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

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.

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

by Carten Cordell • 5 days 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 • 6 days 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 week 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 • 1 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 • 3 weeks 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 • 3 weeks 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 • 3 weeks 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 • 3 weeks 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 • 4 weeks ago

The challenge aims to encourage "intrapreneurship."

Knight Point Systems scores $902M DOD communications contract

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks 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 • 4 weeks 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 month ago

The technologies under development really run the gamut.

Pentagon to host industry day for commercial cloud acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 1 month 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 • 2 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 • 2 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 • 2 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 • 2 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 • 2 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 • 2 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 • 2 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 • 2 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 • 2 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 • 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 • 3 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 • 3 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 • 3 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 • 4 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 • 4 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 • 4 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 • 4 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 • 4 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 • 4 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 • 4 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 • 5 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 • 5 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 • 5 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 • 5 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 • 5 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 • 5 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 • 5 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 • 5 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 • 5 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 • 5 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 • 6 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 • 6 months ago

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