The Navy’s global, federated Defensive Cyber Operation (DCO) enclave is about to get a major upgrade. PMW 130, the Cybersecurity Program Office, recently put a Request for Information on the street to engage with industry on ideas to upgrade their Sharkcage program. 17 companies responded.
Prize Challenges have been growing in popularity as the Government tries to get out from under their cumbersome, innovation-sapping Federal Acquisition Regulations. Recently, the US Navy has seen some excellent success with their Artificial Intelligence Applications to Autonomous Cybersecurity (IA ATAC) Challenge. Anyone over 18 years of age, who is a US citizen, can participate. And there can be real money in it!
This OODA Network Expert interview is with Masha Sedova, Co-Founder of Elevate Security. Masha’s life story is a surprise and an inspiration. Read how this Russian-born emigre developed a synergy between left-brain and right-brain to solve one of our toughest problems in Cyber Security – the Insider Threat.
Masha often hears executives opine “Humans are the weakest link”. She disagrees. “It’s a hard problem, and requires good psychology and good data, but I’ve seen organizations where the human element is one of the core features of their defense.”
Several years ago, the Navy selected Hondo (James) Geurts as their new Acquisition Chief. His previous experience buying for Special Operations Command taught him some unique ways to incentivize innovation and improve speed-to-capability. While some programs (ships, submarines, etc.) benefit from the full scrutiny of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, most IT systems do not. The Navy is tired of delivering great technologies that are several years out of date by the time the Sailors see them. In the past three years, the Navy has greatly improved the way they look at these cutting-edge technologies. This includes new contract types (Other Transactional Authorities (OTA’s) are now commonplace for IT solutions). The Navy can communicate their pain points quickly and directly with Industry via white papers, and commercial demonstrations or pilots are able to move rapidly from concept to contract without further competition.
Unmanned ground systems have been around and in use in DoD for decades. They were used throughout WWII for various functions considered too dangerous for humans, like demolition missions or advancing on a battle front to draw enemy fire. What’s exciting today is the explosion of possibilities as we couple artificial intelligence with modern day sensors and a versatile all-terrain ground platform. The FY21 President’s Budget dedicates serious funding to the R&D of Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Systems (IRAS). Systems that can perform autonomously, make intelligent decisions based on what they “sense” and carry our successful missions (with or without a human in the mix) are critical to DoD’s strategy over the next decade.
This post is based on an interview Joel Wallenstrom, CEO and President at Wickr. It is part of our series of interviews of OODA Network members. Our objective with these interviews is to provide actionable information of interest to the community, including insights that can help with your own career progression. We also really like highlighting some of the great people that make our continued research and reporting possible
Joel Wallenstrom took a long look at his classmates in the computer lab at Brown University and decided he’d never have the discipline and rigorous engineering habits needed to create a career in technology. Today, he’s the CEO and President of the world’s most innovative secure communications company.
“We need to create a data transport where the service provider can’t get access to your information for monetization. It’s a very complex problem when you consider firewall rulesets being automatically updated by machines.”
Marc Ambinder has spent his high profile career at the intersection of journalism, national security and politics. Read how his innate curiosity helped him create a successful career doing the work he loves.
“When you are trying to mitigate a crisis, you need to be open minded for things that violate your intuition but might make sense down the road.” Marc advises. It’s not always immediately obvious what the winners will be.
Manned Attack Helicopters will remain an essential part of the Vertical Lift Force in the United States for the foreseeable future, despite the recent proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles. As the existing fleet of manned attack helicopters approaches end of life, the U. S. Military prepares to replace, update and repair these critical assets.
This special report, prepared for OODA Network Members, will be of interest to any executive in the aerospace and defense sector as well as strategists seeking insights into the near future of military capabilities.
This post is based on an interview with Dr. Jen Buss, President of Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. It is part of our series of interviews of OODA Network members
“Ask for the best available science you can get, and then make a decision and live with it. There will always be MORE data later, and you can adjust as needed, but waiting to have ALL the data is a decision in itself!”
Jen Hoar has been a part of the OODA expert network for a decade, specializing in the HUMINT skills that can be utilized to derive nuance and information from conversations and interviews. “I’ve come to be surprised at how indispensable listening to your intuition is, including when you have a ton of information at your disposal to make a risk calculus,” Jen says. “You can research and pull data forever, but there is only so much analysis a human mind can do. At some point, you have a pretty good read on the situation, and that is borne of experience and trusting the instincts that come from that.”