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December 09, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Acquiring high-tech cyber capabilities fast enough to adequately defend U.S. networks from attack remains challenging, according to Gregory Schaffer, the assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.

December 09, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The cybersecurity memorandum of agreement between the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security is being implemented through "day-to-day" collaboration, rather than talks confined to major events, according to a senior DHS official.

December 09, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The National Cyber Incident Response Plan implemented earlier this year will be adjusted due to lessons learned from the exercise Cyber Storm III, according to Gregory Schaffer, the assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.

December 06, 2010 |

The Army has awarded Boeing an engineering and manufacturing development contract for its Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System, according to a Defense Department notice.

The $88 million firm-fixed-price contract, awarded Nov. 30, encompasses a 24-month EMD phase. The award includes a base effort of four EMD units with an option for additional units, as well as options for six low-rate initial production EMARSS units and interim contractor logistics support.

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is requesting information in anticipation of its analysis of alternatives for how best to plug gaps in its offensive anti-surface warfare kill chain, according to a document posted on Federal Business Opportunities last week.
December 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
An increasingly crowded electromagnetic spectrum is leaving some Navy training systems "not able to operate, in all presentation modes, at all Navy ranges," according to a Nov. 17 presentation from Patrick Mullican, the spectrum manager at tactical training ranges for the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

As the Army
continues to make modernizing its network a top priority, some service
scientists are focused on adversaries' abilities to erode soldiers' trust in
that network.

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

Over the
summer, Pentagon officials added two highly classified projects to the lineup
of fiscal year 2010 joint capability technology demonstrations, both aimed at
helping military officials track high-value targets and "maritime objects,"
according to a previously unreported Defense Department briefing posted online.

December 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A key proponent of the comprehensive cybersecurity legislation proposed in the 111th Congress is contesting the Congressional Budget Office's estimate that implementation will cost at least $1.5 billion from 2011 to 2015.

December 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Controls over information found on Defense Department public websites require better execution, according to a Nov. 29 report from the department's inspector general.

November 29, 2010 |

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab is looking to test whether insurgents, especially those in Iraq, could find ways to disrupt U.S. communications in a combat zone by using equipment found on the Internet, according to a solicitation posted on Federal Business Opportunities. .

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Aegis combat systems update, slated for 2012 installation on Navy cruisers and destroyers, is 85 percent functional and 15 percent into its testing program, according to Jim Sheridan, the head of Lockheed's Aegis program, who spoke with Inside the Navy in a Nov. 22 interview.
November 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy could release a final request for proposals for the next-generation helicopter missile warning system as early as this week, the program manager told Inside the Navy recently.
November 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Recommendations for which computer applications should be killed and which should stay afloat were presented to the head of Fleet Forces Command on November 19, Adm. John Harvey posted on his blog last week.
November 24, 2010 | Inside the Army

While
examining mixed reviews from a limited user test in September, Army officials
say they continue to mull the future of Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team
technologies as a Defense Acquisition Board review nears.

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Obama administration intends to create the first formal information technology program manager career path, encourage agencies to work closely with industry and require the use of cloud computing whenever possible as part of a government-wide overhaul of IT program management, U.S. Chief Performance Officer and Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients announced.

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Information Systems Agency is conducting market research to form an acquisition strategy to procure support services for its Information Assurance/Computer Network Defense operational range.

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command lacks sufficient authority to conduct needed defensive and offensive cyber operations, the command's chief of staff, Col. Steve Zotti, told Inside the Pentagon.

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army leaders
met on Friday to review the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team program,
according to service spokesman Paul Mehney. The gathering precedes a
senior-level Defense Acquisition Board meeting scheduled for next month.
Heading into the meeting last week, officials from Boeing and the Army had
acknowledged concerns over the utility of the program's Unattended Ground
Sensors and the cost of the Class 1 Unmanned Aerial System. "We are considering
changes to the overall program but are in the continuing review process,"
Mehney told Inside the Army.

November 19, 2010 |

Correction: This article incorrectly identified the office creating a formal government-wide IT program manager career path. The correct name of the office is the Office of Personnel Management. The article has been updated.

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