“Inside the DoD’s Reporter’s Notebook” is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. In this edition, DoD kicks off its “superior supplier” program, and DoD asks Congress to stop pushing acquisition reforms.
The Air Force thinks it’s in a unique position with regard to the military’s difficult migration into a shared IT infrastructure. It just went through the same exercise internally and believes those lessons can shape the Defense Department’s Joint Information Environment.
The Air Force’s Service Development and Delivery Process aims to deliver data hosting, enterprise management, security and other IT functions as standards-based services to be used by the entire organization.
Senior uniformed Air Force leaders have agreed it’s time to give more authority to the service’s chief information officer. The CIO is drafting plans that will give it more say-so over planning the overall IT environment and the dollars targeted toward individual projects.
Air Force senior leaders assigned themselves several tasks after a summit on cyberspace in mid-November. But the service’s role in cyberspace also awaits forthcoming guidance from the military’s top leadership on the future of U.S. Cyber Command.
Current definitions of cyberspace have led to confusion about roles, responsibilities, lanes in the road, a top Air Force general said Thursday. Senior leaders will convene a summit in November to zero-in on a common understanding of cyber.
Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, the Air Force CIO, said the three baselines will be delivered to the acquirers in the functional areas who operate the systems. They will use them to understand the IT environment in which their capabilities will exist.(Encore presentation November 8, 2012)
Military’s cyber leaders say job satisfaction has so far trumped salary concerns when it comes to building and retaining a workforce of elite cyber warriors. Building the capacity of that training pipeline is the next challenge.
The best defense against cyber attacks is not a new weapon system but strict human security procedures,
The service is giving careful thought to the human side of the cybersecurity equation. The top commander of the Air Force’s Space Command said it’s no longer a matter of information assurance, and it’s all about mission assurance.