Congress to Pentagon: What happened to the IT savings ideas?

Years after a Defense Business Board task force estimated the Pentagon could save $5 billion to $9 billion by fiscal 2020 through IT optimization, some members of Congress are asking what the Pentagon has actually done with that information.

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‘A strategic mistake’: Shulkin criticizes VA’s decision against unified health records with DOD

by Billy Mitchell • 4 days ago

David Shulkin called it a "strategic mistake" for the Department of Veterans Affairs not to move to an integrated, modernized electronic health record platform directly aligned with the Defense Department.

Despite open jobs, veterans face problems landing civilian cybersecurity roles

by Patrick O’Neill • 1 week ago

Low morale at places like the National Security Agency and high salaries outside of government drive personnel away from Washington, D.C., and into the waiting arms of Silicon Valley.

DIUx ‘moving faster than we ever expected,’ one of its partners says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 week ago

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental isn't slowing down, despite some reins Congress put on it last year, one of its managing partners said to FedScoop.

Why the DOD is trying to focus more on software, big data

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

‎The Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office is focusing more on software than hardware, and trying to pivot the department to becoming a data-driven organization, SCO Director Will Roper said Monday at SXSW.

Defense Digital Service open sources first project after revising strategy

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The Defense Digital Service is launching Monday its first project on Code.mil, a step in what its leader says is a crucial journey toward open source.

What it’s like to work with DIUx

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

Working with the government is often a sluggish process, but it doesn't have to be, says Brandon Tseng, co-founder and CFO of artificial intelligence company Shield AI.

WikiLeaks reveals alleged U.S. hacking operations in release of CIA documents

by Chris Bing • 3 weeks ago

In what is apparently the first in series of upcoming releases dubbed “Vault 7,” the controversial transparency organization claims that this will be the most comprehensive publication of confidential documents in CIA history.

Is the Pentagon’s IT leadership about to get murkier?

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

A new addition to Pentagon leadership created by the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act could change the way the department's chief information officer handles the job.

The barrier to mobility in classified situations? Policy, say SOCOM and former CIA officials

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

Policy hasn't kept up to accommodate technical solutions that would facilitate mobility in classified cases, said two officials on Thursday at the AFCEA Washington, D.C. Mobile Tech Summit.

Lawmakers troubled by cyber-enabled information warfare

by Chris Bing • 3 weeks ago

Lawmakers are searching for answers to how the U.S. government should counter cyber-enabled information warfare and other foreign propaganda efforts like those allegedly deployed by Russian intelligence services during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

DISA wants to take a page out of DIUx’s acquisition playbook

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

One of the Pentagon's main IT purchasers says it wants to copy the practices of a smaller, more nimble military office when it comes to rapidly funding new capabilities from industry.

After Harold Martin case, intelligence community seeks answers

by Chris Bing • 4 weeks ago

The case is causing leaders on Capitol Hill and in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to re-examine exactly how the government defends against insider threats.

NSA director wants to make it easier to use offensive cyber techniques

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

The head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command wants to see if in five to 10 years, offensive cyber operations can be fully integrated into the military's "operational tactical level."

Top U.S. intelligence official: Media is wrong about low morale

by Chris Bing • 4 weeks ago

The issue of sinking morale within the U.S. intelligence community is a myth fabricated by the media, said a top U.S. intelligence official who spoke Thursday at the National Press Club.

Code.mil, the Pentagon’s open-source initiative, is live

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

Developers will be able to review and collaborate on the Defense Department's unclassified code through its new Code.mil initiative.

Mattis looks to explore IT, cyber consolidation

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 month ago

President Donald Trump's new defense secretary is looking for ways to consolidate across the department certain business activities, such as information technology and cybersecurity.

First clinic launches DOD’s new electronic health record system

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 month ago

The Defense Department's new electronic health record system is up and running at a medical clinic at Fairchild Air Force Base, after a scheduling delay to continue fixing functionality problems and patching security vulnerabilities.

Pentagon hackers-for-hire take just 4 hours to find critical vulnerability in sensitive system

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 month ago

The Pentagon's swat team has hosted highly-publicized challenges to find flaws in department and military branch websites, but they also recently orchestrated a more secret, complex project.

Could data be a challenge reward? Intelligence agency official says it’s worth exploring

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 month ago

Using challenges or competitions to bring non-traditional companies into the fold is now a somewhat familiar tool for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, but its deputy director said Monday the agency is starting to think about how to use its vast quantities of data to drive them.

