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GAO: DSCA Needs to Strengthen Oversight of FMS Program Expenditures

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency modify its strategy for overseeing operational expenses of the Defense Department‘s foreign military sales program. GAO said Monday it found that DoD lacks data to show how the department spends on military operations such as compensating program staff and …

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Ellen Lord: DoD Warns Military, Contractors Against Chinese, Russian Software

Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, has said the Defense Department started distributing to the military and contractors a list of software platforms that should not be purchased, Defense One reported Friday. This is because such software platforms have failed to meet national security requirements, Lord said. “What we are …

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Report: NSA to Transfer ‘Sharkseer’ Cybersecurity Program to DISA

The National Security Agency will hand over to the Defense Information Systems Agency a cybersecurity program that helps protect Defense Department networks against malware and zero-day threats, Fifth Domain reported Saturday. Natalie Pittore, an NSA spokeswoman, told Fifth Domain that the Sharkseer program “better aligns” with DISA’s mission. A defense budget deal reached …

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DISA Unveils Management Process for New Service, Capability Requirements

The Defense Information Systems Agency has recently released an information kit on how it evaluates and identifies service and capability requirements when dealing with possible partner contractors. The Requirements and Analysis Office, which was developed for DISA in 2015, commences with the requirements management process by doing the following: business …

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Congress Eyes DoD-Hosted National Cyber Response Exercise Under Defense Budget Bill

The Senate and the House Armed Services Committee are proposing an annual defense policy bill that would task the Defense Department to host a national cyber defense exercise, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday. The high-level exercise would leverage department-level leadership to support the cyber needs of civil authorities, policy testing, cyber-incident coordination, operational planning …

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Congress Wants DoD to Prioritize Machine Learning, AI Tech Programs

A fiscal 2019 defense budget deal unveiled by House and Senate negotiators Monday calls for the Defense Department to implement artificial intelligence and machine learning programs, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday. Lawmakers wants the Pentagon to form a commission that would examine the potential applications of AI technology for national security and defense efforts. …

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Stratcom Chief Gen. John Hyten to Oversee Nuclear Command, Control, Comms Systems

The Defense Department has directed the U.S. Strategic Command to solely oversee the country’s nuclear command, control and communications platforms and operations following a review ordered by Defense Secretary James Mattis, SpaceNews reported Monday. Mattis authorized the months-long assessment due to concerns that NC3 lacked an integrated governance structure. Maj. Meghan …

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