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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

If federal agencies aren't already serious about cybersecurity, the Sony saga ought to set everyone straight. The Defense Information Systems Agency has been a leader in cybersecurity for a while now. Its service catalog has a long list of cyber services available tor DoD agencies. Now DISA is launching a new cybersecurity methodology called the continuous monitoring risk scoring system (CMRSS). Dave Bennett is DISA's chief information officer. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told executive editor Jason Miller about the new approach.

Tags: Jason Miller , cybersecurity , DISA , CMRSS ,

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:27am EST
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John Schaus, Senior Fellow, CSIS

If the Senate confirms former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to replace defense secretary Chuck Hagel, his agenda will include: A military conflict in the Middle East, tensions with Russia, and loud cries for defense acquisition reform. John Schaus is fellow for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he proposed a specific agenda for Secretary Carter if he's confirmed.

Tags: John Schaus , CSIS , In Depth

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:30pm EST
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DoD unties services' hands when buying commercial cloud

A new memo from acting CIO Terry Halvorsen removes the requirement for DISA to be the main path to buy cloud computing services.

Tags: technology , DISA , Terry Halvorsen , cloud computing , cybersecurity , industry , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 10:51am EST

Ann Marie Dougherty, Executive Director, Bob Woodruff Foundation

It's a casualty that people generally don't like to talk about. But it's a real one — the toll that months at war can take on a service member's sexual health and intimate relationships. The Bob Woodruff Foundation just concluded a two-day event with the Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine to address these issues. Ann Marie Dogherty is executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the foundation's programs and progress.

Tags: Ann Marie Dougherty , Bob Woodruff Foundation , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute ,

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:21am EST
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Linda Robinson, senior analyst, RAND Corporation

The war in Afghanistan and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are the two best recent examples of asymmetric warfare, according to the RAND Corporation. So now it's looking at the last 13 years to see how U.S. military strategy evolved, and to see if it offers clues on how best to change it in the future. Linda Robinson is senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She offered extensive analysis on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Linda Robinson , RAND Corporation , Afghanistan , asymmetrical warfare , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:36pm EST

DISA takes cyber temperature of computer networks with CMRS

Dave Bennett, DISA's chief information officer, said the agency is beginning to implement a new approach to cybersecurity. He said the continuous monitoring risk scoring system (CMRS) looks at a variety of factors to give the agency a score based on a set of predetermined analytics.

Tags: technology , DISA , Dave Bennett , cybersecurity , AFCEA Bethesda , continuous monitoring , JIE , JRSS , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 03:54am EST
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Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Most of the troops are coming home, but that doesn't mean there isn't still work to do in Afghanistan. Every year, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) assembles a "high risk" list. It outlines which areas of the reconstruction effort are most vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. The list also helps the armed services focus their reconstruction efforts and correct problems. Deputy SIGAR Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this year's findings and their implications.

Tags: Gene Aloise , SIGAR , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Afghanistan , waste fraud abuse , oversight ,

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:12am EST
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DIA gets a permanent CIO; DoD losing a cyber expert

Janice Glover-Jones will remove the "acting" from her title to be DIA's permanent CIO, while Rocky Young is retiring and going to work for a research firm.

Tags: people , technology , DIA , Janice Glover-Jones , Rocky Young , MITRE , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 02:52pm EST

Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says "bipartisanship is not extinct" in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

Tags: Carl Levin , National Defense Authorization Act , Senate , Congress , oversight , Tom Coburn , Wastebook , Senate Armed Service Committee , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Mike Rogers , Tom Carper , Jeff Sessions , Debbie Stabenow , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:27pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , industry , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST
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