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Cybersecurity and Defense Technology

February 18, 2021

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence continued deliberations about its final report this week, discussing new "blueprints" for government action, including shifting billions toward the Defense Department's AI and emerging technology initiatives.

February 18, 2021

Federal officials are digging into policy gaps exposed by the SolarWinds hack, including shortcomings in cyber info-sharing, and weighing actions the United States will take against a highly sophisticated threat actor in response to the massive infiltration of government and private-sector systems, according to deputy national security adviser for cyber Anne Neuberger.

February 17, 2021

The Army is developing a service-wide standard spectrum analyzer that would provide situational awareness by monitoring and analyzing the electromagnetic environment, a service official said yesterday.

February 16, 2021

The rollout of the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is one of several lines of effort at the Defense Department's acquisition office that addresses supply chain risk management, according to Pentagon acquisition leaders who described the multifaceted approach in an exclusive interview.

February 12, 2021

The Defense Department has been conspicuously absent from the list of federal agencies known to have been hit by the far reaching SolarWinds cyber infiltration, but a leading House defense authorizer isn’t taking solace as federal officials continue their investigation.

February 11, 2021

The Defense Department's acquisition office and its partners are in the process of adjudicating comments on an interim rule implementing their Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, which Pentagon leaders say will have an impact on the CMMC maturity model and assessment guides.

February 10, 2021

Pentagon officials are laying the groundwork for advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning by establishing new requirements for how different systems should be able to exchange and communicate data, rather than mandating a single data standard.

February 8, 2021

A new Army study -- launched during the last weeks of the Trump administration and now subject to a review by the Biden administration -- aims to assess the ability of ground forces to operate on a radioactive battlefield as well as explore the prospects for a high-tech, networked force against a high-altitude, nuclear detonation.

February 8, 2021

The Defense Department has no plans to slow down the rollout of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, according to a senior acquisition official, who says there is "bipartisan" support to get the new structure stood up at the Pentagon.

February 4, 2021

The head of the Air Force Test Center is eyeing full operational capability in June for a new Multidomain Test Force that aims to support the Defense Department's vision for Joint All-Domain Command and Control.

February 3, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee has announced the creation of two new subcommittees: one focused on intelligence and special operations, and the other dedicated to cyber issues and information technology.

February 2, 2021

The Pentagon's acquisition security chief predicts 2021 will be a big year for supply chain risk management initiatives in the wake of the devastating SolarWinds hack and the COVID-19 pandemic's illumination of global supply challenges.

November 12, 2018

The Air Force's recent award to Northrop Grumman is the "first of several" planned contracts to build out the "Unified Platform" for military cyber operations, a capability critical to eventually separating U.S. Cyber Command from the National Security Agency.

November 9, 2018

The Navy for the first time will have options to utilize other transaction agreements as a way to influence the technology demonstrated at its annual Advanced Naval Technology Exercise, according to a service official.

November 9, 2018

Four months after the Air Force's new Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Flight Plan charted a fresh path for data-collection practices, the service now says it will hold "TechFests" where vendors can demonstrate innovative software.

November 8, 2018

Funding delays dating back to the start of fiscal year 2018 have slowed the time line for a key Air Force assessment of cyber vulnerabilities in its major weapon systems from 2018 to 2020, a service spokeswoman confirmed to Inside Defense this week.

November 8, 2018

The Pentagon recertified the funding baseline for its GPS ground segment modernization effort this summer, estimating the program will cost $8.4 billion.

November 8, 2018

The Army's newly announced radar "sense-off" in New Mexico will be open to all interested vendors, marking a significant change of plans that effectively opens up a second competitive track in tandem with the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor program of record while jettisoning the requirement for 360-degree detection, according to service officials.

November 7, 2018

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Defense Department has launched initiatives for mitigating cybersecurity risks in two key areas -- supply-chain vulnerabilities and consolidating cloud services -- viewed as crucial to the military's mission, according to DOD Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity Donald Heckman.

November 7, 2018

The Defense Information Systems Agency wants to automate more processes used to protect Defense Department networks from cyberattacks and use data analytics to study intrusions and develop algorithms to identify potential threats.