Hagel gets glimpse into future of DARPA tech

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel checked out some of the latest technology coming out the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at a special event Tuesday.

Are CIOs relevant?

Do chief information officers matter? That was the question posed to six individuals, all of whom have had a career in federal IT management, most of them working the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Army expands cyber footprint, hires more IT pros

There’s a new opportunity for Army personnel working in cybersecurity. A new occupational specialty, the 25D Cyber Network Defender, is open to staff sergeants, sergeants first class and master sergeants in the active component.

Clapper goes on offensive, taking counter-Snowden message to college students

Just hours before the endless back-slapping and stroking of journalistic egos took place at The Washington Post in celebration of its Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on the National Security Agency’s secret electronic surveillance programs, the top U.S. intelligence official took to the stage at the University of Georgia and urged students there to consider a vastly different narrative.

How US surveillance efforts spiked interest in overseas cloud providers

PRISM, the name of the clandestine program, set off a firestorm in governments near and far. It has also brought a flood of competitors to the IT sector. These include a slew of non-U.S. companies offering customers cloud storage options that are alternatives to Dropbox and other services from this country. Their pitch tends to be that choosing them removes worries about what data NSA is collecting and not collecting entirely out of the equation and that their packages are less intrusive and more secure.

A new milestone for women in the Navy

The Navy yesterday named Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet, making her the first woman in U.S. naval history to take command of a numbered fleet.

Exclusive: Former Pollard prosecutor blasts administration on talk of release

The former U.S. attorney who led the government’s prosecution of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard said it is “incomprehensible” that the Obama administration is considering releasing Pollard, who was convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel.

New research office to further explore ‘bio-technological frontier’

The Defense Advance Research Program Agency announced Tuesday the creation of its newest division, launched to delve into the increasing intersection of biology and the physical sciences.

FedMentor: Maj. Linus Barloon II

Maj. Linus Barloon, former chief of Cyber Operations Division in the J3 Directorate and Cyberspace Officer for the White House Communications Agency, U.S. Air Force, shares career advice for up-and-coming federal employees in this FedMentor interview.

Judge allows overbilling case against Unisys to move forward

A federal judge in Virginia last week denied a request by Unisys Corp. to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the firm by a former employee who claims the company overcharged the government by millions of dollars on a major Army contract and then fired him when he demanded the wrongdoing be reported to the Defense Department inspector general.

EXCLUSIVE: Despite revelations of NSA hacking, Huawei seeks to ‘normalize’ relations with US

Just three months before it learned the National Security Agency had hacked into its networks, China’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, Huawei Technologies Co., met with senior U.S. government officials in an effort to demonstrate its commitment to security, FedScoop has learned.

White House announces plan to end NSA bulk data collection

The Obama administration today announced it will seek legislation to end the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk telephone metadata collection program.

DOD principal deputy CIO to step down

Robert Carey plans to leave his post as the Defense Department’s principal deputy chief information officer March 28, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed.

Takai lays out DOD’s mobility, cloud forecast

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai today said industry collaboration will be crucial to the department’s cloud and mobility strategy.

Dept. of the Navy’s Peter Ziomek on mobility trends

Peter Ziomek, CIO of efficiencies and mobility at the Department of the Navy, discusses with FedScoopTV some of the governmentwide trends in mobility.

DOD’s Teri Takai on adopting mobile devices

Teri Takai, CIO at the Defense Department, discusses with FedScoopTV how DOD has embraced mobility.

Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter hits more turbulence

Continued software problems related to the Defense Department’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program could lead to delivery delays of less-capable aircraft at a long-term price tag that may prove unaffordable, congressional investigators said today.

FedMentor: Dan Doney, DIA

G. Daniel Doney, chief innovation officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, shares in this FedMentor interview his career advice for up-and-coming federal employees.

Threat Matrix: Episode 15 – Zuckerberg’s surveillance reality check

President Barack Obama today is scheduled to meet with the CEOs of several major Internet companies to discuss civil liberties and privacy, and the government’s commitment to reforming bulk surveillance practices. But the Threat Matrix’s Dan Verton thinks some of the CEOs attending today’s White House meeting may leave disappointed with the president’s timeline for change and the cost.

NSA’s new privacy chief finds ‘culture of great compliance’

It’s been a little more than six weeks since the National Security Agency named Rebecca Richards as its first civil liberties and privacy officer. And so far, the former Department of Homeland Security privacy official said she’s been very happy with what she’s found at NSA.

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