Iron Bow Technologies Appoints Elliott Williams as VP of Strategic Alliances

Iron Bow Technologies

Iron Bow Technologies announced in June that Elliott Williams has joined the company’s executive leadership team as vice president of Strategic Alliances. Williams will be responsible for leading the company’s strategic product and growth, alignment and go-to-market strategies with Cisco, Dell and HP. He will also work alongside Iron Bow’s CTO organization to identify and promote key and emerging technology partnerships. 

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U.S. Navy Program Trains Sailors on Onboard Fiber Optic Repairs While at Sea; Master Chief Terry Russell Quoted

U.S. Navy Training

A new U.S. Navy self-sufficiency program is teaching sailors how to address fiber-optic issues onboard a ship traveling far from shore. The Naval Sea Systems Command said Monday that the Fiber Optics Test and Repair (FOTR) program will certify fiber technicians and verify their capability to resolve problems in shipboard infrastructure while deployed.

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DOE National Lab Develops Cyber Decoy Tech to Trick Hackers; Thomas Edgar Quoted

Cyber Decoy Tech

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has produced the technology designed to trick hackers into thinking they are successful in disrupting target networks. PNNL said on June 2nd that its Shadow Figment cybersecurity platform uses artificial intelligence to deceive attackers and have them attack a real-time decoy.

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Atlas Research, Prometheus Federal Services Joint Venture Secures Contract to Support Integrated Research Enterprise Architecture

Atlas Research

Titan Alpha, a joint venture between Prometheus Federal Services (PFS) and Atlas Research, announced on Tuesday it secured a potential $1 billion 10-year contract to support the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) in achieving an integrated research enterprise architecture. The contract was awarded on the VHA Integrated Healthcare Transformation (IHT) contract.

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FDA Encourages NIST to Consider Importance of 3rd-Party Software in Device Security

Food and Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to consider third-party software as a critical factor to the safety of a device. FDA said these third-party products must be classified as critical software if they are vital to a device's safety and support a device's definition.

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Army-Supported MIT Research Explores How Clothing Fibers Can Transmit Data; James Burgess Quoted

Data-Capable Fibers

The U.S. Army has helped the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) produce a fiber that could allow for data transmission when sewed into soldier uniforms. ISN researchers tested the fiber's memory capacity by storing in it a 767-kilobit video file and a 0.48-megabyte audio file. The research also found that the fiber can be washed at least 10 times.

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DOE Allocates $200M for Electric Vehicle Tech Development; Kelly Speakes-Backman Quoted

Kelly Speakes-Backman

The Department of Energy has unveiled a five-year, $200 million funding program to help national laboratories and external partners develop electric vehicle technologies such as battery and connected systems. DOE said Monday that its vehicle technologies office will administer the investment effort, which is still subject to appropriations and seeks to encourage partnerships with the battery manufacturing industry.

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USDA CISO Venice Goodwine Returns to Air Force as IT Director

Venice Goodwine

Venice Goodwine stepped down from her chief information security officer position at the Department of Agriculture and rejoined the U.S. Air Force to serve as director of enterprise information technology. Before she joined USDA in December 2018, Goodwine was a senior cybersecurity officer at the Air Force where she advised the service CISO on information security matters.

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Pentagon Seeks to Enable ‘All-Domain Advantage’ With New Cloud Strategy; DOD CIO John Sherman Quoted

OCONUS Cloud Strategy

The Department of Defense (DOD) has released its Outside the Continental U.S. Cloud Strategy outlining its goals and vision for achieving a “dominant all-domain advantage” by providing warfighters at the tactical edge access to cloud computing. “The outcomes of the strategy align with and further the priorities of the National Defense Strategy and DoD Digital Modernization Strategy,” John Sherman, acting CIO of DOD. 

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U.S., Albania Sign MOU to Advance 5G Security; Antony Blinken Quoted

Antony Blinken

The U.S. and Albania have agreed to facilitate the development of secure 5G and 4G networks and protect such networks from foreign adversaries. Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed the memorandum of understanding with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Sunday during a meeting in Brussels.

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