failed dismally, leading to two devastating world wars. The key to security in this century is partnership among nations.

North Korea Tops Threat List

February 17, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

North Korea leads a diverse list of significant threats around the world.

CERDEC to Host 2-Day Rally with Industry

January 6, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center will host a two-day technical interchange meeting with industry to identify and align mutually beneficial research and development investments. Registration begins on February 1.

Information Assurance Under Attack: How Commercial Space Can Help

December 30, 2015
By Lesley M. Rahman
Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida clear and secure the Eastern Range for the 2013 United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV Heavy liftoff from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket was carrying the sixth WGS satellite for the U.S. military.

Satellite communications have never been more vital to the security of our nation, or under such assault. Recent increases in aggressive and targeted interference have put the continuous connectivity of government satellite communications in question. Guest blogger Lesley M. Rahman offers a solution.

Looming Challenges in 2016 for the C4ISR Market

December 10, 2015
By Cyndi Thomas
With electronic attack, adversaries now can deny use of command and control systems across all domains. Illustration courtesy NCI Inc.

The United States' dependence on valuable space assets and the nation's critical need to maintain superiority in C4ISR disciplines have also made these fields somewhat of an Achilles' heel. The country had long held technological and capabilities advantages over the rest of the world. According to guest blogger Cyndi Thomas, those days are gone.

Advanced Satellite-Based Waveform Improves Connectivity at Talisman Sabre

November 30, 2015

U.S. military and the Australian Defense Force noted improved connectivity while testing an advanced Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) waveform technology during the Talisman Sabre 2015 joint training exercise.

C3 Key to Asia-Pacific Stability

November 19, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

U.S. Marines and their allies in the Asia-Pacific region must maintain effective C3 both to maintain connectivity among forces and to ensure that miscalculations do not lead to more severe confrontations.

Country Dynamics Are Changing Pacific Security Picture

November 17, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Some U.S. allies in the Asia-Pacific region have strengthened their defense commitment; new allies are emerging, but some relationships have soured as a result of actions elsewhere, according to the deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Flyaway Blimp Grounded

October 28, 2015
By George I. Seffers
A JLENS aerostat is seen here on White Sands Missile Range. Earlier today, a JLENS aerostat detached from its mooring and has since been grounded.

Earlier today, a JLENS surveillance system aerostat detached from its mooring station in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and is currently located approximately northeast of Washington, D.C., over Pennsylvania.

NIST Seeks Comments on Guidance for Protecting Access to Information Systems

September 30, 2015
By George I. Seffers

NIST seeks comment on draft guidance for attribute-based access to networks and computers.

DISA to Enforce DOD Email Mailbox Size Limits

August 5, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
The Army completed the bulk of migration to the DOD Enterprise Email in July 2013. Size limitations will be enforced for mailboxes beginning October 1.

Get ready to clear out the email inbox—because size matters. Effective Oct. 1, DISA will enforce size limits of military mailboxes. Users who exceed the limits will receive warnings to reduce mailbox size; ironically by receiving an email.

Solving the DOD Network Visibility Crisis

July 15, 2015
By Davis Johnson

In the Defense Department, networks carry critical information and applications from a data center to the battlefield. Guest blogger Davis Johnson from Riverbed Technology addresses how ensuring the apps travel quickly and securely over the vast networks is not only mission-critical—it can mean the difference between life and death.

Embracing Data Center Consolidation with Holistic, Integrated Monitoring

March 27, 2015
By Chris LaPoint

Just when you thought consolidation was a good thing. Guest blogger Chris LaPoint addresses the issue caused by consolidation of federal data centers and the added workload for administrators of the remaining centers who must manage the growing infrastructure—and all of the problems that brings—while still meeting service levels required by end users. 

Man-powered Submarine Debuts in Netherlands

March 23, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor
The WASUB team prepares for the Undersea Defence Technology 2015 competition.

A team of students from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, will use this year's Undersea Defence Technology exhibition to present a revolutionary man-powered submarine. The group, known as WASUB, designed the craft to break the world speed record for a single-person propeller driven submarine. 

Harnessing the Power of IT Interoperability

February 26, 2015
By Ed Bender
U.S. soldiers work on a Mission Event Synchronization List in the Joint Cyber Control Center during Operation Deuce Lightning in 2011.

Guest blogger Ed Bender from SolarWinds outlines the steps the U.S. Defense Department should take to secure and streamline information networks successfully toward the realization of the JIE. The department must strive for greater interoperability of NetOps and other IT management tools within the services.

Naval Aviation Focuses on Information Technology

February 11, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Information technology systems, elements and methodologies are becoming more of a factor in U.S. naval aviation. Virtual capabilities are supplanting physical training, and new architectures may allow faster incorporation of new technologies.

DISA's Mark Orndorff, Mission Assurance Executive, Retires

January 30, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Mark Orndorff, the mission assurance executive and program executive officer for mission assurance and network operations at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), bids farewell to colleagues today as he retires.