Defense IT


By land, by sea, by air: DOD looks to take mobile devices global

The Defense Department has launched a number of mobile device programs, but the devil is in the details when it comes to deploying handhelds past the wire.

Army wants to train on its own private Internet

The portal would mimic the look and functionality of the Web, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites for scenario-based training.

Army lab speeds technology to round 3 of NIE

The Army's new lab at Aberdeen Proving Ground tests and evaluates software and electronics bound for Network Integration Evaluation 12.2.

Marine Corps Exchanges using analytics to improve merchandise planning

The MCX will use SAS to perform cluster analyses, which will help it gain better insight into the unique and changing needs of the local population.

DOD develops Web apps to fight pirates (the real kind)

An international effort by the Defense Department and the U.S. Navy is developing Web-based applications that will let allied navies share data in the fight against piracy on the high seas.

DOD expands cyber threat info program

The Defense Department is expanding a program to share cyber threat information and inviting all of its eligible contractors to take part.

DOD still has penchant for BlackBerry 7 devices

New Defense Department approval means personnel can now use the BlackBerry 7 line of products across the department's enterprise network.

'Unknowns' hack NASA, Air Force, saying 'We're here to help'

A new gray hat hacker group hits 10 organizations, including three U.S. government sites and one at Harvard, saying it wants to promote better security.

DARPA wants gamers to design medical training software

DARPA is looking at the gaming industry to help it design medical training and education software for use on mobile devices.

90 percent of 'secure' HTTPS sites are vulnerable, study finds

A nonprofit initiative to check on SSL implementations finds that 75 percent of those sites are vulnerable to a BEAST attack, and only 10 percent are secure.

The real threat: China, Iran or our own weaknesses?

Forget Russia, China and Iran. The real threat to critical infrastructure is a failure to address security fundamentals in the design and operation of U.S. systems, says one analyst.

NASA looks to space for better earthquake data

The agency is testing READI, which uses satellites to detect minute changes in GPS-enabled ground stations, providing real-time data on quakes and better tsunami predictions.