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Cybersecurity and Defense Technology

October 16, 2018

The Missile Defense Agency has cleared Lockheed Martin to proceed with full-rate production of sensor panels that will be stacked to create the Long Range Discrimination Radar, a $1.2 billion program to improve the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System.

October 16, 2018

New efforts to mature the Air Force's AgilePod on a range of legacy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft could make the modular sensor carriage combat-ready within the next two years.

October 16, 2018

The Pentagon is taking a more active role in protecting critical infrastructure -- including telecom and financial services -- based on concerns that system vulnerabilities could undermine national security, just as the Defense Department's own cybersecurity practices are being questioned by congressional investigators.

October 15, 2018

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is proposing the use of new rapid prototyping authorities to develop a follow-on to the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite constellation.

October 15, 2018

The Pentagon is preparing to receive long-awaited recommendations on technical data rights reform from a congressionally mandated advisory group.

October 12, 2018

The Army has a new plan for the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor program that would accelerate initial fielding by four years to 2023, a revised schedule that addresses congressional concerns about the program and quickens competition between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon which were both tapped for the next phase of the Patriot radar modernization project.

October 12, 2018

The Army is readying a new plan for the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor program that would accelerate initial fielding to 2023, a revised schedule that aims to address congressional concerns about the pace of the program and quicken competition between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon which were both tapped for the next phase of the Patriot radar modernization project.

October 12, 2018

To combat peer adversaries like Russia, China and other future threats, Army Cyber Command is focused on getting capabilities of electronic warfare and information operations to the tactical level, according to a panel of Army cyber officers.

October 11, 2018

The Navy is imposing more rigorous cybersecurity requirements on contractors to protect programs and technologies it deems "critical" following an incident earlier this year in which Chinese hackers reportedly stole sensitive submarine warfare data from a Navy contractor.

October 11, 2018

The Air Force underfunded its Space-Based Infrared System follow-on effort by about $1.6 billion in its fiscal year 2019 budget request and may seek to recover that difference in FY-20, according to a draft of the program's funding requirements.

October 11, 2018

Air Force officials are considering ways to increase sustainment for the service's fleet of C-135 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to prepare them for peer conflict, as the platforms face a slew of engine and structural problems.

October 11, 2018

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper recently approved waivers for two major programs, the next-generation T-X trainer and the GPS III Follow-on constellation, bypassing requirements to conduct pre-milestone B design reviews and industrial technical risk assessments.

October 9, 2018

The Defense Department has developed an "entire generation" of weapon systems without adequately considering the cybersecurity of those platforms, according to congressional auditors.

October 9, 2018

The Pentagon should throw its considerable political weight behind a longstanding proposal supported by industry to revise the anti-terrorism SAFETY Act by expanding its liability protections to address cybersecurity measures, according to recommendations in a MITRE Corp. report on securing the military's supply chain.

October 9, 2018

Harvey Rishikof, a key author of a MITRE Corp. report on securing the Pentagon's cyber supply chain, expects changes in defense acquisition rules will be an initial step in implementing the recommendations, which he says will have sweeping implications for the design of networks and IT products.

October 9, 2018

Senior intelligence officials on Monday said they want better information sharing arrangements and a more expansive role for the government in protecting the defense industrial base and critical infrastructure from threats to the U.S. supply chain, especially in cyberspace.

October 3, 2018

The Pentagon will establish outposts at select universities around the country under its new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, the Defense Department's chief information officer said today.

October 3, 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released for comment its draft risk-management framework on security and privacy issues related to government information systems, citing a Defense Science Board finding about national security risks from outsourcing information technology services and components to potential foreign adversaries.

October 2, 2018

Microsoft and AT&T will team with the Air Force on a three-year experimentation campaign pursuing a new approach to basic services like email and more reliable access to classified and unclassified Defense Department data, the Air Force recently announced.

October 1, 2018

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy downplayed the likely effectiveness of the National Institute of Standards and Technology developing a framework of standards on contractor and vendor cyber risks, arguing the issue is too broad and constantly changing to leave it to such an approach.

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