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Army's unified network plan

The Army is finishing its plan to create a “unified network” that links its enterprise IT architecture with tactical networks used by warfighters in the field. Creating a unified network is critical to achieving the Army’s goal of using data from the field to create a multi-domain operational system where soldiers on land can work seamlessly with fellow service members in the domains of sea, air, space and cyberspace, said Lt. Gen. John Morrison, the Army’s top uniformed IT official. Jackson Barnett has more.

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Agencies falling short on app rationalization

Cloud Smart mandated that agencies rationalize their applications prior to moving them to the cloud. But too often their chief information officers (CIOs) lack the data they need to make those choices, said Thomas Santucci, the director of the Data Center & Cloud Optimization Initiative project management office (PMO) within the General Services Administration. “Right now there are too many enterprise architects using Excel spreadsheets, collecting moment-in-time instances of all of their data collections,” Santucci said Wednesday. “Application rationalization takes a little bit more holistic approach in incorporating it into the acquisition process.” More from Dave Nyczepir.

A call for more commercial tech in government

The Alliance for Commercial Technology in Government launched this week to ensure that the United States leverages commercial technologies to accelerate progress and enhance the lives of all Americans. In an exclusive op-ed, executive director David Vorland explains why the government needs better, faster access to commercial technologies. Read Vorland's op-ed.

House proposes new State cyber bureau

The House's newly passed Cyber Diplomacy Act would require the State Department to develop a strategy for promoting norms in cyberspace around what behavior is acceptable in cyberspace. As part of that, the bill would carve out a top cyber diplomacy office at the State Department to help the U.S. better influence cyberspace globally. “In an increasingly connected world, we must have the proper structures in place to promote our values and interests in cyberspace,” Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher, who co-led the bill’s introduction, said in a statement. Shannon Vavra has more on CyberScoop.

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