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2018 NDAA: Congress Would Withhold Half Of WIN-T Funding Until Army Can Justify Expense

Congress is proposing to withhold half the funding authorized for procurement and fielding of the Army’s battlefield communications network until delivery of a detailed report on the beleaguered multi-billion-dollar program.The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) has suffered hard knocks from congressional defense committees in recent hearings, most notably from Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chair John…

Army Seeking Partnerships To Grow AI Network Protection Capabilities

Army leadership is set on shifting its network protection apparatus to leverage automated artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities as it looks to free up its growing cyber branch service to develop new tools to combat future threats.Officials are seeking greater partnerships with industry to address future cyber warfare needs, and hope to speed up the transition…

Air Force Focusing IT Acquisition On Agile Software Development, Open Mission Systems

The Air Force’s information technology acquisition director is using her experience as the former vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency to alter the Air Force’s approach to meet system operational needs that currently lag behind growing cyber threats.Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel sees her service’s transition to a procurement model focused on agile software…

DoD’s AI Development Program To Deliver First Algorithms In December

The Department of Defense’s artificial intelligence (AI) development program is set to deliver its first round of algorithms in December to be deployed for warfighting operational sensors, according to project lead Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan.Project Maven, also known as algorithmic warfare cross-functional team, which stood up April 2017, is DoD’s unit dedicated to AI innovation,…

Army, Navy Cyber Mission Force Teams Reach Full Operational Capability

The Army and Navy’s Cyber Mission Force (CMF) teams have both reached full operational capability (FOC) a year ahead of schedule.U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) validated the CMF’s met all training and capability requirements needed to carry out current cyberspace operations, both services announced Nov. 2.All 40 Navy CMF teams were approved for FOC on Oct.…

DISA Focused On Analytics, Software-Based Solutions For Future Procurement Projects

The Department of Defense’s technology agency is focused on acquiring support services for its Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) network protection system and updated cyber analytics capabilities as it sets its procurement priorities for fiscal year 2018 and beyond.Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) held its Forecast to Industry event Nov. 6 and pushed for greater…

Final Version of NDAA Directs White House, DoD To Update Cyber Strategies

The final version of the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2018 calls on the White House to develop a national cyber warfare policy and directs the Department of Defense to address lagging information technology (IT) modernization efforts.Conference negotiations on the final version of the $700 billion fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) concluded Nov.…

Air Force To Finish Study On ISR Needs By Early 2018

The U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) expects to finish a study on future intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and strike capabilities in late 2017 or early 2018, according to the command.The study, or capabilities-based assessment (CBA), began in December to “identify needed capabilities and associated capability gaps” that the Air Force could eventually translate…

CBP Awards CACI $35M for Support AMOSS

CACI International [CACI] has received a four-year $34.5 million task order from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue providing technology updates and operations and maintenance to the agency’s Air and Marine Operations Surveillance System (AMOSS).The system is used by CBP’s Air and Marine Operations Center to provide a real-time air and marine surveillance picture…

DoD IT Officials Urge Senior Leadership To Set Automation, Application Cloud Migration Priorities

Department of Defense information technology (IT) officials are urging senior leadership to prioritize acquisition efforts needed to speed up the integration of network automation capabilities and the migration of critical applications to the cloud.Panelists at a Defense Systems summit on Nov. 14 called on DoD and its industry partners to re-focus the cloud computing conversation on data…