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Managing Change At The Pentagon

At a time when spending reductions, winding down two decade-long wars, and new threats from new adversaries is the "new normal"; one of the Defense Department's challenges is managing amidst all this change. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers," we'll talk to Kevin Scheid, Acting Deputy Chief Management Officer with DOD about new initiatives to manage the largest federal agency. Hear how a shift in responsibility for business system IT has changed the job of one top DOD official. Plus: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, working on a roadmap to improve management of the Department of Defense.

Tags: Kevin Scheid , Max Cacas , AFCEA Answers

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 01:22pm EDT
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Debriefing the Coast Guard CIO

Whether it's network bandwidth, acquisitions, cybersecurity, or the Joint Information Environment, Rear Admiral Bob Day, Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard has been involved in answering the service's information technology challenges. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers", Adm. Day, who also serves as Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, reflects on his 5 years as CIO, and his 34 years of military service as he prepares to retire this summer. He considers IT to be a "mission enabler" for the Coast Guard, and points to the recently deployed "Rescue 21" shipboard communications system, which he says, "is taking the ‘search' out of search-and-rescue."

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Rear Adm. Robert E. Day Jr

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 01:45pm EDT
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Building An Information Sharing Framework

When minutes count, timely information sharing could be the difference in stopping terrorists and saving lives. This week on "AFCEA Answers", we'll talk to Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. His office spearheads an effort to make possible information sharing between Federal, state and local law enforcment. Its part of a trend toward rapid and secure sharing of critical data when time is of the essence.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Kshemendra Paul

Friday - 02/21/2014, 09:14am EST
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Cloud forecast means changes for federal IT workers

As government agencies migrate to cloud computing and other new technologies, the information technology workforce requirements are changing.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , cybersecurity , workforce , Megan Schmith , GSA , RAND , TechAmerica , management , Stephanie Wasko ,

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:46pm EDT

DoD to test cloud security requirements above, beyond FedRAMP

DISA is working with the services to identify a mission-critical application in the cloud to ensure the additional requirements for Level-3 security are appropriate and achievable. Meanwhile, the FedRAMP program office is beginning to consider what the program will look like in two to three to five years.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , cloud computing , Maria Roat , GSA , DoD , Kevin Dulany , FedRAMP , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Building On A Solid Cybersecurity Framework

With stories of cyberattacks making the news almost daily, it has become more important than ever to protect the critical infrastructure supporting private industry. That's the goal behind a cybersecurity framework mandated by President Obama, developed by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), and now being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this edition of "AFCEA Answers," we'll get insights into the progress on the framework from Bobbie Stempfley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Strategy and Emergency Communications with DHS's National Protections and Programs Directorate. Stempfley will outline the importance of the voluntary nature of the framework, explain the need for highly trained cybersecurity professionals, and discuss how DHS works with other federal agencies and key public and private stakeholders.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Bobbie Stempfley , cybersecurity , DHS

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 02:15pm EDT

Navy looks to vendors for rapid upgrades to NMCI network

By September, the Navy anticipates it will have retaken full ownership of its main IT network after having outsourced it a decade earlier. The service says it wants to find ways to bring innovation into NMCI, but vendors will have to meet some checkpoints along the way.

Tags: DoD , Navy , technology , NMCI , NGEN , Michael Abreu , Jared Serbu , industry

Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:21am EDT
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Marines driving toward more active approach to cyber

The comply-to-connect initiative is about removing much of the people challenges by automating the software patching and updating the cyber processes in real time.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Ray Letteer , DoD , Marine Corps , continuous monitoring , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/30/2014, 01:35pm EDT
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U.S. Cyber Command wants DISA to take greater role in DoD cyber defense

Under a construct that's still under discussion, the Defense Information Systems Agency would take charge of some portion of DoD's cyber defenses under a new Joint Force Headquarters.

Tags: DoD , DISA , U.S. Cyber Command , Michael Rogers , Edward Cardon , workforce , cybersecurity , management , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 03:46am EDT
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DHS striving to avoid 'tragic mistake' under cyber program

Under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program, DHS wants to ensure systems administrators have data on the most pressing threats and vulnerabilities first so they can fix them as soon as possible. John Streufert, DHS's director of federal network resilience, said the recently-awarded dashboard will be set up to do just that.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Jason Miller , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , continuous diagnostics and mitigation , John Streufert

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 04:30am EDT
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