Defense IT


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Customs secures detention facility with wireless, video, PIV access

The Customs and Border Patrol found a low-cost, high-performance way to securely manage access control for temporary detainees using standard PIV cards.

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Dashboards help Army 'follow the money' in a war zone

The Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer develops a suite of software tools to bring contracting transparency to the Army Central Command in the Afghanistan.

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MilConnect puts military benefits all in one place

The revamped milConnect website provides a central source for active and retired military personnel and dependents to manage benefits and services.

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NSA's reported tampering could change how crypto standards are made

NIST has begun a formal review of its processes for developing cryptographic standards in the wake of reports that the NSA, its partner in crypto development, inserted a backdoor into specs for generating crypto keys.

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After delays, DISA extends Google email pilot

The program, which had been delayed by spending cuts and furloughs, is testing if DOD users can connect to commercial cloud services while maintaining security through CAC authentication.

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Army finds its own way to build a big data system

The Enterprise Management Decision Support System draws on 3,500 database systems to create a picture of military readiness.

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DOD doubles down on satellite communications

DISA's deal with Iridium is expected to improve satellite communications with a new series of launches beginning in 2015.

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Army gives some groups a choice of Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps

Cloud-based email and collaboration services are for organizations that can't take part in DOD Enterprise Email.

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How NDU's Childs gave iCollege a global scope

GCN's 2013 Hall of Fame honoree partnered with defense ministries around the world, transforming the iCollege into a global hub while strengthening core graduate programs.

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HSIN in action: Boston bombing, Deep Water, Super Bowl

The Homeland Security Information Network was in danger of cancellation until refocused project management enabled the launch of a more secure platform for sharing sensitive information across federal, state and local agencies, as well as the private sector.

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Updated platform rescues DHS info sharing network

The Homeland Security Information Network was in danger of cancellation until refocused project management enabled the launch of a more secure platform for sharing sensitive information across federal, state and local agencies, as well as the private sector.

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Army follows the money, develops proactive battlefield management tools

Growing out of an initial effort to remove cash from the Afghan theater, the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer developed agile tools to manage requirements, contracts and acquisition.