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Kendall shapes DoD acquisition reforms around 7 areas

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, sent a letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) back in June detailing how Congress can help DoD improve its acquisition outcomes. The list includes stopping sequestration, continued support of workforce training and simplifying rules and regulations.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , DoD , Frank Kendall , Bob Work , Better Buying Power , Congress , acquisition reform , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Innovation at Homeland

Just as the Pentagon depends on DARPA to keep the military on the cutting edge of science and technology, so too, does the Department of Homeland Security have an ARPA to keep DHS agencies out on the technological edge. On this edition of AFCEA Answers, Dr. Adam Cox, Acting Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Projects Research Agency (HSARPA) discusses the similarities - and the differences - between his organization and DARPA. He explains how "tech foraging" allows HSARPA to meet customer needs while saving taxpayers a buck or two. And he offers an unclassified look at some forward thinking technological solutions now being developed for transportation and border security.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , DHS , HSARPA , Adam Cox

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 11:16am EDT

Baked-in cybersecurity goodness

Experts say that one way to eliminate cybersecurity vulnerabilities is to build cyber defenses into the wide range of information technology devices that are rapidly becoming part of the "Internet of things". Baked-in cybersecurity is the goal of new draft guidelines recently proposed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers", Dr. Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher with NIST, joins us to discuss SP 800-160, proposals which would mandate the design of cyber protection into the hardware and software of the next generation of IT products and services. Also, Dr. Ross discusses how SP 800-160 is part of the continuing work on the federal government's cybersecurity framework.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Ron Ross , technology , cyber security , NIST , IT

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:12pm EDT

The Joint Information Environment: A Progress Report

The Department of Defense is in the midst of a large-scale revamping of its information infrastructure. The Joint Information Environment (JIE) promises to facilitate information sharing among the military services, other government stakeholders, and coalition partners. And it will do so while consolidating resources at a time of budgetary challenges. In this edition of AFCEA Answers, DOD Deputy CIO David DeVries offers a progress report on the JIE, and hints at how they will inevitably measure success. Also: a preview of the upcoming AFCEA JIE Mission Partner Symposium, May 12 - 14 in Baltimore.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , David DeVries , Max Cacas , technology , DoD ,

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:18am EDT

The Navy Charts A Course for Information Dominance

For the U.S. Navy, Information Dominance has become just as important a pillar in its warfighting strategy as fast planes and sturdy warships. This week on AFCEA Answers, our guest, Vice Admiral Ted Branch, USN, the Navy's N2/N6 and Director of Naval Intelligence, explains how industry can benefit from understanding the Navy's priorities when it comes to Information Dominance. He will also explain how he manages to juggle four different jobs that are all related to the mission of Information Dominance.

Tags: Ted Branch , Max Cacas , AFCEA Answers

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:12am EDT
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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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