Army wants to see the forest for the trees

The Army has issued an RFI asking vendors about new radar technology.

Cybersecurity

Beckstrom is NCSC first director

Michael Chertoff, DHS secretary, has named entrepreneur and author Rod Beckstrom as the first director of the National Cyber Security Center.

Army FCS program imperiled by development miscues

The Army's development of the data network and software that is essential to the operation of its Future Combat Systems is at risk of falling behind the rest of the program, according to the GAO.

DOD Standardization Office issues achievement awards

Projects to standardize IT systems and processes figured prominently in the annual achievement awards issued by the Defense Standardization Program Office.

Cybersecurity

Windows Mobile platforms gain EAL 2 certification

Windows Mobile 5.0 with Messaging and Security Feature Pack and Windows Mobile 6 earn Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 2 Augmented certification.

Croom to step down

DISA director, Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles Croom, will retire in July; vice director Navy Rear Adm. Elizabeth Hight will replace him.

NSA okays Sect'ra Edge smart phone

Government users in classified positions can now buy mobile device that offers secure access to government voice and data networks.

Cybersecurity

An Apple in every briefcase

Apple Computer will add messaging and enhanced security to the iPhone in a bid to make it a trusted workplace tool.

DISA picks builder for new HQ

Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, awards contract to Hensel Phelps Construction to build Defense Information Systems Agency's future headquarters at Fort George Meade, Md.

Data as defense against IEDs

DOD is using data analysis tools to detect and monitor connections between groups and individuals to identify support networks of militants staging bomb attacks.

Pentagon seeks input on net-centric strategy

Defense CIO issues draft statement of objectives seeking industry input on its network-centric strategy.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Drawing a crowd

DISA's inexpensive, two-button approach to collaboration attracts thousands of users.

Army does about-face on data center consolidation

Instead of relying on the NetCom blueprint, Army issues RFI to solicit input for regional area processing centers.

Pentagon's BTA defines data elements

Business Transformation Agency is standardizing the definitions DOD uses in its financial management, real property, logistics, acquisition and procurement functions.

DARPA at 50

Agency's scientific and technological contributions have advanced the quality of life of the civilian population and the world, as well as the military.

Cloud & Infrastructure

When the Net goes down

Middle East outage underscores the need for a backup plan.

Cybersecurity

Uncle Sam: bargain hunter

Blanket-purchase agreements for data-encryption products saved Uncle Sam $58 million last year.

Army MC4 system weathers 'Net outage

Medical data tracking system is designed specifically to support medical operations in environments with little or no communications capabilities.

Navy reviews IT readiness

The Navy is in the early stages of launching an effort to systematically check the readiness of its IT systems.

State & Local

Microsoft's new E-gov platform

Free suite of tools for governments to deliver Web-based services to citizens.

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