The Defense Intelligence Agency recently launched a new webpage to keep industry, academia and other agencies informed of the technologies and capabilities it needs. The webpage, dubbed Needipedia, was created to help DIA bypass what Dan Doney, the agency's chief innovation officer, called a "quite lengthy and painful" process for finding new capabilities.
The USCGC Polar Star, the service's one and only operational heavy icebreaker, set out from Seattle, carrying onboard eight million gallons of fuel for delivery to McMurdo Station and other U.S. scientific outposts in the Antarctic. The 6 foot icebreaking capability ship recently underwent an overhaul intended to give its 37-year-old hull another seven to 10 years of service.
The Defense Department's plan to exit the 1755-1780 megahertz band won the approval of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Nov. 25.
Just before leaving for Thanksgiving break, the Senate dealt a body blow to the bill that sets Defense Department spending levels, leaving it in peril as the legislative calendar for the year winds down.
The Defense Department and General Services Administration overstated their use of consolidated contracts because they weren't properly reported to the Federal Procurement Data System, a Nov. 26 Government Accountability report says. In a consolidated contract consolidation, an agency combines two or more contract requirements that were previously under separate contracts.
The contract for the enterprise service bus meant to connect the electronic health records of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs has not been canceled, say military and industry officials, although an industry executive acknowledged that funding for it has been reduced.
Defense Department costs between 2014 and 2021 will increase far beyond the caps set by the Budget Control Act, Congressional Budget Office analysis of the DoD future years defense plan report. The CBO conducted its projection of DoD base budget costs and said it would be about $30 billion higher than the DoD projected in the FYDP.
An official review of what went wrong with the Air Force's canceled Expeditionary Combat Support System enterprise resourcing planning effort found problems including a failure of the Air Force to understand its own data, no clear picture on exactly how many legacy systems ECSS was meant to replace, and a confused governance structure.
The Defense Department may now officially exclude contractors or subcontractors from receiving information technology contracts based on the risk their supply chain poses to national security systems.
The White House says it interprets proposed legislative language regarding Defense Department supervision of cloud computing solutions for intelligence analysis as not "intending to supersede" an ongoing intelligence community unified cloud architecture effort.