Tag Archives: Defense Department

DoD Adds New Cyber Rules for Defense Contractors

The Defense Department has made changes to its cybsersecurity rules for defense contractors in a bid to better protect and control technical data, Reuters reported Tuesday. David Alexander writes one amendment requires companies to extend their information security standards to include unclassified networks. The new rules also call on contractors …

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Pentagon, VA Work Toward Interoperable EHRs; Theresa Cullen Comments

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have jointly created the VistA Evolution software program that works to help users share electronic health records, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Michael O’Connell writes Theresa Cullen, the Veterans Health Administration’s chief medical informatics officer, told the radio station in an interview that …

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Robert Hale Hopeful for Short-Term Sequestration Relief

Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale told a conference in Washington Thursday he is hoping for temporary relief from sequestration as lawmakers deliberate on the federal budget, Defense One reported Thursday. Charles S. Clark writes Hale hopes for the deal to reduce defense cuts under the sequester from $50 billion to the $20 …

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Pentagon Calls Off Russian Helicopter Buy

The Defense Department has cancelled plans to buy 15 Russian Mi-17 helicopters from state-owned enterprise Rosoboronexport , Reuters reported Wednesday. Warren Strobel writes the scuttled deal followed bipartisan criticism after reports surfaced that the Russian manufacturer also deals in arms exports to Syria. According to Reuters, the $345 million in cancelled …

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Inspector General Officials Want Cyber Threat Sharing System for Federal Agencies; Suzanne Spaulding Comments

Inspector General officials have proposed a centralized system for government agencies to share cyber threat information and alert each other to potential attacks, Defense One reported Nov. 5. Aliya Sternstein writes the IG wants a management database, calling list and communications monitoring system intended to help the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, …

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Fixmo to Build Pentagon Mobile Mgmt Platform

The Defense Department has hired mobile security company Fixmo to develop a mobile device management platform for Pentagon staff to access email and calendar activities and browse the Internet using Google Android and Apple mobile devices, Defense News reported Monday. Nicole Blake Johnson writes the Pentagon is acquiring a monitoring …

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GAO Finds DoD Budget Shifts Helped Manage Sequestration Cuts

The Defense Department’s decision to shift funding in order to comply with $37 billion in mandated sequestration cuts earlier this year helped offset impacts on areas such as the Afghanistan war, Reuters reported Thursday. David Alexander writes that a Government Accountability Office report highlighted adjustments the Pentagon made to Army training …

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Idea Raised to Combine Defense, Veterans Affairs Health Systems

Some Military Retirement and Compensation Modernization Commission have discussed an idea consolidate healthcare systems of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Military Times reported Thursday. Patricia Kime writes the unified health system concept was introduced at the MRCMC’s public hearing Monday at Fort Belvoir, Va., where various veterans service organizations discussed issues raised …

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