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DISA network to be 10 times faster with planned upgrade

by Carten Cordell • 8 hours ago

The agency detailed a plan to update its telecommunications network on Thursday, promising to increase its speed by tenfold with Ethernet capability.

New Army challenge seeks machine learning algorithms for better radio frequency analysis

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 9 hours ago

Soldiers need better tools for understanding the "vast amount of information" presented on the battlefield, the Army says.

Air Force CIO Shwedo promoted to Joint Staff CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 11 hours ago

The lieutenant general has served as CIO of the Air Force since June 2017.

NGA launches new open platform to access its data

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 days ago

GEOWorks gives large and small companies, academic institutions and other interested individuals an opportunity to access NGA’s data and tools.

New DIUx program to give acquisition professionals a crash course in rapid procurement

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 days ago

The HACQer program is another opportunity for the group to share its ideas about how to acquire technology in a way that's not traditional of the Pentagon.

Pentagon preps $8 billion cloud contract that’s not JEDI

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

The DOD wants to bring its enterprise communication, collaboration and productivity applications into the 21st century with a proposed cloud acquisition worth up to $8 billion.

Mac Thornberry wants to eliminate DISA

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

The legislation also calls to limit department senior executive service CIO roles to just five starting in 2021.

What’s impeding the DOD’s push for innovation? Turns out, a lot

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

In a hearing Tuesday, officials pointed to several problems limiting DOD's innovation and possible solutions.

In second draft, DOD stands firmly by single award for JEDI cloud contract

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

While the contract was amended in some places to reflect the more than 1,000 comments and concerns of interested vendors, the contract's single award acquisition strategy remains.

Defense agency calls for new nuclear detection tech

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The DOD’s key agency for combating weapons of mass destruction is requesting new technology solutions to detect a nuclear attack.

Pentagon hires software acquisition specialist

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Jeff Boleng will be part of the executive leadership team of Ellen Lord, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and sustainment

Pentagon launching joint office focused on artificial intelligence

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

DOD Secretary Jim Mattis detailed his aggressive agenda for Pentagon research and engineering.

Ex-Pentagon officials have doubts about billion-dollar JEDI cloud contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

By moving to a single cloud architecture, rather than awarding contracts to multiple cloud providers, DOD is limiting its ability to plan for failure and keep its systems a step ahead of adversaries, they said.

DARPA wants urban, autonomous drone and robot swarms

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The swarm of robots would be used to create a “safety bubble” around the area of operations.

Former JPMorgan exec named Pentagon CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Dana Deasy joins the Pentagon after spending a handful of years as CIO of JPMorgan Chase.

General Dynamics completes CSRA acquisition for $9.7 billion

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The deal makes General Dynamics IT the largest provider of technology services to the federal government by a hefty margin.

Air Force to outsource ‘low-hanging’ IT operations freeing airmen for cyber Mission Defense Teams

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

Private sector contractors have been tapped to run Air Force’s email servers so airmen can be placed in more critical Mission Defense Teams.

Inside DOD’s latest Hack the Pentagon bug bounty

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

This time the Pentagon wants hackers to find vulnerabilities in the Defense Travel System's public-facing websites.

DOD explores moving non-military financial management system to the cloud

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

DOD wants to move its Defense Agencies Initiative to some sort of cloud environment.

Tech Brief: Remove the multi-cloud barriers to your agency’s digital transformation

by FedScoop Staff • 4 weeks ago

A key step that federal agencies can take to operate across multiple clouds more efficiently is by leveraging the power of an enterprise-wide application delivery controller.

CACI drops CSRA bid, clearing path for General Dynamics

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

If approved, the CSRA and General Dynamics merger would result in the leading federal IT services provider.

Department of Navy consolidation shifts CIO role to military services

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

Thomas Modly said the move comes as part of his commitment to “implementing a culture of agility, accountability, and enhanced lethality with the Department of the Navy.”

Lawmakers want DOD to justify single-award move to commercial cloud

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

Congress is asking why there should be a "single award contract rather than creating an infrastructure capable of storing and sharing data across multiple cloud computing service providers concurrently."

First female director of DISA says leaders must ‘demand diversity’

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

It is not enough just to bring together people of different backgrounds, call it diversity and expect it to make any difference, Vice Adm. Nancy Norton explained.

GSA officials aim for flexible sweet spot in early e-commerce plan

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

GSA officials detailed prospective legislative changes needed to establish e-commerce portals in a conference call on Friday.

Shulkin confident VA will avoid early EHR pitfalls by learning from DOD’s mistakes

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

Shulkin said a finalized contract with Cerner could be coming soon, but first the department is addressing interoperability concerns.

After protest, TRANSCOM will move classified data to AWS cloud

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The contract stands to serve as a major foot in the door for AWS to prove its ability to host DOD's secret-level systems.

Army HQ’s transition to paperless is at ‘full mission capability’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

Even better, the office has seen a significant decrease in late tasks, project leaders say.

REAN Cloud claims it got no explanation for DOD cloud contract scaleback

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Needless to say, REAN Cloud LLC isn't very happy.

DOD defends its decision to move to commercial cloud with a single award

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The Pentagon's stance is that multiple awards would make the JEDI project too complex and too risky.

