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IBM’s Watson Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

4:42 PM ET IBM’s Watson supercomputer used its revolutionary natural-language processing technology to best the top human challengers on the game show Jeopardy in 2011, and ever since Watson and its team have taken on increasingly tougher tasks. In Big Blue’s latest effort, the company partnered with USAA, a financial services provider for ...

U.S. Embassies Get $275 Million to Secure Communications Systems

July 22, 2014 The State Department on Monday awarded a task order worth up to $275 million over the next five years to AT&T Government Solutions to design and provide secure telephone and communications systems run over the Internet to more than 300 U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. The Foreign Post Telephone Replacement ...

Embassies Get Phone System Upgrades Thanks to New $275M Contract

July 22, 2014 The State Department on Monday awarded a task order worth up to $275 million over the next five years to AT&T Government Solutions to design and provide secure telephone and communications systems run over the Internet to more than 300 U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. The Foreign Post Telephone Replacement ...

NOAA Moves a Step Closer to More Accurate Weather Forecasts

July 21, 2014 The $11 billion successor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s current crop of geostationary weather satellites received another key delivery last week with word that five of six instruments are ready to be integrated into the next-generation spacecraft. When the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R series reaches full ...

GAO: Weaknesses Remain in FDIC's Information Security

July 18, 2014 The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation enforces banking laws and regulates financial institutions across the country, yet weaknesses in its security posture place information at unnecessary risk, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The GAO report posits that while FDIC has “made progress in securing key financial systems” following ...

How the CIA Partnered With Amazon and Changed Intelligence

July 11, 2014 The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If ...

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How the CIA Dismissed the Status Quo, Partnered With Amazon and Changed Intelligence

July 10, 2014 The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If ...

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Daring Deal

July 9, 2014 The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If ...

Oracle Protests $427 Million DISA Cloud Storage Contract

June 30, 2014 A $427 million cloud storage contract for the Defense Department has yet to go to bid, but it’s already under protest. According to Washington Technology, Oracle Corp. filed a pre-award protest of the contract -- called the Enterprise Storage Services II and now held by incumbent contractor VION Corp. -- ...

Are Agencies Making the Grade in Data Center Consolidation?

June 30, 2014 A survey released today suggests a majority of federal agencies aren’t making the cut when it comes to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, largely because of the government’s penchant for duplicating data. The MeriTalk survey polled 150 federal IT decision makers and found just more than half would grade ...