Tag Archives: Cloud Computing

John Sherman: Cloud Computing Key Element in Global DOD IT Modernization Strategy

John Sherman

John Sherman, acting chief information officer at the Department of Defense, said DOD considers cloud computing as an important part of its strategy to modernize information technology infrastructure that supports U.S. military operations across the globe, DOD News reported. Sherman told a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday that cloud technology works to help warfighters access data faster as digital platforms are becoming prevalent in battlefield missions.

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NSF-VMware Partnership Awards Digital Sustainability Research Grants to University Teams; Gurdip Singh Quoted

Digital Infrastructure

Software company VMware has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund research projects that will explore environmental sustainability methods and tools for digital information technology systems. Two teams will receive up to $6 million in total grants from the NSF-VMware Partnership on Next Generation of Sustainable Digital Infrastructure to explore carbon footprint reduction approaches over a three-year period, the company said Thursday.

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Space Force Eyes Large Investment in Cloud to Drive Data-Driven Decision Making

U.S. Space Force

The U.S. Space Force intends to consolidate large amounts of data in a cloud environment for faster data-driven decision-making. To make this happen, USSF will make a large investment in cloud consolidation efforts throughout the next decade. Col. Jennifer Krolikowski, senior materiel leader for space command and control at the Space and Missile Systems Center, said space operations require a lot of data for decisions to be made.

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FEMA Unveils Plans to Implement New Cybersecurity Controls; Ted Okada Quoted

Cybersecurity Controls

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has teamed up with information technology organizations under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish cybersecurity controls that could automate security processes. Ted Okada, chief technology officer at FEMA, said the agency intends to adopt a zero-trust security posture and handle as well as compute data at the edge.

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SDA Director Derek Tournear: Military May Need Different Approach to Implement Space Machine Learning

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA), said the military will need to consider certain technical limits before implementing machine learning technology across space systems. He spoke at a Defense One webinar about space-based ML's potential to augment the military's data operations and situational awareness in the future, as well as factors that make the technology difficult to achieve.

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NGA’s Andy Brooks on Efforts to Deploy Cloud for Secure, Unclassified Data Access

Andy Brooks

Andy Brooks, chief data scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has said the agency was able to harness cloud to provide access to secure but unclassified data for its remote staff. Brooks told the publication that NGA modified its data-access strategy and launched an effort to balance data protection with value delivery for global users. 

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House OKs Bill to Codify FedRAMP, Create Federal Cloud Advisory Panel

OCONUS Cloud Strategy

The House has passed a bipartisan bill by voice vote that seeks to codify the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and establish an advisory panel that would coordinate procurement and cybersecurity efforts under the governmentwide cloud computing initiative. GSA found that the number of agencies reusing certified platforms under the program rose 50 percent during fiscal 2020.

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Baird Serves as Financial Advisor to BigBear Under NuWave Acquisition

Baird

NuWave Solutions has acquired BigBear, a cloud-based, big data analytics company that provides solutions to the national security community. During the acquisition process, Baird served as financial advisor to BigBear. With the purchase, NuWave will gain expertise within big data computing and analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

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Satya Akula to Retire as Amyx President & CEO; Scott Amey Quoted

Satya Akula

Amyx has announced that the company’s president and chief executive officer (CEO), Satya Akula, will retire in Dec. 2020, after a nine-year tenure, Amyx reported on Friday. He will continue to be a stockholder with the company. Bill Schaefer, the current chief operating officer (COO), will succeed Akula as president and CEO. 

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