Finally, a look inside DOD’s commercial cloud JEDI contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

At an industry day, Pentagon officials detailed their vision for the JEDI contract. "We want to bring this to the warfighter," one official said.

Pentagon scales back massive cloud contract by more than 90 percent

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The department plans to narrow the scope of the five-year contract, originally worth $950 million, to just $65 million — a drawback of more than 90 percent.

Army must watch out for ‘collaborative swarms’ of drones, report concludes

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

The report has some suggestions for countermeasures, but those are only revealed in a classified version of the document.

DISA grants milCloud 2.0 provisional authority to host highly sensitive data

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Department of Defense components will now be able to use the agency’s newest cloud computing infrastructure on a provisional basis.

Nakasone: U.S. adversaries have no fear of reprisal for cyberattacks

by FedScoop Staff • 2 months ago

Paul Nakasone told senators at a congressional hearing Thursday that he doesn’t believe U.S. adversaries in cyberspace fear any repercussions for conducting hacking campaigns and cyber-espionage.

Cyber Command planning an analytics program called RAINFIRE

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The U.S. Cyber Command is seeking insights on joint analytics support capabilities it’s looking to obtain, including development and optimization.

DOD’s move to commercial cloud requires ‘revamp’ of risk management framework

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

In the current framework, there are more than 600 security controls, burdening the process of bringing an application online.

DISA touts SIPRNet move to virtual network

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Agency officials said converting the classified information network to a software-based virtual web will increase capacity while reducing its size.

Air Force awards first ‘Spark Tank’ to mid-flight refueling innovation

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

The challenge aims to encourage "intrapreneurship."

Knight Point Systems scores $902M DOD communications contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The Reston, Virginia-based contractor also won DISA's $298 million predecessor contract.

Army Research Lab RFI calls for IT modernization, cloud

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The ARL issued a request for information Monday for solutions to help update its 1.3 petabyte data storage environment.

These 10 companies are building ‘counter-drone’ tech in the Air Force accelerator

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

The technologies under development really run the gamut.

Pentagon to host industry day for commercial cloud acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The industry day will hopefully solidify how DOD plans to buy commercial cloud services across its enterprise.

DOD looking for the next GPS

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Satellite-based GPS has become "contested" and "vulnerable" and can no longer be relied on, a top Pentagon IT official said.

Trump taps Army’s Nakasone as next NSA, Cyber Command head

by FedScoop Staff • 2 months ago

FedScoop's sister publication CyberScoop reported in recent weeks that Nakasone was the favorite to land the job.

Shanahan on DOD’s commercial cloud: It’s ‘not our goal’

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

"Our goal is to get a lot of the data into an environment where we can start making better decisions," said the Pentagon No. 2.

Pentagon awards nearly $1B contract for cloud migration to REAN Cloud

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

The contract is based on a prototype REAN launched last year with the U.S. Transportation Command, helping migrate dozens of its legacy applications to the cloud.

Marines’ Crall takes DOD cyber adviser role; Bible in as acting CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Crall is taking the spot left empty by Maj. Gen. Burke “Ed” Wilson, who Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appointed as his right-hand man on cyber policy.

Pentagon No. 2 foreshadows future of ‘uncompromising’ cyber-hygiene

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

"We want the bar to be so high that it becomes a condition of doing business," Shanahan said of cybersecurity.

As DISA’s Lynn retires, Pentagon network defense becomes fully operational

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

One of Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn's key achievements was overseeing the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network to full operational capability.

After failure of EHR program, Coast Guard needs to find new solution ASAP, watchdog says

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 3 months ago

The agency spent nearly $60 million on an EHR rollout that ultimately came to nothing after five years of work.

DARPA taps software company for terrorist threat modeling

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

An Arlington, Virginia, software company has been tasked with helping DARPA build data models to help predict future terrorist attacks.

Security clearances process added to GAO list of high-risk programs

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 3 months ago

A big backlog of background checks and problems with IT security are among the key reasons for the decision, GAO said.

Pentagon enlists contractor to lead new commercial cloud acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

A Northern Virginia contractor will lead the acquisition of a commercial cloud platform across the Pentagon with DOD's Cloud Executive Steering Group.

A decade later, still no cybersecurity fixes for NextGen aircraft tracking

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

With a deadline to adopt new aircraft-tracking technology looming, the DoD has yet to fully address security concerns about its effect on military aircraft.

Defense Innovation Board formally moves forward with two new recommendations

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 months ago

This quarter's meeting also included updates to recommendations past.

Increased demand pushes milCloud 2.0 to a February rollout

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

Officials said they plan to launch milCloud 2.0 three months ahead of schedule.

DISA working on multi-factor authentication that includes how you walk, retiring director says

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

The Defense Information Systems Agency isn’t just leveraging biometrics to solve the problem of identity, it’s counting your steps to make it happen.

Pentagon cloud steering group gets new leadership ahead of landmark acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

The DOD Cloud Executive Steering Group will be chaired by Deputy Chief Management Officer Jay Gibson going forward.

Alfred Rivera retires after 25 years at DISA

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

Rivera joined DISA in 1992 and held many positions, including CTO, and later director, of its Computing Services organization.