Defense IT

What's needed for the future of software factories

The next iteration of software factories, based on a DevOps platform, enables entire teams to collaborate remotely or in-office with a single tool, manage the end-to-end development lifecycle, more quickly deliver value and increase visibility.

Spectrum, cyber concerns surface in Grady's nomination hearing

Adm. Christopher Grady told senators that Defense Department moves to free up swaths of spectrum would have consequences when it comes to operations, training, and readiness.

What’s next for security clearance reform?

Expect new milestones from the DOD’s governmentwide vetting IT and new policies on vetting criteria in 2022.

Pentagon adds new role to lead, coordinate AI efforts

The Pentagon is creating a new position to lead its artificial intelligence efforts across the enterprise.

Accounting for software in weapons systems

The Defense Department is still trying to figure out the best way to buy software and track that spending. But could the answer be in separating out those costs from the hardware required in major acquisitions?

House passes a compromise on the 2022 NDAA bill

The bill, which supports $778 billion for national security spending, was filed in lieu of a traditional conference report and combines the text passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee in July and the House bill passed in September.

Analysis: The side effects of the 'valley of death'

The "valley of death" problem is real when it comes to government acquisition and technology deployment, so the dialogue on that problem is endless. But when nine out of 10 startups with potentially promising technology fail to cross their own valley, more attention is needed there too.

Coast Guard picks AT&T as primary telecom provider

The Coast Guard chooses AT&T to consolidate several data communications networks into a single environment under a $161 million task order.

Final 2022 defense bill calls for new data and software job series

The House-passed compromise NDAA also has other workforce provisions, including a change to the probationary period for civilian feds at DOD and paid parental bereavement leave for federal employees.

What’s next for CMMC

After the Defense Department revamped cybersecurity standards for contractors, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program’s accreditation body is making adjustments.

The Pentagon and UMD to launch intel-focused research center

The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security will focus on basic and applied research for the security and intelligence communities.

Biden taps former Air Force weapons buyer to lead DOD acquisition

The White House has nominated former Air Force acquisition chief William LaPlante to be the Pentagon’s top buyer.

CISA draws plans for more secure federal civilian email

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency wants to beef up federal civilian email security with CISA-provisioned threat hunting and incident response efforts, according to a request for information published last week.

Stopgap funding delays military SATCOM transfer to Space Force

The U.S. Space Force’s plans to absorb all of the military’s satellite communications, including nearly 700 uniformed personnel from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, is delayed along with the rest of the military’s appropriation as Congress preps for a second continuing resolution in fiscal year 2022.

White House asks agencies to delay consequences for vaccine mandate violations

Agencies have the power to decide how to discipline unvaccinated feds, but the White House is encouraging them to go beyond education, counseling and letters of reprimand until after the holidays.

CISA issues enterprise mobile security checklist

The Enterprise Mobility Management system checklist outlines steps for device management, authentication, app and network security as well as defending enterprise systems from mobile devices.

Top cyber lawmaker previews 2022 legislation goals

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) is looking to create a statutory framework for threat information sharing and mitigation between a small number of critical infrastructure firms and the federal government.