Archive: IT


Judge Dismisses Kaspersky Lawsuit Challenging Federal Ban

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed two lawsuits from Russian software company Kaspersky challenging a ban on its products from being used on federal networks. The decision upholds the ban first placed by the Department of Homeland Security last September (Defense Daily, Sept. 13) and also formally included in Congress’ FY ‘18 National Defense Authorization […]


DHS Planning For New IT Services Procurement

TYSONS CORNER, Va.–The Department of Homeland Security is in the process of planning for a new information technology (IT) services procurement that is different from the current contract, according to the department’s top procurement official. DHS and its components use the multi-billion dollar EAGLE II contract vehicle to purchase a range of IT services from […]


SASC NDAA Mark Reintroduces Push For DoD Cyber Warfare Policy

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) mark of the latest defense spending bill reintroduces the push for the Pentagon to develop the first ever cyber warfare policy after last year’s version failed to result in a new plan. SASC’s FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) mark, approved Thursday by a 25-2 vote, includes provisions […]

Dana Deasy Department of Defense, Chief Information Officer, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, May 07, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by William Pratt)

Lawmakers Press DoD Officials On Latest ‘F’ Grade For IT Acquisition

House lawmakers pressed Pentagon officials Wednesday on their department’s third consecutive “F” grade on a technology acquisition scorecard pointing to confusion over budget authorities, the slow pace of data center consolidation and a lack of transparency on spending. DoD received failing marks in nearly every category of the latest version of the Federal Information Technology […]

Maj. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, nominee to be the next Marine Corps deputy commandant for information

New Marine Corps Information Warfare Leader Nominated

The Pentagon nominated Maj. Gen. Loretta Reynolds on May 18 to be the Marine Corps’ next deputy commander of information warfare. Pending Senate confirmation, Reynolds, the current commander of Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command, will receive and third star and oversee the service’s cyber, signals intelligence and electronic warfare operations. She is the second official […]

Scott Whatmough, senior vice president of Engility's defense & security group

Engility Poised To Pursue Future DoD Cyber Training Contracts

Defense contractor Engility [EGL] is looking to previous experience running cyber training exercises as it considers potential bids on upcoming contracts to construct future virtualized training capabilities for cyber forces. The Army’s National Cyber Range (NCR) and Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) and Air Force’s Unified Platform programs offer an opportunity to build on tested […]


NATO To Announce Nearly $1 Billion In New Defense Work, Cyber Agreements At Berlin Conference

NATO is set to preview nearly $1 billion in new contract opportunities and sign four bilateral cyber threat information sharing agreements with international industry partners at its upcoming defense conference in Berlin the week of May 21. Officials at NITEC 18, organized by NATO’s Communication and Information (NCI) Agency, will provide an overview of the […]

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Cyber Command’s Mission Forces Reach Full Operational Capability

All of Cyber Command’s operational teams have reached full operational capability four months ahead of schedule after the Air Force’s 33 teams reached the mark on May 11. The Air Force’s Cyber Mission Force units joined the Army, Navy and Marine Corps in meeting the fully manned designation and the Cyber Command’s 133-team, 6,200-person unit […]

Cyber officials discuss cloud needs at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium In Baltimore. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

DoD Cyber Officials Want Updated Data Standards, Capabilities As Pentagon Moves To Cloud

Facing a growing number of cloud computing initiatives, Department of Defense officials want to ensure future contracts build in improved data protection standards and urge industry partners to bring emerging technologies to make use of improved analytics. Programs such as the DoD’s upcoming multi-billion dollar Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) will require new standards for […]

New DoD CIO Dana Deasy (right) discusses his strategy at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

New DoD CIO Details Strategy To Future Technology Initiatives

The Pentagon’s new chief information officer offered the first glimpse of his strategy at a Thursday conference, with a focus on sticking to principles in the latest National Defense Strategy and emphasizing improvement of current DoD technology. Dana Deasy, who was sworn in as DoD CIO on May 7, said he will pursue big tent […]