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GAO: Army Should Review Network Equipment Testing Methods

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the U.S. Army review its testing approaches for procuring communications and networking equipment, Military Times reported Monday. Nicole Blake Johnson writes GAO found the Army spent $1 billion on its Network Integration Evaluations within the last two years, aiming to identify which equipment the military needs. GAO …

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Marine Corps, Army Offer Warfighters Biometrics ID Device

The U.S. Marine Corps and the Army are fielding a portable device that works to analyze biological information and help warfighters verify the identities of individuals they come across during operations. The biometric enrollment and screening device aims to facilitate high-risk security measures that include base access, border control, counterintelligence screening …

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Army Wraps Up Cloud Email Move; Michael Krieger Comments

The U.S. Army has completed the migration of its email service to a cloud computing infrastructure, aiming to save $380 million in costs by 2017, the Army Press Service reported Tuesday. Margaret McBride writes the Department of Defense Enterprise Email program resulted from an initiative started two years ago to update …

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NIST Issues Revised Manuals on Cybersecurity Mgmt

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released new versions of two manuals on computer security, aiming to help information technology workers prevent cyber attacks. Each document includes methods and techniques intended to protect virtual networks and information systems from suspicious programs and applications that can damage or disrupt …

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China, U.S. Organize Joint Defense Activities to Boost Relationship

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Chang Wanquan, have announced plans to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, Breaking Defense reported Monday. Colin Clark writes the two officials attended a press conference Monday during which they disclosed the agenda of a meeting aimed at organizing joint …

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Congress to Weigh Defense Authorization Bill with CIO Focus

A defense authorization bill is expected to be a priority in Congress this fall as both the House of Representatives and Senate seek to define the roles of federal chief information officers, FCW reported Friday. Adam Mazmanian writes Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act co-sponsor Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said the …

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Navy Awards $16M Contract to Build Maritime Surveillance Facility

The U.S. Navy has selected construction firm Whitesell-Green Inc. for a $15.9 million contract to build a facility where command and control systems will be setup for UAV intelligence activities, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Friday. John Keller writes the planned complex at Jacksonville Naval Air Station is expected to be completed by …

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FAA Managers Association Seeks Airport Fund to Avoid Layoffs

David Conley, president of the Federal Aviation Administration’s managers association, has called on the White House to allow the use of airport grant funding to prevent future layoffs within the sector, Federal Times reported Wednesday. Sean Reilly writes the request comes as no bill to support budgets for the FAA …

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