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Navy Applies Virtualization Tech to Marine Corps Training

The U.S. Navy tested an existing 3D virtual training platform for the use of marines assigned to perform command, control, communications, computers and intelligence operations. Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic included the Multi-purpose Reconfigurable Training System in a new equipment training package designed for C4I across marines' communication systems and submarines, the Navy said Thursday.

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Air Force SF Academy Gets VR Tech to Boost Training

The U.S. Air Force’s innovation hub has helped its Security Forces Academy utilize commercial technology to enhance training for airmen, DVIDShub reported Monday. The academy used the AFWERX program to partner with New York-based tech vendor Street Smarts VR to integrate virtual reality into the training in its 343rd Training Squadron schoolhouse at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

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GSA Eyes FedRAMP Training Program for Federal Security Officials

General Services Administration officials said they plan to provide federal security officers hands-on training on the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, FedScoop reported Wednesday. “We’re going to start bringing security officers into our office, give them some training on FedRAMP, radicalize them to our methodologies,” Zach Baldwin, program manager at FedRAMP, said Tuesday at the Cloud Security Alliance’s federal summit. 

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Executive Order Directs DHS, Other Agencies to Strengthen Cyber Workforce; Kevin McAleenan Quoted

President Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring the federal government to implement measures to build up the country’s cybersecurity workforce. The EO directs the Department of Homeland Security to establish the Federal Cybersecurity Rotational Program that would allow government cyber and information technology professionals to work at DHS through temporary assignments to facilitate knowledge sharing, DHS said Thursday.

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Adam Hickey: Cyber Threats Drive DOJ to Recruit Lawyers With Tech Background

Adam Hickey, deputy assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice, told Federal News Network in an interview published Friday that DOJ is ramping up its efforts to recruit lawyers with background in modern technologies amid the increasing cyber threats facing the federal government.

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FBI’s Christopher Wray Talks Data Analysis, Cyber Training at Budget Hearing

FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared before the House Appropriations Committee’s commerce, justice, science and related agencies subpanel to discuss the bureau’s budget request, FCW reported Thursday. According to budget documents, the bureau seeks $70.5 million in additional funds to build up cyber tools and data-sharing abilities as well as hire 33 additional employees.

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Military Sealift Command Inaugurates Civil Service Training Hub

The Military Sealift Command unveiled a new training facility at Joint Base Langley-Eustis intended to hone newly employed civil service mariners. The Military Sealift Command Center for Excellence opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 25, the U.S. Navy said Monday. The service branch also plans to add damage control and firefighting simulators to the facility.

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Air Force, Army Working on New Contracts to Expand Military Cyber Training

The U.S. Air Force and Army issued solicitations seeking industry support for new initiatives to expand the cyber training environment for U.S. service members, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. The Army is aiming to build new cyber ranges in Orlando and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Charleston, S. C., and in Patuxent River, Md to increase cybersecurity training and certification events for its troops.

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Navy Preps to Return Littoral Combat Ships to Missions in FY19

The U.S. Navy plans to resume deployment of its Littoral Combat Ships this fall following a delay in 2018 due to challenges in manning and advanced training, USNI News reported Monday. Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces, said the service branch intends to return three LCS before fiscal year 2019 ends in September.

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