Technology

December 12, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Podcasts are the audio on-demand equivalent of video these days. They are a bit more portable because anyone with a smartphone or tablet can tune in and catch up on episodes—not only all the time but also wherever they want. It’s a bit difficult to watch a movie while driving, although it’s been done. Podcasts also feature one other capability that on-demand viewing does not facilitate: audience participation.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

A new system finally may enable high-level information sharing among coalition partners by eliminating fears that the wrong partners might access another partner’s valuable data. The Regional Domain Awareness joint concept technology demonstration would allow unclassified information sharing with built-in access control.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Even when interoperability challenges are not technical in nature, technology can help overcome the problems. Using cognitive interoperability may allow personnel to avoid thorny cultural issues that plague many attempts at interoperability.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Establishing a clear and effective mission partner environment (MPE) will require careful planning to avoid the development of new silos amid the Joint Information Environment (JIE). Ultimately, a Defense Department planning group may hold the key to success.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Defense Department will be greeting Christmas this year with its first wireless network inside the Pentagon. On December 23, a test network will be switched on to help lay the groundwork for departmentwide wireless connectivity.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

On Monday, December 15, the U.S. military services will be notified that they no longer have to go through the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for cloud services, according to the Defense Department’s acting chief information officer (CIO). Terry Halvorsen told the Tuesday luncheon audience at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014 in Honolulu, being held December 9-11, that Monday’s memo will tell the services they have the authority to buy cloud services without DISA’s approval.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The success of the Joint Information Environment (JIE) may depend on the successful implementation of the Joint Regional Security Stacks, or JRSS, according to the Defense Department acting chief information officer (CIO). Terry Halvorsen told the Tuesday luncheon audience at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu, that JRSS implementation is his office’s top priority for the JIE.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

A new term for interoperability may have emerged from the office of the U.S. Defense Department’s chief information officer (CIO). Intercollaborability was described to the Tuesday luncheon audience at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu, by Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department acting CIO.

Halvorsen explained that cooperation happens when people want to protect their piece of the pie, while collaboration occurs when people think there is more of the pie. Intercollaborability describes the combination of collaboration and interoperability.

November 20, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., today announced the consolidated screening list (CSL), a streamlined collection of nine different screening lists from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury that contains names of individuals and companies with whom a U.S. company may not be allowed to do business due to U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other restrictions. The CSL is designed to make it easier for U.S. companies to comply with export laws.

November 19, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman officials say they are developing a new kind of cyber system—a disposable system tailored for a single mission. The concept, they say, will make it more difficult for adversaries to penetrate or maneuver inside user networks.

November 19, 2014
 

Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $15,577,396 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5103) to incrementally fund the Aegis Platform Systems Engineering Agent (PSEA) activities and Aegis Modernization Advanced Capability Build (ACB) engineering.

October 31, 2014
 

NCI Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, recently announced it was awarded three firm-fixed price task orders and one cost-plus-fixed-fee task order aggregating $10.9 million under the Total Engineering and Information Systems III contract for information technology services in support of the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command. These task orders represent both new and follow-on work for NCI at U.S. Army locations worldwide, and each task order consists of a 12-month base period and one option year.

November 4, 2014
By Chris LaPoint

When a mission-critical application experiences an outage or severe performance degradation, the pressure on the agency and its information technology (IT) contractors to find and fix the problem quickly can be immense. Limited holistic visibility into the status of the underlying IT infrastructure in a high-stakes situation can result in interdepartmental finger-pointing and delay in resolution, so narrowing down the root cause of the problem wherever it exists within the application stack (appstack) and enabling the appropriate IT specialists to quickly address the underlying problem is essential.

October 24, 2014
 

The Center for Information Technology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $15 million, prime contract to Mind Over Machines Inc., Baltimore, for information systems development, application maintenance and production support of systems that serve tens of thousands of users across all scientific and administrative functional areas of the NIH. 

 

October 22, 2014
 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the "U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II," which focuses on strategic and tactical objectives to support the federal government’s accelerated adoption of cloud computing.

The road map leverages the strengths and resources of government, industry, academia and standards development organizations to support technology innovation in cloud computing, according to a written announcement from NIST.

October 22, 2014
 

Reginald Brothers, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undersecretary for science and technology, today announced the new visionary goals for the department’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate.

October 22, 2014
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Information Systems Sector, Communications Division, San Diego, is being awarded a $36,992,663 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-15-D-0038) for Service Software Support Activity (SSA) engineering services for test systems software management, development, and software support; SSA engineering services for the Common Data Link Management System, Next Generation Command and Control Processor and related programs; and software engineering, development, test, and integration support for Common Link Integration Processing software development.

October 9, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

It’s fall and for many this time of year means apples, pumpkins and long drives to take in the changing colors of the autumn foliage. For some parents of high school seniors, however, this time of year also means scouring Scholarships.com and Fastweb searching for answers (and applications) to the question, “If my son/daughter gets into the college of his/her choice, how will we pay for it?” Simultaneously, they are pulling together the information for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.

September 17, 2014
By Rita Boland

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to replace its Automated Biometric Identification System, or IDENT, in the next two to four years, an official with the department says. IDENT is DHS's central system for storing and processing biometric and associated biographic information for various homeland security purposes.

September 15, 2014
 

ASM Research Incorporated, an Accenture Federal Services Company, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,723,444 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop and map Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Joint Centralized Credentials Quality Assurance System (JCCQAS). The contractor will develop a prototype to enable the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to uniformly manage credentialed healthcare providers using a single interagency system for the Defense Health Agency Defense Health Services Systems Clinical Support Division.

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