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Reports censure DOD on JRSS, rapid acquisition

The Pentagon received two reports criticizing its cybersecurity and rapid prototyping efforts.

The DOD's internal watchdog criticized the Joint Regional Security Stacks program for not meeting certain cybersecurity objectives and for an overall program management weaknesses stemming in part from it being categorized as a tech refresh and not a major acquisition.

In a heavily redacted June 4 report, the Inspector General at the Department of Defense also noted that while the JRSS program was reducing the attack surface for DOD networks, other promised security outcomes were lagging.

Additionally, the Government Accountability Office dinged the Pentagon and the military services in a June 5 report for not adequately using rapid acquisition authorities. That report also found implementation challenges and that few rapid prototyping efforts became fielded capabilities.

A version of this article first appeared on FCW, a sibling publication of Defense Systems.

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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