Tag Archives: Defense Department

DoD to Transition Oversight of Israel to U.S. Central Command

Israel

The Department of Defense (DoD) will transition oversight of Israel from U.S. European Command (EUCOM) to U.S. Central Command (Centcom) as part of a change to its unified command plan. The Pentagon said the U.S. considers Israel a strategic partner and expects the move to lead to more opportunities for cooperation with Centcom partners. 

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DISA to Manage DoD’s Cloud Program Office by Jan. 31st

DoD Cloud Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to shift oversight of enterprise cloud initiatives from its office of the chief information officer to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) by Jan. 31st. Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of DISA and 2018 Wash100 Award recipient, announced the DoD Cloud Computing Program Office's transition. 

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Unmanned Vessel Demos Autonomous Performance for DoD, U.S. Navy; SCO Director Jay Dryer Quoted

Ghost Fleet Overlord

The Department of Defense (DoD) demonstrated the autonomous performance of an experimental unmanned surface vessel at an exercise with U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The Ghost Fleet Overlord USV took part in the Department of the Navy's (DON) Dawn Blitz exercise to demonstrate compliance with international standards made to prevent ship collisions.

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Pentagon’s Testing Office Offers Recommendations to Facilitate MHS Genesis EHR System Deployment

Electronic Health Record

A report from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) office of the Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) recommends that the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness provide the Defense Health Agency (DHA) with sufficient resources to support continued training, content development and other assistance during the deployment and sustainment of the MHS Genesis electronic health records system.

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Report Proposes Strategy to Strengthen U.S. Defense Industrial Base

Defense Industrial Base

The Department of Defense (DoD) released on Thursday a report recommending a strategy to achieve a secure, innovative and resilient defense industrial base. The report cited the Pentagon’s move to issue an interim rule to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework as a key development in the previous fiscal year.

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DoD Unveils List of Nine Additional Firms Linked to Chinese Military

Pentagon

The Department of Defense (DoD) has added nine more companies to its list of entities with ties to the Chinese military in compliance with Section 1237 of the fiscal year 1999 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Pentagon released and submitted to Congress the initial list of entities linked to the Chinese military in June 2020.

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DoD Halts Joint Regional Security Stack Deployment on Classified Networks

Pentagon

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) testing office said DoD has stopped the rollout of a $2 billion cybersecurity project called the Joint Regional Security Stack (JRSS) to classified networks due to its inability to help defenders safeguard component networks from “operationally realistic cyber attacks.” JRSS is intended to provide DoD with attack prevention, intrusion detection and other network security capabilities.

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Alka Patel: NDAA Provisions Could Help JAIC Operationalize Pentagon’s AI Ethics Principles

Alka Patel

Alka Patel, chief of ethics at the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), said the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains certain provisions that could help JAIC operationalize DoD’s AI ethics principles and advance Responsible AI. Patel plans to introduce a Responsible AI Champions pilot within the department this spring. 

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GAO: DoD Should Determine How to Communicate Critical Tech List to Other Agencies

Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DoD) determine ways to communicate its list of critical technologies, acquisition programs and manufacturing capabilities within DoD and to other agencies, come up with metrics to evaluate protection efforts and designate an organization to oversee future protection measures.

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GSA Begins 2021 With Release of Two RFIs, Draft Solicitation for Polaris; Keith Nakasone, Allen Hill Quoted

General Services

The General Services Administration (GSA) started calendar year 2021 with the release of a draft request for proposals for the Polaris governmentwide acquisition contract and two requests for information for machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities and a plan to come up with a new contract vehicle for professional services. 

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