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Mila Jasper

Mila Jasper
Mila Jasper is an editorial fellow at Nextgov. She is interested in covering national security, defense and technology issues. A DMV native, Mila has returned to the area to report after graduating from Northwestern University.
CIO Briefing

Administration Unveils Senior Tech and Acquisition Leaders

Some will serve as temporary caretakers as nominees go through the confirmation process.

Emerging Tech

Trump Takes Executive Action on Drones in Final White House Days

The executive order encourages federal agencies to divest from unmanned aerial systems manufactured by China, Russia and Iran.

CIO Briefing

Defense Secretary Nominee Says Hack Perpetrators ‘Should be Held Accountable’

Gen. Lloyd Austin committed to conducting a review of defense cyber operations, if confirmed.

CIO Briefing

GAO: DOD Needs Permanent Group to Protect Critical Technologies

The task force currently running these efforts is set to dissolve in the coming months.

CIO Briefing

DISA to Take Over Implementation of the Pentagon’s Cloud Programs

Execution of enterprise cloud programs was previously run through the office of the chief information officer.

CIO Briefing

DOD Launches ‘Speed Dating App’ Connecting Vetted Capital With Tech Companies

The digital marketplace for the Defense Department’s Trusted Capital initiative went live shortly before the holidays.

Cybersecurity

NSA Cyber Directorate Touts Election, Pandemic Security Work in 2020 Review

Anne Neuberger, NSA’s director of cybersecurity, said the agency “surged rapidly” to secure telework and protect networks used in vaccine development.

CIO Briefing

Lawmaker Urges Tech Companies to Save Posts, Metadata From Jan. 6 Insurrection

Sen. Mark Warner sent letters to 11 wireless communication and social media companies asking them to get ready to hand over content for legal proceedings.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Releases Strategy for Countering Small Drones

The strategy’s accompanying implementation plan is set for release later this month, DOD officials said.

CIO Briefing

FBI Calls for Photos, Videos of Insurrectionists at the Capitol

The Department of Justice said some participants will be charged in connection with the riots.

Data

Air Force Software Hub Needs New Data Chief

Boston-based Kessel Run is looking for a chief data officer candidate with extensive technical experience.

Data

DOD Expands Data Repository for Business Information Across the Enterprise

The Defense Repository for Common Enterprise Data will be able to support more information systems across the agency with the new designation.

IT Modernization

10 of 15 of DOD’s Major IT Projects Are Behind Schedule, GAO Found

Lack of talent is one of the key reasons Defense officials cited for shortfalls implementing cybersecurity best practices. 

Data

DOD Released Its First Enterprisewide Data Strategy in 2020. Here’s Why It Matters.

While industry experts say the strategy lays a much-needed foundation, the devil’s in the details when it comes to implementation.

Podcasts

Critical Update: Why Having Artificial Intelligence Talent is a National Security Issue

Dr. José-Marie Griffiths discusses her work crafting workforce recommendations for Congress as part of her work with the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

Emerging Tech

CBP Should Halt Expansion of the Biometric Entry-Exit Program, Many Commenters Write

Advocacy groups and the City of Portland wrote the Homeland Security Department urging a full stop on expanding the use of facial recognition technologies. 

Emerging Tech

Researchers Sent ‘Smart Fabric’ Capable of Detecting Microscopic Vibrations to Space

The acoustic fabric, which could eventually be used in spacesuits and soldier uniforms, “bridges the physical and digital domains,” officials say.