A cost-cutting reorganization announced Dec. 4 by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel includes changes to the departmental chief information officer and the deputy chief management officer. As part of it, the Pentagon will ask for congressional authorization to transfer responsibility for defense business information technology systems from the DCMO to the DoD CIO, while still keeping the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics responsible for IT acquisition.
The NSA reveled in what it termed "the golden age of SIGINT" in a five year strategy also outlining its goal for expanding authorities even while other administration officials told Congress the information age had diminished their ability to intercept electronic communications. In it, the agency notes that the "advent of the information age [has] transformed the nature of our target space" but notes that signals intelligence collection has adapted.
The rule is smaller in scope than the proposed rule the Defense Department put forth in June 2011; it proposed controls for any data tagged with a "for official use only" or similar marker. The final rule only pertains to "unclassified controlled technical information," which means technical data or computer software (as defined in the Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement, section 252.227-7013).
An independent review team chartered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration urges the agency to immediately start development of a gap filler satellite to head off the high probability of a gap in polar-orbiting satellite data.
A bill introduced Oct. 29 in the House and the Senate would restrict intelligence community data collection and storage, although intelligence officials that same day continued their defense of the status quo, with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warning a House panel of "potential negative long-term impact of overcorrecting the authorizations granted to the intelligence community."
Rather than using radio frequency for communication, NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration system uses a pulsed laser beam to transmit data. The system recently broke a bandwidth record by transmitting data 239,000 miles between the Earth and moon at a 622 megabits per second download speed and 20 Mbps upload rate, said NASA in an Oct. 22 announcement. That's five-times the current radio communication capabilities from lunar orbit, according to NASA.
The Defense Department finalized regulations Oct. 22 for its cybersecurity threat sharing program with defense industrial base companies, making no changes to an interim final rule published in May 2012.
The Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments' interagency program office awarded a 12-month, $11 million contract Oct. 9 to Systems Made Simple--the same company that originally won the iEHR contract in 2012.
The Army hopes it can improve the capabilities of cyber operations, electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum network operations by encouraging collaboration among them, said Col. Carmine Cicalese, chief of Army cyberspace and information operations during a recent television appearance. Army currently has eight centers of excellence that it hopes can absorb the consolidation of 32 schools for cyber, electronic warfare and spectrum operations.
Army Chief Information Office and G6 Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence is leaving her position, posting a final message online on Oct. 1. Lawrence's tenure saw the service migrating to a departmentwide Microsoft Exchange cloud solution for email--an effort that wasn't without challenge, leading Lawrence in August 2011 to announce an operational pause. "We uncovered some pretty nasty stuff," said Lawrence at the time, citing an unorganized network as the primary culprit for the delay