What Happened This Week – Ep. 53

In today’s world, national security threats can come in many different forms – ranging from adversaries exploiting social media, IT, and other aspects of the information environment. The Pentagon has training in place to help leaders to operate in this environment, but a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says the agency lacks guidance to go along with the training, leaving leaders confused about what topics to cover – and possibly unable to make effective decisions.

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Fundamentally, the job of an intelligence analyst hasn’t changed; but what has changed is the increased collaboration between analysts and data stewards and operators, according to a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official who talked this week about the ongoing evolution of that collaboration.

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There are three big things that leaders at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) plan to prioritize in 2023: how is the agency postured to meet the threats of today, how the agency can position itself to be at an advantage, and how to increase and improve partnerships.

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Lauren Knausenberger, Air Force CIO
data management
Cybersecurity

The Defense Department’s Secure Unclassified Network (SUNet) is not compliant with cybersecurity requirements due to a lack of proper monitoring and management, according to a  Jan. 12 report from the agency’s internal watchdog.

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The director of the Defense Department’s (DoD) Zero Trust Portfolio Management Office said today that the Pentagon is already working on the next iteration of its Zero Trust Strategy that was released in November of 2022, with a focus on making zero trust work in challenging environments.

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Air Force

While the U.S. Air Force has taken positive steps to develop the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), it has yet to deliver or identify any capabilities of the system, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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army fitness apps

Several emerging technologies have allowed the U.S. Army to stay ahead but the service branch still faces some challenges, LTG Maria Gervais, deputy commanding general at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, said during the AFCEA NOVA IT Day event hosted by AFCEA NOVA on Jan. 12.

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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD), recently issued a request for information (RFI) to gather industry input on the development of a Next-Generation Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) Strategic Roadmap.

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The Pentagon on Jan. 12 released its long-awaited 2022 report on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) – more commonly known as UFOs – which details 510 incidents, with many of those occurring in sensitive military airspace. 

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Army

Chief information officers (CIO) from the U.S. Army Reserve and the National Guard Bureau (NGB) laid out their top tech priorities and projects they have in the works as they head full force into 2023.

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air force

Eileen Vidrine is returning to the Department of the Air Force (DAF) later this month to serve as the service branch’s chief data and artificial intelligence officer (CDAO).

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vaccine

The Pentagon formally dropped its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all service members on Jan. 11 through a new memo from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that rescinds his original August 2021 mandate.

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded Maxar Technologies land cover and enhanced application programming interface (API) contracts worth up to $35.8 million.

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Dr. Raj Iyer, chief information officer (CIO) for the U.S. Army, plans to step down from his position in the coming weeks transitioning from the Department of Defense (DoD) to private industry, according to his LinkedIn post.

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Milancy D. Harris was sworn in Jan. 3 as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (DUSD(I&S)) at the Department of Defense (DoD). President Biden nominated Harris for the position back in May 2022, and the Senate finally confirmed her nomination on Dec. 22.

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military healthcare, veterans healthcare

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Telita Crosland was appointed as the fourth director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA), during a Jan. 3 ceremony, during which she pledged to continue taking the DHA “down its path of excellence.”

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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is seeking information on new commercial off-the-shelf Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and subscription licenses for its Global ServiceDesk platform, according to a recent request for information (RFI).

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From announcing a multi-cloud effort to provide enterprise cloud capabilities for the Department of Defense (DoD) at all three security classifications, to implementing ambitious cyber-related goals to improve its security posture, it’s clear the DoD has certainly had a very busy year on the year on the tech front.

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Santa's Sleigh

In keeping with tradition, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed it has a special mission on Dec. 24: to track Santa’s Christmas journey, marking its 67th year of tracking Santa’s whereabouts as he and his reindeer travel around the world.

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The Department of the Navy has awarded a five-year contract worth nearly $724 million to Amazon Web Services (AWS) that will provide the Navy with access to AWS’s commercial cloud environment, AWS Professional Services, and AWS training and certification courses.

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