Significant national security challenges remain 10 years after 9/11 commission report

A decade after the 9/11 Commission issued its final report on the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States, the threat from global terrorism may be more pronounced than ever, with major new vulnerabilities emerging in cyberspace and a Congressional homeland security oversight system plagued by duplication and turf battles.

Inside the Pentagon’s scaled back audit expectations

A memorandum issued in 2011 by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave the military services until Sept. 30 of this year to get their Statement of Budgetary Resources ready for audit. But the Pentagon quietly changed its game plan and is now working toward a significantly scaled-back set of expectations.

Cybercom event explores agency roles in cyber incident response

Cybersecurity and incident response are practices engrained in most every 21st century federal agency. But when it comes to a massive cyber attack requiring the aid of multiple, partnering groups, which agency does what? Last week, the U.S. Cyber Command demonstrated a specific framework for how several critical agencies can play complementary roles in the national cyber incident response process.

Senate defense spending bill slashes IT by half-billion, uplifts cyber

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a fiscal year 2015 Defense Department spending bill Thursday that would cut defense IT spending by a half-billion and reduce President Obama’s military budget requests by $1.4 billion overall.

DARPA wants help answering ‘trillion-dollar questions’ in the smallest way possible

DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office held an expo Friday presenting the new areas in which it’s concentrating its efforts to facilitate collaboration between academics, industry and government that will continue to push the boundaries of microsystem technology.

NSA adds to Cyber Ops Centers for Excellence

New York University, the United States Military Academy, Towson University, The University of Cincinnati and the University of New Orleans have been added to a list of now thirteen universities recognized be the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.

Independent panel urges NIST to develop internal cryptography expertise

A group of outside experts recommend the National Institute of Standards and Technology hire more cryptographers and lessen its reliance on the National Security Agency for approving cryptographic algorithms, according to a report released Monday.

DOD stands out in software license management

The Government Accountability Office last week released a report recognizing DOD’s software license management plan as satisfactory in effectively meeting four statutory requirements set forth by section 937 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013.

Obama will veto bill if cuts to energy tech remain

President Barack Obama will veto the 2015 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act if cuts to technology-related funding are not removed, according to a statement released Wednesday by the White House.

Verizon says feds made nearly 150,000 requests for customer data in first half of 2014

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies made almost 150,000 requests for customer information from Verizon during the first half of 2014, according to a report released by the company Tuesday.

Pentagon releases global tech strategy amid questions about its ability to adapt

The Defense Department released a new strategy Tuesday designed to enhance the ability of defense researchers and technologists to stay abreast of emerging innovations around the world and to better enable development partnerships with allies.

Privacy advocates call for NSA reorganization

Critics of the National Security Agency’s bulk metadata collection programs are turning their attention to the spy agency’s alleged role in undermining Internet security standards to gain access to networks and computers around the world and are now calling for a fundamental change in its mission.

Why ‘cheaper and faster’ is just part of the cloud story

For both the public and private sector, agility is starting to outweigh cost when it comes to cloud computing.

Phil Zimmermann gets behind the Blackphone. But will the feds follow?

Although marketed to those who fear government snooping, could the Blackphone also become standard equipment for some agencies? The creator of PGP encryption says yes.

Privacy panel sees value in foreign surveillance program, but splits on reforms

The National Security Agency’s two main intelligence collection programs operated under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act have generally been valuable in the nation’s efforts to identify and track terrorist threats, according to a report released Tuesday evening by the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Intelligence officials disclose scope of warrantless spying

Days after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its first ever transparency report on data collected by the National Security Agency under section 702 the Foreign Intelligence Security Act, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., published a letter Monday sent to him by ODNI revealing how thousands of Americans may have been the subject of warrantless queries known as “backdoor searches.”

FAA will not meet deadline for unmanned aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration will miss its September 2015 deadline to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into American skies due to significant technological, regulatory and privacy barriers preventing the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace system, according to an audit report from the agency’s Inspector General’s office.

Navy promotes first woman 4-star admiral

Michelle Howard, the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy made history again today when she became the first woman to be promoted to Admiral in the service’s 239-year history.

ODNI releases first-ever NSA transparency report

The NSA collected data on nearly 90,000 “targets” last year under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Security Act, according to a report released Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Lockheed Martin wins contract to finish missile defense satellites

The Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billon contract June 24 to complete production on two new ballistic missile-detecting satellites.

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