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Cybersecurity and Defense Technology

April 26, 2021

The Navy is taking steps to improve submarine cybersecurity inspections following a Naval Audit Service report last fall that found the service did not have records of more than half of those required annual inspections.

April 26, 2021

The Defense Contract Management Agency has briefed assessment organizations that want to conduct audits for contractors looking to obtain a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification on preparing for and going through the process to get their own certification.

April 23, 2021

The Pentagon will release a strategy to guide the move toward what the Defense Department's top IT official says is a "pivotal" shift in network security, as officials are also warning against vendors hawking holistic "zero trust" technologies.

April 23, 2021

The Pentagon's acquisition office has given its approval for the first contract solicitations with cyber certification requirements, and the rollout of the requests for proposals is expected in the summer, according to a Defense Department spokeswoman.

April 21, 2021

The Army recently completed an operational assessment of Capability Set 21 during a Joint Readiness Training Center Rotation at Ft. Polk, LA, marking the largest-scale assessment with an entire brigade for the effort, Army officials said yesterday.

April 21, 2021

Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, the director for command, control, communications and cyber, and the chief information officer for the joint chiefs of staff, said earlier today that the joint all-domain command and control strategy is undergoing final revisions and should move "quickly" through the chain of approval.

April 20, 2021

The National Spectrum Consortium has launched joint working groups involving government and industry members to recommend best practices and potential standards for spectrum sharing and other fifth-generation wireless networking issues.

April 16, 2021

Defense Department acquisition Chief Information Security Officer Katie Arrington says her office is working to establish reciprocity with other government standards such as the General Services Administration's FedRAMP, in an effort to help companies reach compliance with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program more quickly while still maintaining necessary security requirements.

April 15, 2021

The Defense Department is expected to release contract solicitations with new cyber certification requirements in the coming weeks, but assessment companies are concerned about the impact of limited quality assurance guidance from the Pentagon and its independent accreditation body before the contractor auditing process officially starts.

April 15, 2021

The head of U.S. Southern Command is calling for the return of the "ISR transfer fund," as he anticipates intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance will continue to be one of his major unfunded priorities this year.

April 14, 2021

The Defense Department is accelerating its adoption of a "zero trust" cybersecurity architecture, including through the potential creation of a new portfolio management office, as officials say recent hacking campaigns show U.S. adversaries are becoming more sophisticated in cyberspace.

April 14, 2021

The Army is testing several technologies to enable joint interoperability through communication exercises in anticipation of this year's sensor-to-shooter demonstration known as Project Convergence, the service's contribution to the Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control effort.

April 8, 2021

Defense Department officials are seeking to influence standards and specifications for fifth-generation wireless networks in key areas like cybersecurity.

April 7, 2021

The Defense Department has issued two new resources for contracting officials regarding the identification of controlled unclassified information and how it should be identified on government documents.

April 6, 2021

The Defense Department's Joint All-Domain Command and Control strategy is "very close" to gaining final Pentagon approval, according to Vice Adm. Jeffrey Trussler, the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare.

April 5, 2021

The Navy's Project Overmatch will test four increasingly complex spirals in its attempt to tie together more networks and applications this year, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said Monday.

April 5, 2021

When Mark Lewis walked into the Pentagon in late 2019, he thought his most important job as a leading research official would be overseeing the development of new, high-speed missiles.

April 1, 2021

The Army completed a critical design review of Lockheed Martin's Sentinel A4 radar system in February, five months ahead of schedule, the company announced April 1.

April 1, 2021

The Pentagon is moving full speed ahead with its plans for the first year of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, despite potential obstacles in finding the right first pilot contracts and meeting demand for assessors.

April 1, 2021

The newly appointed program executive office for the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System is planning to release a solicitation this spring for a communication capability that can be installed on the KC-46 tanker and inform future acquisition decisions.

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