The Joint Information Environment is not an attempt by the Defense Information Systems Agency to take over all the Defense Department's data centers, said Tony Montemarano, DISA director of strategic planning and information. The JIE is "not about DISA controlling the world, DISA über alles," he said. "The military departments have got formidable capabilities...it makes no sense to turn them off." He spoke March 25 at ACT-IAC event in downtown Washington, D.C.
The Defense Logistics Agency paid accountants to manually calculate its fiscal 2012 trial balance despite spending more than $2 billion so far on an enterprise resource planning system that should have been able to automatically record transactional data, says the Defense Department office of inspector general.
A bill that would change federal information technology buying practices and authorities of IT officials passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee March 20 through a unanimous voice vote.
Officials testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had to have known they were in for a rough day Tuesday just based on title of the hearing: "DoD and DHS: Implementing Agency Watchdogs' Recommendations Could Save Taxpayers Billions."
The head of Cyber Command says the difference between an exploit in cyberspace and an attack that warrants a response is a policy decision. The White House will make that call, not the military, Gen. Keith Alexander told the House Armed Services subcommittee on intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities on March 13.
Obama administration officials say they see promise in a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency effort to fund research into spectrum sharing mechanisms that would allow radar and communication signals to co-exist within the same band.
The Defense Information Systems Agency has migrated the millionth user to its Microsoft enterprise email solution, making the offering "one of the largest independent email systems on the globe," agency officials told reporters in a March 13 presser. DISA charges $39.64 annually for each account, which comes with 4 gigabytes of storage, said Alfred Rivera, DISA principal director of enterprise services.
Reviews conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency continually failed to meet established professional standards in fiscal 2010, says the Defense Department's inspector general.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced March 4 it's taken full control over a gap filler polar-orbiting weather satellite from NASA. The United States faces the likely prospect of an afternoon orbit polar weather satellite gap of 18 to 24 months between the time that the Suomi NPP reaches the end of its lifespan and when the first orbiter of its successor two-satellite constellation.
A Defense Science Board task force says the Defense Department should segregate a portion of its military force away to ensure it has the capability to complete missions in the event of a catastrophic cyber attack. Ensuring the deterrence threat is credible will require separating some military forces of sufficient capability away from the wider DoD network, at least until Defense develops the capability to return assets to a trusted, known state, the report says.