The potential for cyber weapons' tactical integration into military operations can't be known without systemic experimentation, says a Center for Strategic and International Studies report based on workshops with military and other experts.
In the wake of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered three panels to investigate the situation and how to prevent it in the future. "Obviously, something went wrong," Hagel said in a Sept. 18 Pentagon press conference.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded $7 million in grants that will support five identity protection and verification pilots in support of National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace implementation. The grants will further the work of multi-year NSTIC pilots that were first unveiled in September 2012.
Auditors are again finding problems with the Army's $1.4 billion enterprise resource planning system for its general ledger known as the General Fund Enterprise Business System, stating in a new report (.pdf) that it falls short on its real property functions.
Keeping the size and quality of the all-volunteer force should be the main priority, while being fiscally responsible should be the goal of reforming the military pay and benefits system, says a Sept. 12 letter from President Obama to Congress and the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission offering guidance on reforming the compensation and retirement system.
Several departments underspent on small business programs for the commercialization of research and development because they left out entire component agencies from the calculations used to fund the programs, the GAO says. Under two federal programs, agencies must spend a certain percentage of their outside research and development funding on small businesses R&D efforts that align with federal priorities.
Measured government spending on service contracts fell $48 billion in fiscal 2012 compared to its peak in 2009, a Sept. 3 Center for Strategic and International Studies report (.pdf) says. Total services contract obligation dropped to $308 billion from $356 billion in 2009, the report says. All dollars are inflation adjust for fiscal 2012.
Ineffective risk management is impairing progress towards audit-ready financial statements at the Defense Department, says the Government Accountability Office. Specifically, auditors take (.pdf) the...
A large majority of agencies involved in sharing counterterrorism information say they plan on adopting Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management standards as part of information sharing systems. Slightly fewer than half of surveyed agencies could say they've aligned their sensitive-but-unclassified network architecture to be consistent with FICAM, however--47 percent of surveyed agencies said they have, while 53 percent said they haven't.
Almost 3,400 civilian military medical workers quit their jobs in the months when furloughs were being carried out, the majority coming from Army medical facilities, an Aug. 28 USA Today report says. Due to sequestration, the DoD faced $37 billion in spending cuts and furloughed about 700,000 civilian workers for 6 days