On a small scale, the Defense Department is allowing commercial cloud providers to operate in Defense-owned and operated facilities, but Acting DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen would like to take that model a step further.
The Navy and Marine Corps reasonably justified about $220 million worth of IT contracts that were solicited without full and open competition, says the Defense Department's inspector general in a report issued Jan. 23.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that cyber weaknesses in the private sector such as in civilian infrastructure and businesses are a serious threat to national security. And since the U.S. military depends on commercial networks, its defenses are still vulnerable.
A potential gap in weather satellite data – before the next polar-orbiting satellite is launched and operational – could occur sooner and last longer than anticipated.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to face cost overruns and delays in key program milestones as it readies the launch of the first of four next-generation weather satellites next year.
Federal agencies are utilizing more commercial satellite communication services and turning to a joint General Services Administration-Defense Department contract vehicle to help them acquire solutions, according to a Jan. 9 post to the General Services Administration blog.
The Defense Information Systems Agency Jan. 13 publicly released guidance that updates and codifies enhanced cybersecurity requirements for implementing and hosting cloud computing systems for certain types of sensitive Defense Department data.
President Obama sent James Clapper to North Korea to bring back two imprisoned American citizens. During the mission, he met with the director of North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau, the organization that likely oversaw the cyberattack on Sony Pictures.
A marketing campaign aimed at raising the profile of the Veterans Affairs Department's open source electronic health record is in full swing. The Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, or VistA, now has a website, Twitter account and LinkedIn group- just as the Defense Department considers a VistA proposal for its new EHR.
Two social media accounts for the Defense Department's U.S. Central Command were hacked Jan. 12, according to a report from the Associated Press.