Report: NSA contractor allegedly stole armory of elite hacking tools

by Chris Bing • 2 months ago

Harold Martin reportedly compromised more than 75 percent of hacking tools that were stored in a secretive library used by the agency’s elite hacking unit.

NSA’s No. 2, its top civilian, will retire shortly

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

Richard Ledgett, deputy director of the National Security Agency, announced he will retire this spring.

Finding feelings: Intelligence agency lines up new tool for rooting out insider threats

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency plans to try software that "looks for emotion" in employees by analyzing text in emails, work chats, social media and more.

HHS gets Navy vet as new cybersecurity chief

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

Christopher Wlaschin retired after 28 years in the Navy in 2008 as a lieutenant commander and has held a variety of civilian jobs since, including several stints at major health care companies in his home state.

Trump’s White House: cyberweapons development is a ‘priority’

by Chris Bing • 2 months ago

President Donald Trump will prioritize the development of “offensive cyber capabilities,” offering new resources to U.S. Cyber Command to “safeguard our national security secrets and systems,” according to newly published information on the White House website.

Air Force cyber analysts will be getting virtual assistants

by Chris Bing • 2 months ago

A newly launched software product, developed by Arlington, Virginia-based cybersecurity firm Endgame, will provide security operators with personal virtual assistants.

On cyber issues, Obama’s Pentagon ‘matured’ as norms rapidly changed

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

In future conflicts involving U.S. forces, hybrid warfare incorporating disinformation operations like the election-season email hacks will be “the norm, not the exception,” and the government needs to be better organized to counter them, a senior Obama administration defense official told FedScoop's sister publication CyberScoop.

Kendall: Stop expecting the Hill to fix acquisition process

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

In trying to reform or regulate acquisition, the Hill normally does more harm than good, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official said on Tuesday.

Pentagon’s IT provider seeks insider threat protection

by Patrick O’Neill • 2 months ago

The Defense Department’s unified IT provider is on the hunt for insider threat protection cybersecurity solutions to answer lawmakers’ fears that the department-wide network consolidation did not do enough to protect against threats from within.

DOD CIO’s lowest performance mark? Data centers, he says.

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The Pentagon didn’t close as many data centers as its chief information officer would have liked, he said Wednesday.

Defense CIO Halvorsen staying on through February

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The Pentagon's IT chief talked progress on Windows 10, a CAC replacement and the department's readiness for a Trump administration as he gets set to retire.

Navy’s deputy CIO to retire

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

After nearly 33 years in government service, Janice Haith will retire in February.

DHS nominee Kelly mixes message on department’s cyber role

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

Kelly said reorganization and renaming of DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate to improve the department’s cyber capabilities would be a “top priority.”

Meet the man responsible for teaching some of the NSA’s best young hackers

by Chris Bing • 2 months ago

Carnegie Mellon University is to the NSA what the University of Alabama is to the NFL. And Professor David Brumley is CMU’s Nick Saban.

NSA’s Dukes will give ‘international flavor’ to nonprofit CIS

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

Curtis Dukes, the former head of information assurance at the NSA, says he will work to extend the reach of the nonprofit Center for Internet Security beyond U.S. borders now that he’s taken a post there after retiring following nearly four decades of government service.

Likely to miss data center goals, Army issues stringent new plan for closures

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Secretary Eric Fanning has laid out an explicit plan for the Army to achieve its data center closure and consolidation goals by 2018 — an effort that has otherwise made little progress in the past two years.

Pentagon should have direct access to its systems’ source code, Defense Innovation Board says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

Secretary Ash Carter's group of innovators made formal recommendations on Monday, including one to institute a policy on department access to source code.

Trump will put pressure on defense contractors, not Pentagon’s bottom line, analysts say

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The president-elect’s recent tweets might imply the military is headed for budget cuts, but Pentagon watchers say Trump will increase overall spending.

Putin ordered ‘influence campaign’ to damage Clinton, intelligence agencies say

by Chris Bing • 3 months ago

Russian intelligence forces under the order of Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a sophisticated influence campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to a newly released report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Air Force launches its digital services outpost

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

Continuing the trend of new military digital service teams, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the launch of the branch's "nerd cyber swat team."

NSA seeks pay bump for its ‘high-end, exquisite civilian talent’

by Chris Bing • 3 months ago

NSA Director Michael Rogers recently authorized the introduction of a specially tailored compensation package for the spy agency’s “high-end” cybersecurity workers.

