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Navy’s $2.5B Plan for Shipboard Networks Hits Snag after GAO Partially Upholds Protest

December 19, 2014 The story has been updated with comments from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command spokesman. The Government Accountability Office has partially sustained a bid protest filed by contractor CGI Federal over a $2.5 billion set of U.S. Navy contracts. GAO's ruling could further delay Navy's plans to upgrade the nation’s ...

With New Policy, DOD Components Won’t Need DISA to Buy Cloud Services

December 17, 2014 New Defense Department guidance issued Wednesday by Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen allows DOD components to acquire commercial cloud services without the Defense Information Systems Agency acting as a broker. The new policy overrides two previous memorandums that charged DISA with assessing the security of commercial cloud service offerings ...

VA Looks to IBM’s Watson To Improve Veterans Health Care

December 16, 2014 IBM’s Watson technology – first made famous in 2011 after besting human competitors on the television game show "Jeopardy" – is now turning its computing power toward improving veterans’ health care. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today a two-year pilot program with the company worth $6.8 million, signaling the ...

Get Ready for a More Efficient, Flexible FedRAMP

December 16, 2014 The cloud times – they are a-changin.’ As the disruptive potential of cloud computing continues to evolve, so too will the standardized approach federal agencies take to ensure the cloud computing service providers they ink deals with meet security standards, according to the officials who run the program. That approach ...

VA Turns to IBM Watson to Improve Veteran Care

December 15, 2014 IBM’s Watson technology – first made famous in 2011 after besting human competitors on the television game show "Jeopardy" – is now turning its computing power toward improving veterans’ health care. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today a two-year pilot program with the company worth $6.8 million, signaling the ...

Tech Explosion Makes Cybercrooks Harder to Catch

December 11, 2014 In the United States, conventional law enforcement policies and tactics do a decent job catching conventional criminals. In cyberspace, those same policies are outdated and don’t keep pace with the technology evolution, according to some law enforcement experts. Major government networks and private sector companies were breached in 2014, and ...

Why Even the Best Hackers Could Soon be Outsmarted by Machines

December 10, 2014 In 1997, the greatest living human chess player was beaten in a best-of-three match by a supercomputer. Since Gary Kasparov’s defeat by IBM’s Deep Blue 17 years ago, humans have essentially been playing chess for second place -- and it may not be long before they are relegated to the ...

Microsoft Makes a Big Play to Become Government Cloud Provider

December 10, 2014 Microsoft is going hard after the federal cloud computing market. On Tuesday, the enterprise software behemoth flew its top dog, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, to Washington, D.C., to announce the general availability of Microsoft Azure Government and the January release of Dynamics CRM. Azure Government is Microsoft’s answer to ...

First Intelligence Agency to Host App in Amazon Cloud

December 9, 2014 The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has become the first intelligence agency to host a large-scale operational capability in Amazon's cloud. That move comes just months after the Amazon Web Services-built cloud for the intelligence community officially came online. NGA's migration of its Map of the World application – often called the ...

Pentagon Watchdog: DOD Stumbles in Cloud Computing Plan

December 5, 2014 It’s one thing to have a plan. It’s another to carry it out. That’s the message conveyed in an inspector general report regarding the execution of the Defense Department’s cloud computing strategy. DOD created the plan in July 2012 in an effort to explore and use potential cost savings and ...