Reggie Brothers, the undersecretary for Science and Technology at DHS, said he is spearheading a new program that creates integrated product teams (IPTs) to bring together all parts of the department. The goal is to prioritize investments for limited research and development funding.
Contractors, government relationship feeling the impact of cutting-edge technology, resulting in potentially cheaper and more efficient manufacturing.
As part of the standup of four new Navy warfighting development centers, the Office of Naval Research seeks to insert the testing and prototyping of new technologies into the Navy’s regular training exercises.
Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said to encourage adoption of the critical infrastructure cyber framework, the government would focus on streamlining regulations, cybersecurity research and development and federal procurement policies and practice.
For cybersecurity, research and development and defense contracting, the Washington D.C. region carries a lot of weight. Now that Congress has passed a 2015 federal budget, lots of companies are looking to see how cyber, R&D and defense programs are likely to fare in the coming year. Jonathan Aberman has been looking into this. He’s the managing director of Amplifier Ventures in Northern Virginia and the founder of the non-profit Tandem NSI, which brings new companies to the federal market. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for some analysis.
The Science and Technology Directorate is giving more than 50 companies a chance to show off their DHS-funded cyber innovations. The cyber showcase is the first of its kinds from S&T.
Budget pressures on the Defense Department have driven down spending on research and development. That gives the military less say in developments that might give battlefield superiority. But industry can help with a class of products known as non-developmental items. Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, now with Harris Corporation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.
The military has made some progress in reversing the training and maintenance shortfalls it underwent when sequestration first took hold in 2013. But Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said those gains will quickly reverse themselves if Congress lets the budget caps return next year.
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The Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP) is a new initiative from DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s cybersecurity division to test apps for security vulnerabilities before they are installed on agency networks. S&T also sponsored the HOST program to promote the use and security of open source tools.