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C4I for Wed., June 28, 2017, Vol. #, Issue #.

Army Network Establishes On-The-Move Open Architecture Capable Of Constant Upgrades

Recent criticism from lawmakers aside, the Army’s battlefield network not only is fielded but has established a baseline communication backbone capable of constant technological upgrades needed for future fights where battle happens as much in virtual world as on the ground, sea or air.The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, program came under fire at a…

DISA Increasing Cloud Data Platforms And Patching Efforts To Meet DOD Cyber Needs

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) officials are exploring partnerships with other governmental organizations to test big data platforms like the cloud and conducting audits to meet patching software needs in response to cyber threats associated with rapidly changing technology, according to agency representatives speaking at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Defense Cyber Operations…

DoD Electronic Warfare Plan To Push For Electromagnetic Spectrum Offensive Capabilities

The Department of Defense’s upcoming release of its Electronic Warfare Strategy (EWS) represents the Pentagon’s first major step towards consolidating investments in electronic warfare technology and detailing efforts to utilize electromagnetic spectrum tools for offensive capabilities, according to Dr. William Conley, deputy director of Electronic Warfare for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense…

Former US CISO Warns Against NIST Leading Federal Cyber Security Audits

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) should remain a neutral broker in developing standards to support public and private sector cyber security efforts and should not take on the role of an auditor to ensure federal agencies are complying with an existing cyber-risk management framework as called for in proposed congressional legislation, the…

House Panel Includes Proposals For Cyber Operations Transparency And Cooperation In Markup

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Subcommittee for Emerging Threats and Capabilities includes priorities for cyberspace operations in a draft of its portion of a defense authorization bill released on June 20.The panel, led by Chairwoman Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Ranking Member Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), would add funds to NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center…

General Dynamics: Fault Radios For Army Network Vulnerabilities, Not WIN-T

Recent public criticism of the Army’s battlefield communications network is not unfounded, but fault likely should reside with the range and security of tactical radios rather than the satellite-based system that drew fire from senior Army officials and lawmakers.The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, is under scrutiny because of concerns it does not have sufficient…

Cyber Reorganization Bill To Await Fate Of DHS Authorization Bill, Hurd Says

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has decided to hold off on introducing a bill that would reorganize cyber security operations conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to see how an authorization bill for most of the department fares in the House, a committee member said on June 21.If the authorization…

White House Cyber Security Leader Says Accepting Risks Critical For IT Improvement

Federal information technology (IT) networks must be treated as secure architecture and all departments and agencies need to identify and accept cyber risks in order to best move forward with new security protocol, according to White House Cyber Security Coordinator Rob Joyce.Joyce, speaking at MeriTalk’s Gov Protect event on June 21, discussed White House’s role…

CSRA To Provide Infrastructure Services For DISA’s Cloud Development

The Defense Department’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is ramping up the first development phase of milCloud 2.0, its platform to connect commercial cloud providers with defense networks, by awarding CSRA Inc. [CSRA] a $498 million ceiling contract to utilize their private infrastructure and help broaden their cloud portfolio.The indefinite-delivery contract, officially awarded on June 9 and…

New Cyber Tools Are Giving Agencies More Awareness Of Network Vulnerabilities

Federal agencies that have been deploying tools and other systems to better understand the network assets they have are now in a position to more quickly identify and patch flaws, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said on June 21.The deployment of the Phase one tools of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program…

DHS Re-Awards $1 Billion Cyber Security Contract To Raytheon

Raytheon [RTN] on June 19 said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has re-awarded the company a potential $1 billion contract to support a cyber security system that the department uses to help protect federal civilian networks.Raytheon originally won the Development, Operations and Maintenance (DOMino) contract in Sept. 2015 but a protest Northrop Grumman [NOC], one of the…

HASC Probing Plethora Of DoD IT Systems

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is scrutinizing whether the Department of Defense could achieve efficiencies by reducing the number of information technology systems it uses to write contracts and manage procurement, committee aides said June 26.DoD agencies and the military services currently use more than 30 different IT systems for such purposes, committee aides…