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Cloud-slingers get 3-week extension to pitch for Pentagon's JEDI contract

The Pentagon has pushed back the deadline for its $10bn cloud services contract by three weeks. Vendors planning to bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract – to cover different levels of secrecy and classification across all branches of the US military – will now have until 9 October. The US …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Sep 2018
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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, on Thursday formally announced that his administration hopes to bankroll, no, not universal healthcare for all Americans. Not better support for armed forces veterans. Not improved public education. No, here in the Land of the Free, we're getting a space force by 2020. It …
Katyanna Quach, 10 Aug 2018

I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

The US Department of Defense is exploring whether or not it's worth using artificially intelligent software to suggest levels of classification for information – and control who gets access to it. A sneak peek into the military's formal request for ideas on the matter, filed back in May, and the recent responses from tech …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Jul 2018
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US military base stores pull Huawei, ZTE kit off the shelves

America's Department of Defense has banned all Huawei and ZTE devices from sale in all Defense Exchanges - the shops offered to military personnel and veterans. The ban was confirmed by DoD spokesperson David Eastburn, who told Stars & Stripes the Defense Department's undersecretary for personnel and readiness issued a ban …

US techies: We want to see Pentagon's defence of winner-takes-all cloud contract

The Pentagon's decision to hand a multibillion-dollar cloud contract to one vendor has come under renewed scrutiny, after an industry group urged Congress to make public the department's reports on the proposals. The IT Alliance for Public Sector wrote to the House Armed Services Committee this week to voice concerns about the …
Rebecca Hill, 2 May 2018
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Uncle Sam to strap body sensors to hackers in nuke lab security study

Exclusive The US Department of Defense is funding research into how hackers hack, with an interesting twist. It wants to wire them up with body monitoring equipment to measure how they react while hunting down and exploiting security flaws. The study is running this month and next at what's described as a high-security nuclear science …
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2017
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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

More than a decade after the first F-35 took to the air, the US military doesn't have a complete set of maintenance instructions, and spare parts shortages are keeping 22 per cent of the fleet out of the sky. A new United States' Government Accountability Office (GAO) report comes a week after the US Navy said it may leave 108 …

US DoD, Brit ISP BT reverse proxies can be abused to frisk internal systems – researcher

BSides Minor blunders in reverse web proxies can result in critical security vulnerabilities on internal networks, the infosec world was warned this week. James Kettle of PortSwigger, the biz behind the popular Burp Suite, has taken the lid off an “almost invisible attack surface” he argues has been largely “overlooked for years.” …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2017

US Dept of Defense to shift 4 million devices onto Windows 10

The US Secretary of Defense has ordered all Department of Defense (DoD) agencies to shift four million Microsoft-based devices onto Windows 10 over the next year. The department said it will install Windows 10 on millions of computers, tablets and handsets by February 2017, according to a blog post by Yusuf Mehdi, corporate …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2016
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Pentagon gets green light for WAR ... of web propaganda against IS

The Pentagon has been given formal approval to start an online propaganda campaign against the Islamic State following a recent push by the US Department of Defense (DoD). Congress approved the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016 last week and included in it a whole section (1056) on "Information operations and …

CSC, NetCracker IT staff worked on US military telecoms 'without govt security clearance'

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has extracted $12m (£7.78m) from contractors accused of using workers who had not been given proper security clearances before performing government IT work. The DoJ said Netcracker Technology Corp would pay $11.4m and Computer Sciences Corp (CSC) would shell out $1.35m to settle allegations …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Nov 2015
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American military sites secured with dud SHA-1 cipher

America, your military fails at security. That's the message from Netcraft security expert Paul Mutton, who has found a bunch of Department of Defence (DoD) agencies issuing SHA-1 certificates. SHA-1 is almost as old as the art of war: created in 1995, it was secure then, but now, you only need US$75,000 to buy enough cloud …
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You're hosting Uncle Sam's files in the cloud. You get hacked. This is what happens next

The US government has posted a new set of rules outlining how cloud providers should report IT security cockups that involve Uncle Sam's data. The new Department of Defense (DoD) rules [PDF] include requirements on how contractors who handle government information should deal with computer network breaches and attacks, and how …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015

AWS levels up in game of government security – and now one step below classified access

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has leveled up its US government security certification, winning the right to handle more sensitive work from the Department of Defense (DoD). The company has, of course, blogged the news that it has won provisional authorization to operate levels three to five of the DoD's cloud security model. …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2014

Chin up, BlackBerry. We know who still loves you: The cuddly Pentagon

Ailing BlackBerry has received a new vote of confidence from the US Department of Defense, which has reaffirmed its commitment to the Canadian firm's platform for a major mobile communications initiative due to launch this year. According to a press release issued by the DoD's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) last …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jan 2014

US Department of Defense throws lifeline to beleaguered BlackBerry

BlackBerry has received certification to be used on US Department of Defense networks, the first Mobile Device Management (MDM) provider to be so certified. "With foreign entities – governmental and criminal – ramping up attacks on electronic communications and information systems, BlackBerry provides government agencies with …
Rik Myslewski, 9 Aug 2013
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Pentagon: Mobe operators want our radio bands? Fine, but it'll cost $3.5bn

The US Department of Defense has estimated at $3.5bn the costs of clearing military ops out of 25MHz of radio spectrum to make way for mobe operators – except it doesn't want to march off entirely, demanding instead that the band's new owners share nicely. Following a June 2010 edict from President Obama calling on US …
Bill Ray, 24 Jul 2013
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US military welcomes Apple iOS 6 kit onto its networks

The US Department of Defense has welcomed Apple's iDevices into its secure networks, and has announced that that it is "taking bold steps to provide sound information and proper analysis as it fortifies its cloud computing, acquisition and data processes." On Friday, the DoD set the stage for a three-way smackdown among Apple …
Rik Myslewski, 17 May 2013

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