Cyber

Coast Guard graduates first class of cyber majors

A "handful" of newly minted cyber specialists will go to the Coast Guard’s Cyber Command headquarters for their initial assignment, the service's chief told Congress last week.

Cloud

How the Army is battle-testing cloud computing

How the service plans to use cloud computing — from boardrooms to the battlefield

Policy

Key convener releases plan for securing open source software with White House

A crucial entity within the open source ecosystem is urging prioritization of libraries that support widespread applications like internet routing, among other things.

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Congress

Acquisition experts ask Congress to address decline in small business awards

Congress should work to develop new procurement vehicles and streamline compliance and security requirements to counteract category management practices and other issues causing a steep drop in the number of small businesses in the federal marketplace, experts said on Thursday.

Cyber

The Navy needs to do a better job finding the right job for its cyber specialists, officials say

Adm. Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations, told the House Armed Services Committee the Navy has struggled with matching cyber talent with teams.

Emerging Tech

Defense officials emphasize lab modernization, acquisition reform among budget priorities

Speaking before a House subcommittee, Department of Defense leaders identified critical operation areas within DOD offices that demand more federal funding to continue research and development.

Congress

Army advocates more funding for modernization in tech, data and weaponry

Officials testified before a Senate committee to ask for federal funding specifically to modernize and keep up with opponents like Russia and China.

Cyber

US and allies attribute attack on U.S. satellite provider in Ukraine to Russia

Officials are highlighting significant spillover effects from the attack—including damage to infrastructure supporting wind farms—into Central Europe.

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Cyber

Why the USAF's IT chief is 'bullish' on open source

While there's no such thing as completely secure software, open source can make it stronger through the "power of the crowd," said Lauren Knausenberger, the Air Force's chief information officer.

Cyber

Cyber assistance ranks high on National Guard requested services, chief says

Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said cybersecurity assistance is "one of the most frequently requested things that we're seeing right now" thanks to nearly 4,000 cyber professionals, many of whom acquired their skills as civilians.

Policy

U.S. spy chief reiterates ‘overclassification’ concerns

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines testified Tuesday before the Senate.

Emerging Tech

Meet Kessel Run’s newest chief of staff

Alissa Bookwalter took charge in April and plans to focus a lot of her energy on building a remote-first, diverse, and equitable tech workforce within (and outside of) the Air Force’s popular software factory.

Congress

Biden already willing to increase recent defense spending request

Just six weeks after requesting $773 billion for 2023, the Pentagon’s No. 2 acknowledges the military may need more money, due to inflation.

Cyber

The Pentagon wants to prevent personnel data tracking, breaches

The Defense Department's innovation shop is looking for commercial solutions that can help better protect personnel data.

Policy

NASA chief calls out the 'plague' of cost-plus contracts

The space agency is hoping to increasingly use competitions among top vendors and fixed-price contracts as a new way of conducting business--and cutting steep costs for major projects.

Connected Warrior

Senator not sold on Army’s $22 billion bet on IVAS

In response, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth told senators she was "pretty comfortable" with the program's progress and said she didn't agree with elements of a critical oversight report.

IT Infrastructure

DOD-VA health record modernization not hitting interoperability targets, watchdogs say

In a joint oversight report, inspectors general at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs say that some legacy health data isn't being migrated to new electronic health records systems.

Cyber

Defense officials push for cyber standards compliance, citing warfighter needs

Officials from the Pentagon's CIO Office reiterated the need for strong digital defenses as conflicts take aim at critical infrastructure.