Archive: IT

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.)

House Retains Technology Policy Proponents, Senate Loses Dem Cyber Legislators

The mid-term election results are expected to have a key impact on congressional cyber efforts, with the House retaining two of its largest digital policy proponents and the Senate losing two Democrats known for pushing cyber operations and supply chain security reform. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) handily beat Republican Salvatore Caiozzo and, with Democrats reclaiming […]

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Army Awards Contracts For Program To Develop New War Gaming Prototypes

The Army has awarded two developments contracts for its program to build new war gaming tools, as the service looks to take greater advantage of commercially available software for battlefield simulations. Matrix Games and a team from the Atlantic Council and Big Parser have been selected for the Prototype Athena program and are tasked with […]

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Most DoD Supply Chain Technology Funding Goes To IT Sustainment, Report Says

The Defense Department spent nearly $80 billion on supply chain technology from fiscal years 2014 to 2017 and most of the spending, $57.8 billion, went toward sustaining information technology (IT), according to a recent report by the strategic research and advisory firm Govini. Annually, DoD is spending about $23 billion on supply chain technology with […]

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Industry To Inform Single Vs. Multi-Vendor Decision For Pentagon’s $8 Billion DEOS Cloud Program

The Pentagon’s technology support agency is looking for industry to inform its decision on whether its upcoming $8 billion enterprise cloud services contract is a single award or multi-vendor competition, as officials look to expand the program’s offering to civilian agencies. Defense Information Systems Agency officials told reporters Monday that feedback from industry on the […]

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Symantec Acquires Firms Offering Enterprise, Mobile Security Capabilities

The cyber security software company Symantec [SYMC] on Monday said it has made two acquisitions that provide it with capabilities to protect enterprises against active directory-based attacks and help secure mobile applications. The acquisition of privately-held Javelin Networks provides Symantec with capability to counter threats to Microsoft Active Directory services, which are an increasingly popular […]

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Northrop Grumman To Build Cyber Command’s First Warfighting Platform

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has received a $54.6 million contract to build U.S. Cyber Command’s first joint warfighting platform, the company said Monday. The Air Force, working as the acquisition lead, has tasked Northrop Grumman with building Unified Platform, which will serve as a weapons-system like capability to integrate Cyber Command’s offensive, defensive and command and […]

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Microsoft Bidding For Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract

Microsoft [MSFT] has submitted a bid for the Pentagon’s massive cloud computing project, the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, the company said on Oct 26. Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, made the announcement in a blog post defending the company’s decision to work with the Pentagon amid growing concern from big tech employees regarding […]

Brendan McCord, chief architect for the Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

Lead Official Details Mission Of Pentagon’s New AI Center

A lead official for the Pentagon’s artificial intelligence center offered details Wednesday on the new office’s initial mission to operationalize new capabilities to assist with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. Brendan McCord, chief architect of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), told attendees at a Nvidia [NVDA] conference the new office’s […]

Ethical hackers participate in the Hack the Marine Corps bug bounty program. Photo: HackerOne.

Pentagon Spending $34 Million To Expand Ethical Hacking Program

The Department of Defense is expanding its bug bounty program, awarding $34 million in contracts to three companies, as the department looks to task ethical hackers with finding vulnerabilities beyond public facing domains. DoD’s Defense Digital Service (DDS) has tasked cyber security companies HackerOne, Bugcrowd and Synack with running programs through 2021 to pay hackers […]

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Lawmakers Call For DoD IG Investigation Into $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract

Two Republican lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee are requesting the Pentagon inspector general investigate the department’s proposal process for the controversial $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) sent a letter Monday to the DoD IG expressing concerns that the Department of Defense remains committed […]