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Why Open Data is the Future of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

June 29, 2015 Times are a changin’ for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. In the past, it was the supercool, secret sauce-worthy stuff NGA did to deliver world-class geospatial intelligence to warfighters, stakeholders and decision-makers on which the agency focused the majority of its efforts. In recent years, with the explosion of publicly available...

What Do US Intelligence Agencies and Netflix Have in Common? Both are Amazon Cloud Customers

June 26, 2015 It’s been almost a year since Amazon Web Services stood up a cloud computing infrastructure for the 17 agencies within the intelligence community. The C2S cloud, part of a daring deal led by the Central Intelligence Agency, has already shaken up the status quo of “heritage systems” that until now...

FCC Gives IBM Green Light to Operate New Cloud Services

June 25, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission has granted IBM an authorization to operate its Softlayer Federal Cloud, meaning Big Blue is about to have both a new federal customer and a second cloud service in compliance with FedRAMP. The agency ATO applies to two of IBM’s Softlayer data centers – in Ashburn,...

Pentagon Moves Ahead with Plan Allowing Personnel to Access Classified Info from Mobile Devices

June 24, 2015 The Defense Department just got more mobile with its classified information. Pentagon officials announced Wednesday a new Defense mobile capability has moved out of the pilot stage and will be incorporated into agency operations. The new capability, created through a partnership between DOD’s IT arm, the Defense Information Systems Agency,...

The Government Has Chief Data Officers, But What Do They Do?

June 22, 2015 In the past two years, there has been a new addition to the government’s C-suite – the chief data officer. Charged with making better use of the increasing amount of data federal agencies collect, CDOs are primed to have a major impact on government in the coming years. But what,...

Want to Implement Emerging Tech Successfully? Start Small

June 19, 2015 In government, fully implementing new technologies can take a while – months and years – and even then, those projects fail at alarmingly high rates. As government agencies increasingly delve into new technologies like big data, increased analytic capabilities and cloud computing, the best bet to get the best bang...

Pentagon to Silicon Valley: Teach Us Big Data

June 18, 2015 In Washington, where tech buzzwords are dropped more frequently than phone calls in the Metro tunnel, it’s not surprising to hear the Pentagon wants to get better at big data. What is interesting, though, is the Defense Department’s approach. Rather than ponying up big bucks and buying technologies as was...

Federal CIO: Cyber is ‘Our Most Important Mission Today’

June 17, 2015 In the wake of massive government data breaches that exposed millions of federal employees’ personal information, cybersecurity has become perhaps the White House’s highest priority. One day after the leader of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked Office of Personnel Management leadership to resign over the breaches, U.S....

Federal CTO: How Can We Be More like Estonia?

June 16, 2015 America is still the strongest military power in the world and perhaps the most powerful beacon of democracy, but when it comes to digital prowess in government, the mantle undoubtedly belongs to Estonia. Situated alongside the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland, Estonia is among the most digital-friendly governments in...

NGA Deputy Director: Let’s Get More Agile

June 12, 2015 If top-down directives count for anything in the intelligence community, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is about to adopt more agile procurement processes. Sue Gordon, NGA’s deputy director, issued an open letter to the agency’s entire workforce, urging employees to “challenge the status quo, to leverage best practices” and to take...