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Federal Government Takes a Bet on Quantum Computing with New D-Wave Purchase

November 12, 2015 The Los Alamos National Laboratory is buying a new quantum computing processor from Canadian company D-Wave, the national security technology laboratory announced this week. Los Alamos, which develops a wide variety of technology, including systems for monitoring nuclear stockpiles, will be the first federal entity to purchase a D-Wave system...

On Veterans Day, VA Quietly Unveils New 'Vets.gov'

November 11, 2015 The Department of Veterans Affairs has quietly unveiled the beta version of Vets.gov, a new site eventually intended to give users single sign-on access to thousands of online veteran services. Currently, the site is a bare-bones framework of that vision. The site points users to explanations of veterans' education and...

Can the Pentagon Ditch the Password and Finally Embrace the 'Internet of Things'?

November 11, 2015 Today's soldiers might be less technologically equipped than the average person. Soldiers primarily use radio systems and voice recorders for communication, accessed through the military Wideband Networking protocol. Civilians, in contrast, use a variety of Web applications on 3G and 4G Internet, digitally-enabled home appliances, wearable devices and mobile phones...

DOD Official on 'Internet of Things' Security: 'We Have to Drive Out Passwords'

November 10, 2015 Today's soldiers might be less technologically equipped than the average person. Soldiers primarily use radio systems and voice recorders for communication, accessed through the military Wideband Networking protocol. Civilians, in contrast, use a variety of Web applications on 3G and 4G Internet, digitally-enabled home appliances, wearable devices and mobile phones...

18F's Micropurchasing Dilemma: Is $1 for Code Too Cheap?

November 9, 2015 The General Services Administration is struggling to pinpoint how much the federal government should pay for open-source software code. But this time, at least, it's not that it's too expensive. In fact, as evidenced in its new micropurchasing experiment, open-source software coding services could be too cheap. For the past...

Your Next Fitbit Should Detect Nuclear Bombs, DHS Hopes

November 9, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security is developing portable devices that can detect nuclear threats, as part of a broader federal effort to invest in wearable technology. In a Friday blog post, Huban Gowadia, director of DHS' Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, outlined the "Human Portable Tripwire" program, which intends to outfit...

DHS Invests in Wearables That Can Detect Nuclear Threats

November 6, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security is developing portable devices that can detect nuclear threats, as part of a broader federal effort to invest in wearable technology. In a Friday blog post, Huban Gowadia, director of DHS' Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, outlined the "Human Portable Tripwire" program, which intends to outfit...

Justice Department Wants Anti-Drone Systems for Prisons

November 5, 2015 The Department of Justice wants to crack down on drones illegally delivering contraband to federal inmates. The Federal Bureau of Prisons is looking for information about technology that could detect unmanned air vehicles, track them, and bring down or disable them. In its Request for Information, BOP's Office of Security...

OPM Hires New Cyber Adviser

November 4, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management is hiring a new senior adviser in an effort to fulfill its cybersecurity improvement plan from the summer, the agency announced Wednesday. Clifton Triplett has been appointed OPM's senior cyber and information technology adviser, and will report directly to Beth Cobert, OPM's acting director. Triplett...

Q&A: How the Postal Service Thinks It Can Predict the Next Cyber Breach

November 3, 2015 Following the cyber intrusion at the U.S. Postal Service last year, which compromised the personal information of more than 800,0000 current and former employees, the agency says it now wants to use predictive systems to stop the next cyberattack. That’s just one of many projects emerging from the agency's Data...