Tag Archives: Defense Department

Air Force CIO Lauren Knausenberger Shares Views on CMMC

Lauren Knausenberger

Lauren Knausenberger, chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force and 2021 Wash100 Award, said she has concerns about the potential impact of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program on small businesses seeking to work with DOD. Knausenberger thinks the Pentagon’s information technology supply chain should be supported with better cyber standards. 

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Karlton Johnson: CMMC Accreditation Board to Undergo Leadership-Focused Organizational Change

Karlton Johnson

Karlton Johnson, board chairman of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB), said he will focus on transforming his group from a director board into one more focused on organizational leadership. The board is working to help the government implement CMMC, through which the Department of Defense (DOD) would standardize the security controls of the defense industrial base.

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House Lawmakers Call for Greater Scrutiny of Requests for Forces Within DOD

Pentagon

House lawmakers have asked the Department of Defense (DOD) to reevaluate how it deploys military forces worldwide amid the increase in the approval of additional requests for forces by combatant commands. Reps. Rob Wittman, R-Va., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., Michael Turner, R-Ohio, and Jackie Speier (D-Calif., were among the signatories of the letter addressed to Gen. Austin and Hicks.

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Air Force to Pick Research Concepts for Energy Infrastructure Innovation

Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Air Force plans to select research proposals on energy storage and infrastructure modernization to mitigate reliance on fossil fuels. The Air Force said Friday that its AFWERX innovation arm partnered with Air Force Futures to launch the Reimagining Energy for the Department of Defense Challenge in September 2020. 

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IG Report Calls for DOD to Align Implementation Plan for Pandemic With Telework Policy

Telework Policy

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) office of inspector general (OIG) has recommended that the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security update the DOD Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza to include revised planning assumptions regarding the use of telework for essential and non-essential employees and align the plan with the Pentagon’s telework policy.

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Ronald Moultrie, Mike McCord Announced as Nominees for DOD Intell, Comptroller Roles

Pentagon

President Biden intends to nominate former government officials Ronald Moultrie and Mike McCord to the roles of undersecretary for intelligence and security at the Department of Defense (DOD) and DOD undersecretary (comptroller), respectively. Moultrie is president and CEO of Oceanus Security Strategies. McCord currently serves as director of civil-military programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service.

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Gen. Glen VanHerck: Military Can Adopt AI for Battlefield Decision Making

Gen. Glen VanHerck

Gen. Glen VanHerck, who leads U.S. Northern Command, said the military demonstrated the viability of communications and decision making driven by artificial intelligence. He also noted that AI and machine learning may boost the availability and timeliness of data in support of decision makers. VanHerck said the military has the capacity to accelerate AI and ML adoption.

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DOD Launches Review of CMMC Vetting Program; Robert Metzger Quoted

CMMC Vetting

Jessica Maxwell, a spokeswoman for the Department of Defense (DOD), said the Pentagon is assessing the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program to ensure that it is meeting goals without impeding industry participation. Maxwell told the publication in a statement that the DOD routinely executes assessments at the early stages of major programs.

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National Space Council to Continue Under Biden Administration

National Space Council

President Biden plans to allow the National Space Council (NSC) and its User Advisory Group (UAG) to continue operations following its revival under the Trump administration in 2017. The council’s renewal comes after interdisciplinary organizations wrote to the White House seeking to retain NSC and the UAG. NSC told reporters that it is “still working details." 

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DARPA Eyes Scope Expansion for Pilot Tech Accelerator Program; Peter Highnam Quoted

Cryptographic Module

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to expand a pilot program that connects startups with investors to include other emerging technology areas such as artificial intelligence. DARPA’s updated Embedded Entrepreneurship Initiative will fall under In-Q-Tel’s Emerge segment and support a maximum of 150 small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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