‘A grave mistake’ — Rep. McCaul pushes back on Trump cyber-defense plan

by Chris Bing • 3 months ago

An influential Republican congressman is pushing back against President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to increase the Defense Department’s role in defending domestic computer networks.

Spy agencies: We can’t judge impact of hacking on election

by Shaun Waterman • 3 months ago

U.S. intelligence agencies have no way of measuring the impact of Russian hacking on the recent election result, the nation’s top spy told senators Thursday.

NSA’s top cyber-defender leaves after reorganization

by Shaun Waterman • 3 months ago

Curtis Dukes, the NSA official who headed up its cyber-defenders, the famed Information Assurance Directorate, has left the agency — a few months after IAD was merged with the offensive, eavesdropping side of the house, the Signals Intelligence Directorate.

Microsoft wins $927M contract from Pentagon

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

The company will provide technical support through a noncompetitive, single-award, firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.

Army launches its own ‘outpost’ of the Defense Digital Service

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

Expanding on the Defense Digital Service, Army Digital Service will work on bringing private sector talent in to solve the Army's biggest problems.

Twitter monitoring tool shies away from government surveillance use

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

Amid concerns over government surveillance of social media, Twitter said social media monitoring company Dataminr is terminating direct access to all fusion center accounts.

Former intel officials: Trump’s win is already hurting recruitment efforts

by Chris Bing • 3 months ago

Trump may have a detrimental effect on the U.S. intelligence community’s ability to both recruit new talent and retain career professionals, former intelligence officials said Wednesday during a panel discussion at the CATO Institute.

Hurd to lawmakers on Russian hacking intel: ‘We need to be really careful’

by Chris Bing • 3 months ago

The only sitting member in the House of Representatives to have served in the CIA is advising fellow lawmakers to tread carefully with the information they collect during ongoing investigations focused on Russian hacking related to the recent presidential campaign.

Pentagon experiments with open data strategy in new site

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

On the new data.mil, the Defense Digital Service wants to tell stories around DOD databases rather than just throwing them online.

Army’s cybersecurity director takes over as DOD CISO

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

Essye Miller replaces Richard Hale, who retired at the end of November, at the Department of Defense.

Hacker-hunting software earns Endgame nearly $19M from Air Force

by Chris Bing • 4 months ago

On Wednesday, the U.S. Air Force awarded an $18.8 million cybersecurity contract​ to a firm laden with talent from the intelligence community.

BlackBerry hires former Coast Guard CIO for cyber center

by Shaun Waterman • 4 months ago

Retired Rear Adm. Robert Day, Jr., the man hired by BlackBerry last week to lead its federal certification and compliance efforts, knows all about the crisis in the cybersecurity workforce — and not just from his time as CIO of the U.S. Coast Guard.

NSA’s best are ‘leaving in big numbers,’ insiders say

by Chris Bing • 4 months ago

Low morale at the National Security Agency is causing some of the agency’s most talented people to leave in favor of private sector jobs, former NSA Director Keith Alexander told a room full of journalism students, professors and cybersecurity executives Tuesday. The retired general and other insiders say a combination of economic and social factors — including negative press coverage — have played a part.

Former head of Trump national security team says big cyberattack is ‘inevitable’

by Chris Bing • 4 months ago

The man once responsible for leading the president-elect’s national security transition team warned this week that a “significant” cyber-event will occur during Donald Trump’s administration. This warning was shared with advisers to and other allies of the incoming commander-in-chief.

DIUx releases guidebook for developing tech quickly

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

The Pentagon's startup has been leveraging what it has coined a commercial solutions opening — and now they want to show you how you can too.

Three-quarters of DIUx funding under fire in authorization bill

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

The conference report for the annual defense authorization bill is not looking good for the Pentagon’s startup, DIUx.

Here’s how the Defense Digital Service is trying to support veterans’ medical records

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

About 20,000 documents went missing between the DOD and the VA. And the Pentagon's transformation team is working to fix it.

These senators are hoping to divide Cyber Command from the NSA

by Chris Bing • 4 months ago

A bipartisan measure introduced in the Senate seeks to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a combatant command.

Inside the Air Force’s new use of commercial cloud

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

A culture shift is taking root in the Air Force around delivering ground software capabilities, driven by the Defense Digital Service encouraging it to use commercial cloud for testing, officials said Monday.

Army breaks ground on new Cyber Command HQ

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

The new facility in Georgia will house the Army's cybersecurity operations, capability development, training and education in a single location.

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