05 Jan 2021

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

The Government Accountability Office has found that 10 out of 15 of the Department of Defense’s IT projects are behind schedule. The Defense Department’s programs consist of software development approaches seeking to avoid cost increases and schedule delays for information technology systems. However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) also found

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11 Dec 2020

Pentagon Seeks Software to Analyze Data from Twitter

The Defense Department is seeking open-source intelligence software that can draw on information from social media to create graphics and conduct analysis in real-time, according to a solicitation released by the agency. The agency states that the software would access at least 50 million websites and be able to disseminate

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03 Dec 2020

The Air Force Role in Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2)

We previously wrote that the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) is perhaps the most important program in DoD today. The Air Force plays a particularly important role in developing the JADC2 concept.  They have been designated as the Executive Agent.  That means they will have major input into how the framework is shaped.  Their work will influence every sensor, shooter and network advance the Department of Defense puts forward for the next decade.

Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) is the architecture approach they are using to flush out the JADC2 concept.  Through a carefully structured series of events, they are developing the standards that will enable current and future weapon systems and networks to migrate to a JADC2/Joint All Domain Operations environment.

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16 Nov 2020

AI, ML Tech ‘Needed Today’ to Enhance Decision-Making Process at the Edge, DOD Officials Say

Earlier this week, Pentagon officials announced that they were seeking ways to capitalize on the potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence for automating the decision making processes from a tactical standpoint. In 2019, the Defense Department released a digital modernization strategy that highlighted the uses of AI and machine

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03 Nov 2020

The Navy’s Defensive Cyber Operations Solution – Sharkcage

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.

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06 Oct 2020

What The Business Strategist Should Know About Congress’s Latest Report On Future Threats and Defense

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chartered a special task force to assess what the nation should know about the dynamic national security environment and produce a report to guide future action. The report was just issued. It evaluates strategic priorities of the US DoD to seek better matches of national resources to next-generation threats and sets goals for the entire national security community to achieve to ensure success in the coming decades.

The report was not meant to inform action in corporate America, but there are some considerations that may be of critical importance to strategic planning. This report provides our cut on what this report means for business strategists and suggestions on what actions to consider because of the shifting national security environment discussed in this report.

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11 Sep 2020

DoD Intentions With Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Systems for Ground Forces

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.

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06 May 2020

Pentagon Wants AI to Predict Behavioral Changes in Troops

The Pentagon is now seeking AI solutions to help the US military identify significant behavioral changes in troops including those related to depression, mental health, or other psychological issues, stating that it can have a debilitating effect on the team and may result in mission failure, injury, and death during

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06 Feb 2020

Bug hunter finds cryptocurrency-mining botnet on DOD network

Last month, a security researcher who was searching for bugs as a part of a bounty program discovered a cryptocurrency mining botnet inside a web server operated by the US Department of Defense. The researcher, Nitesh Surana, reported the big through the DOD’s official bug bounty program. The bug report was

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13 Sep 2019

The Pentagon Needs to Make More Software Open Source, Watchdog Says

The Department of Defense is not fully abiding by a federal mandate to implement an open source software pilot program and make common code more readily available to other agencies, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. In 2016, Congress required the Department of Defense to initiate the pilot

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