Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense, and Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, principal deputy cyber adviser to the DoD secretary; have said the new authorities to establish information technology and cybersecurity standards under the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act are coming into force, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. “The authorities that you all gave me starting this year around being able to set architectural standards are quite significant, and we are now starting to use those new authorities,” said Deasy, a 2019 Wash100 winner, during his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in January.Read More »
Rep. Mac Thornberry believes that setting up a Space Force as a new branch of the U.S. military will continue receiving support from both sides of the aisle even though the House of Representatives is now under the control of the Democratic Party. Thornberry's remarks come even as incoming House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith has expressed opposition to the establishment of a Space Force as an independent military branch, Space News reported Tuesday.Read More »
Congress provided the chief information officer at the Department of Defense with additional authorities and responsibilities through new provisions that took effect Tuesday, Jan. 1, as part of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization measure, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The amendments would direct the DoD CIO to develop, publish and adopt standards for all cyber and information technology capabilities that operate on networks of service branches and defense agencies.Read More »
The Department of Defense has proposed a rule that aims to set restrictions on the use of the lowest price technically acceptable approach in the source-selection process. A Federal Register notice published Tuesday says DoD introduced the rule as an amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to comply with the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.Read More »
Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, deputy commander of Cyber Command, has said Cybercom has received authorities in the past six months to defend against threat actors, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. “We can no longer have policy that runs all the way to the very senior levels of our organizations before we can take action,” Stewart said Nov. 14 at the CyCon conference in Washington.Read More »
The House Armed Services Committee has named Eric Schmidt, technical adviser to Alphabet’s board; and Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Labs; to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The commission was formed through the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to assess developments in AI, machine learning and related technologies as well as their implications for national security, the committee said Wednesday.
Mike Pence: ‘Space Force’ Aims to Address ‘Fragmented Responsibilities’ Over National Security Programs
Vice President Mike Pence has said the establishment of a “space force” as the sixth military branch seeks to address the “lack of centralized leadership and accountability” over programs that aim to promote national security in space. Pence said Tuesday at the National Space Council’s fourth meeting at the National Defense University that the council would vote on six recommendations for the proposed roadmap to form the new service, which he says would help sort out the "fragmented responsibilities" over national security space initiatives.Read More »
The Defense Department has decided to withdraw its proposed rule to regulate payments to contractors based on performance, Defense News reported Monday. “Recently, proposed amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) were prematurely released, absent full coordination,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a statement obtained by the publication.Read More »
A defense spending measure signed into law by President Donald Trump will earmark $10M in fiscal 2019 funds for the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence that would assess how the Defense Department can leverage machine learning and AI for national security, Sludge reported Wednesday.