Intelligence agencies that discover an unpatched vulnerability will turn that knowledge over to software manufacturers for remediation purposes – unless there exists "a clear national security or law enforcement need," the White House says.
New U.S. openness regarding its military cyber doctrine is so far unreciprocated by China, say U.S. officials. While on a 10 day trip to the Asia Pacific region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Pentagon officials "for the first time ever" have provided a briefing to Chinese officials on American military doctrine governing the use of cyber capabilities.
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency did a first for a U.S. intelligence agency by opening an account on open source site GitHub earlier this month. The NGA uploaded two related projects to the online repository and version tracking system in early April – one for geographic tasking system web app developed with the Django web framework, and the other a set of installer software for running the web app on a virtualized platform.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sought Friday to downplay the United States' recently-earned reputation for aggressiveness in cyberspace, even as he acknowledged a rapid pace of personnel expansion within Cyber Command. The Defense Department, he said, "will maintain an approach of restraint to any cyber operations outside the U.S. government networks. We are urging other nations to do the same."
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology released version 1 of a free, open source system comprised of a web application, tools and clients for testing and evaluating the security of mobile applications.
Application programming interfaces can allow third-party developers to build apps and tools that interact with government data and forms. The Education Department says it's interested both in read-only APIs, which would let tools push out information, and read-write APIs that would let users complete forms through third-party tools.
Paper federal tax returns increasingly are a relic of the time before ubiquitous Internet, shows Internal Revenue Service preliminary filing data.
Warfare more dependent on the gathering and dispersal of battlefield data has long been in the making, but hobbled by the problem of assuring connectivity – especially at the level of soldiers rather than commanders.
The nationwide ground infrastructure necessary for air traffic controllers to see airplanes according to their GPS-transmitted location is now complete, says the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Overall funding for the Defense Department's science and technology budget would see about a $500 million reduction in the president's fiscal 2015 budget request, with grants and missile defense bearing the brunt of the cut, says a DoD official.
About 40 percent of all contracts awarded by the Defense Department in fiscal 2013 were through noncompetitive contracts, says an April 16 Government Accountability Office report. With those contracts, the DoD tends to bundle them under a class justifcation rather than justifying why there was no competition for each contract, the report says.