Intelligence community cloud may require new procurement models

The effort to move the 17 agencies in the U.S. intelligence community away from stovepiped IT systems and toward a cloud-based shared services environment is well under way. But a new study by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance suggests the private sector may find it difficult to fully support the effort without fundamental changes to the contracting and procurement processes intelligence agencies use to buy applications and infrastructure.

DARPA wants help closing nanotechnology’s ‘assembly gap’

DARPA wants to be able to take things built at a really, really small level and scale them for production in really big systems.

Women tech leaders call for changes in STEM education, perceptions

With the nation facing an unprecedented shortage of workers with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, some women technology leaders would like to see changes in the education system so that children — especially girls — are taught at a younger age that STEM subjects are both cool and important to society.

Pentagon eyes innovation amid growing turmoil, budget uncertainty

The Defense Department is launching a new long-range research and development effort designed to ensure the nation’s military can maintain its technological edge over a growing list of potential adversaries, from the traditional high-tech armies of Russia and China to a myriad number of terrorist groups proliferating throughout the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

LTC Bobby Saxon discusses the Army’s use of emerging technologies

LTC Bobby Saxon, division chief and program director for G-3/5/7 of the U.S. Army, discusses how his branch is using emerging technology to lower costs.

Poll shows Americans more concerned about terrorism than NSA surveillance

A new poll scheduled to be released next month by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that American public opinion about the National Security Agency may have shifted. In an increasingly dangerous world, many Americans appear willing to accept a little less privacy for more security.

VA finds no evidence linking veteran deaths to wait list scandal

Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs used paper waiting lists and manipulated electronic scheduling data at as many as 93 VA medical facilities across the country, but investigators found no conclusive evidence that the resulting delays in care caused any veteran deaths at the VA’s hospital in Phoenix.

FedMentors: DISA CIO David Bennett

David Bennett, chief information officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency, talked to FedScoopTV at last week’s Lowering the Cost of Government with IT Summit 2014 about his career as a public servant and gives advice to those young feds just starting out.

Pentagon issues RFP to modernize electronic health records

The Defense Department released a long-awaited request for proposals Monday for its multi-billion dollar effort to replace its aging health record systems and enhance interoperability with private health care providers and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

DISA to move swiftly on spectrum-related contracts

The process of securing spectrum for the military is a delicate process for the Defense Information Systems Agency. But that doesn’t mean the process will be slow.

Threat Matrix: Episode 23—The NSA’s move beyond Snowden

In this episode, FedScoop Editorial Director Dan Verton explores the National Security Agency’s new approach to dealing with the fallout of the Edward Snowden leaks and the media firestorm that doesn’t show any signs of going away. As Verton discovers in interviews with NSA employees, the agency’s new director Adm. Michael Rogers has no plans to allow Snowden and others to define NSA’s history.

Amazon Web Services gets first DISA approval for all 5 data security levels

The authorization makes Amazon’s GovCloud the first cloud service able to hold every level of unclassified DOD data.

DARPA seeks modeling help to combat Chikungunya virus

To help organize a defense against a potential outbreak of the Chikungunya virus, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is asking teams to try and come up with an accurate model to forecast the spread of the disease in the United States and the Caribbean, where CHIKV is already becoming widespread.

DISA forecasts further movement into the cloud

DISA CIO David Bennett says the agency is ready to look at any and every option available when it comes to procuring commercial cloud services.

DHS grant programs come under scrutiny in aftermath of Ferguson riots

The images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, have put the pentagon on the defensive as mainstream media outlets question the department’s program to transfer excess military equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies. But the so-called militarization of local police departments may have less to do with the Pentagon and far more to do with post-9/11 Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism grant programs.

Good Technology gets DISA approval for iOS7 platform

  Enterprise mobility management provider Good Technology has received approval for their Secure Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), allowing the Department of Defense and other government agencies to use the company’s suite of mobility products on Apple’s iOS7 operating system. The STIG allows for the implementation of Good’s mobile device management system, mobile email management system, mobile application management and secure email. The platform provides the ability for app containerization, access to an enterprise app store and S/MIME support for both smart cards and derived credentials. Chris Roberts, global public sector vice president for…

The Achampong theorem of life at NSA

Christina Achampong, an operations researcher at NSA, says “whatever happens in the world can be modeled as a math problem.”

DARPA’s latest Grand Challenge shows government can innovate

A seminar last week showed ways that the government can be both secure and innovative, and pointed to some successful DARPA programs as examples.

Rogers sets course for a new era at NSA

His first 100 days as the new director of NSA now complete, Admiral Michael Rogers has planted a series of clear navigation beacons for his employees to follow as they seek to move beyond the Edward Snowden era. And he’ll be damned if one outlaw leaker and a handful of journalists are allowed to write the final chapter of NSA’s storied history.

Chuck Hagel and the secret war over DOD & VA electronic health records

Some of the original developers of the Department of Veterans Affairs electronic health record system, known as VistA, credit Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with championing the pioneering EHR effort in 1982 and helping it become a reality. Now, more than 30 years later, the Defense Department has rejected VistA as a viable EHR option and is about to spend billions on a new system. What happened?

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