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Knight Point Systems scores $902M DOD communications contract

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days 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 • 5 days 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 • 1 week ago

The technologies under development really run the gamut.

Pentagon to host industry day for commercial cloud acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 • 2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 • 4 weeks 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 • 4 weeks 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 • 4 weeks 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month ago

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

Increased demand pushes milCloud 2.0 to a February rollout

by Carten Cordell • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 2 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 • 2 months ago

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

Hackers find Air Force vulnerability for biggest government bug bounty reward yet

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The service paid the security professionals, Brett Buerhaus and Mathias Karlsson, $10,650 for discovering a flaw.

Trump signs Modernizing Government Technology Act into law

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The move fulfills a more than a year-long effort to allow federal agencies to reprogram unused budget allocation to fund future IT modernization projects.

Essye Miller named acting CIO at the Department of Defense

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 months ago

Miller will maintain some of her information security responsibilities as well, the DoD said.

Acquisition lead looks to save Pentagon tech from the ‘valley of death’

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Ellen Lord's focus is set on bridging the gap between engineers in labs and warfighters on the battlefield as Pentagon's acquisition office splits in two.

Nancy Norton nominated to succeed Alan Lynn as next DISA director

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Her impending directorship still requires Senate confirmation, and the Pentagon hasn't yet specified an end to her predecessor Lynn's term.

Committee issues policy on mobile use in secured spaces

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

The new directive simply allows for the use mobile devices in secured spaced, but "it doesn't mandate that these devices be allowed [there]."

Interoperability is passé — VA wants ‘seamless care’ with DOD

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

Simply achieving interoperability between VA and DOD is no longer the goal.

Air Force needs help bringing broadband to every U.S. base

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

The Air Force's lack of broadband on some installations isn't uncommon among the military services. It's a Defense Department-wide issue.

NDAA’s new protest pilot could send ripples through IT contracting

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The pilot could have significant impacts on IT procurement beyond the defense sector as federal agencies seek to curb the number of protest awards.

How the Air Force’s new technology accelerator grew out of a simple school project

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 months ago

Plus, one cofounder's thoughts on what this says about the future of innovation in government.

DOD wants to improve multi-factor authentication around the world — not just at the Pentagon

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

DOD wants to the rest of the world to benefit from its advances in digital identity assurance.

Virtualization the way of the future for Pentagon, DISA director says

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

The Defense Department is making a greater push to software-based virtualization for its networks and data centers.

Project Maven right on schedule, Air Force’s Shanahan says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

The team mantra is "start small, stay focused and win early."

CSRA team nabs $163M endpoint security contract from DISA

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

CSRA will be in charge of leading the Defense Department's detection, deterrence, protection and reporting on cyberthreats across its networks.

World Wide Technology wins $35M DIUx cyber endpoint management contract

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

The $35 million order is just part of a larger contract with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental.

Pentagon considering push to software-defined networking

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

The Joint Service Provider believes SDN may be the answer to its modernization needs.

In the Army, ‘discipline’ is the key to balancing IT modernization and maintenance

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

U.S. Army Chief Data Officer Thomas Sasala said setting a plan and sticking to it is crucial.

Trump names DOD’s John Zangardi as DHS CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

Zangardi most recently has been serving as the acting CIO of the Defense Department since his predecessor, Terry Halvorsen, left the department in February.

Defense Innovation Board narrows focus on culture change at DoD

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

Four "porto-recommendations" unveiled at a meeting on Tuesday center around skills and talent and empowering talent.

Quantum computing is coming for your encryption, it’s a matter of when

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

"It’s not something where we just see this is the United States and Russia and China. It’s all over the world and we are seeing billions of dollars being invested."

At Pentagon, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is for families too

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

DOD cyber officials want to pass along good cyber hygiene to their families departmentwide too.

Army picks AT&T for $37M communications contract

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The services will "make it easier for Army personnel to connect, collaborate and share information in support of daily operations globally," an AT&T release says.

CIO Crawford pivots Army to DevOps to address network woes

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The new Army CIO says he hopes to get the service's network acquisition back on track.

Pentagon sets ‘aggressive’ path to cloud with new steering group

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan issued a recent memo directing the creation of the DOD Cloud Executive Steering Group.

Air Force awards $1B CHES cloud contract

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

According to Dell EMC, it's the largest federal cloud-based unified communications and collaboration contract.

Derived credentials enable the perfect balance between security and user experience on mobile devices

by FedScoop Staff • 5 months ago

NIST-compliant multi-factor authentication reduces IT friction, improves security for government users of smartphones and tablets.

Zielinski named governmentwide IT category manager

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

He will replace Mary Davie, who was recently promoted to acting deputy commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service.

Adapt or die: The national security implications of a globalized tech market

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

The federal government needs to embrace global trends in the technology market or face irrelevance, officials and executives said.

Pentagon invests $17 million more in the promise of lasers

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 months ago

Senator Martin Heinrich announced the investment while in New Mexico last week.

DISA taps rear admiral as its new vice chair

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

The agency selected communications specialist Rear Adm. Nancy Norton to help oversee its information technology and cyber operations.

Watchdog: USAID e-pay program captures less than 1 percent of targeted Afghan customs revenue

by Carten Cordell • 6 months ago

After spending $161 million to help stop customs corruption, USAID officials find their electronic payment system has fallen short of expectations.

John Sherman appointed CIO of the intelligence community

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

Sherman will report directly to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Secretary Mattis ready to ‘enthusiastically embrace’ DIUx

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 months ago

"There is no doubt in my mind that DIUx will not only continue to exist, it will actually — it will grow in its influence and its impact on the Department of Defense," Secretary Mattis said while on a visit to Silicon Valley.

CIO Rob Foster departing Navy

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

Foster's last day is Aug. 19, before joining the National Credit Union Administration as deputy CIO.

Army finds a new CIO in Maj. Gen. Bruce Crawford

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 months ago

Crawford assumed the post on Aug. 1.

DISA to replace JHITS with Pacific telecom upgrade in 2018

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

The agency said that it planned to upgrade its telecommunications operations in the Pacific Rim next year with a shift away from legacy systems.

NGA cyber chief Pearce leaves agency

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

Pearce left NGA in June for new military orders at the National Security Agency.

Watchdog: Pentagon needs stronger guidance for IoT device security

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

A GAO report found that the DOD’s policies on Internet of Things devices aren’t sufficient enough to guard against their potential security risks.

NGA wants to crowdsource its emergency response at Austin hackathon

by Carten Cordell • 7 months ago

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is again reaching out to the public for some fresh ideas on how to use its data with hackathon series.