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Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, Dana Deasy on New IT Authorities Under FY 2018 NDAA

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense, and Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, principal deputy cyber adviser to the DoD secretary; have said the new authorities to establish information technology and cybersecurity standards under the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act are coming into force, Federal News Network reported Tuesday

“The authorities that you all gave me starting this year around being able to set architectural standards are quite significant, and we are now starting to use those new authorities,” said Deasy, a 2019 Wash100 winner, during his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in January.

Crall touted before the Senate panel the advantages of setting up a cross functional team to staff the office of the principal cyber adviser as part of the implementation of NDAA.

“It’s only as good as it’s paid attention to, but the cross functional team that’s involved under the PCA is well-resourced in the sense that we’ve got the right people,” Crall said. “The second piece is we can approach problems in ways that don’t have some of the biases. We don’t have any stake in the legacy systems that we hold onto, it really is about the mission,” he added.


Dana Deasy will be featured as a keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club's upcoming Artificial Intelligence Summit on February 13th at the Hilton-McLean in McLean, Va. At the event, public and private sector leaders will discuss government AI programs and priorities, as well as what new initiatives lie on the horizon. Dawn Meyerriecks of the CIA and Dean Souleles of the ODNI will also be featured as keynote speakers and a full panel of leaders will be in attendance, including fellow 2019 Wash100 winner Anthony Robbins. 


You can still register for the 2019 Artificial Intelligence Summit right here. 

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