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Pentagon Renames JIEDDO as Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency; Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson Comments

The Defense Department has replaced the name of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to reflect the group’s new mission against improvised weapons and other threats. The renamed Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency will work to help battlefield commanders prepare uniformed personnel to counter threats posed by IEDs and terrorism through …

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Maarten Bron: Underwriters Laboratories, White House Plan to Launch ‘Internet of Things’ Security Certification

Maarten Bron, director of innovations at Underwriters Laboratories, has confirmed that UL is in talks with the Obama administration to introduce a certification standard intended to safeguard Internet-connected devices from cyber threats, InformationWeek’s Dark Reading reported Monday. “What the White House is trying to achieve is to foster collaboration between private …

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Tony Scott: IT Infrastructure Updates to Test Agencies

Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott has said that updates to existing information technology infrastructures pose a challenge to federal agencies, FCW reported Tuesday. “All of us are being asked to take technology that was designed and largely figured out in the ’80s and ’90s, some of it in the ’60s, …

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Karen Neuman: DHS Introduces FOIA Request Mobile App

The Department of Homeland Security has launched a free mobile application designed to help users submit and check the status of their requests for government documents and data under the Freedom of Information Act. DHS’ privacy office and its office of the chief information officer developed the eFOIA app for users to access the FOIA …

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Air Force Builds Web Tool for Drone Data Exchanges

A group of intelligence personnel with the U.S. Air Force has secured the Military Achievement Award from the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation for the development of a Web-based application designed to facilitate data sharing between unmanned aerial vehicles. The Surveillance Intelligence Reconnaissance Information System is designed to help pilots, firefighters and intelligence …

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DHS’ David Alexander Highlights Value of Transactional Geospatial Data

A Department of Homeland Security official has said DHS gains more value from what he calls “transactional” geospatial data than conventional imagery when the agency analyzes scenarios and their impact on national security, GCN reported Thursday. Such transactional data “could be emerging threats from outside the nation to activities that are happening within the nation,” …

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