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Ron Wyden Oregon

In a Nov. 7 letter, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Paul Nakasone to conduct a cybersecurity audit of mobile voting app Voatz to “determine whether it can reliably protect the votes of U.S. servicemembers against foreign hacking.”






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The Government Accountability Office recommended in a recent report that the Defense Department (DoD) take steps to ensure that the U.S. Air Force develops a “comprehensive acquisition strategy” for its Space Command and Control (C2) program that aims to deliver better capability to protect U.S. space assets from attacks and collisions with space debris.






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Senator Marco Rubio

Two senior technology officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spoke in positive terms today about the benefits that cloud services are bringing to the agency, and counseled focusing attention on security responsibilities for other agencies also underrating cloud service adoption.






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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) on Nov. 4 explained several upcoming FY2020 and beyond industry contract awards for information technology (IT) projects and initiatives at its Forecast to Industry 2019 event.






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The General Services Administration’s (GSA) financial and award data was of “higher” quality and in compliance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Treasury Department, and Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act standards as of late 2018, according to a GSA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.






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The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) on Oct. 31 released recommendations and principles for the ethical design, development, and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies at the Department of Defense (DoD).






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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) released a request for information on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies that can detect and combat cyberattacks as they occur.






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Pentagon Military Defense DoD

The deputy director of the Defense Department’s (DoD) Digital Defense Service (DDS) gave a strong endorsement on Oct. 29 of the value of the agency’s “bug bounty” programs which enlist the help of third parties to explore segments of DoD networks looking for vulnerabilities.






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The Pentagon’s award late last week of its ten-year Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative (JEDI) contract for general purpose cloud computing to Microsoft took center stage on Capitol Hill today at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Dana Deasy as the Defense Department’s (DoD) CIO.






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The Department of Defense (DoD) is looking to move from cloud adoption to optimizing and enabling the full promise of cloud computing within the Pentagon, said Peter Ranks, deputy CIO for information enterprise at DoD.






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Microsoft

The Department of Defense has awarded its 10-year, $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative (JEDI) contract for general purpose cloud computing to Microsoft, setting the stage for the department’s cloud strategy to take effect.






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During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on securing elections, witnesses from law enforcement agencies were asked a litany of questions related to the security of U.S. elections for 2020, including what kind of new measures were being taken during this cycle.






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Erica Thomas, a robotic process automation (RPA) Program Manager at the Department of Defense (DoD), said Oct. 21 that efforts to deploy RPA technologies in financial accounting systems are providing a boost in the morale of agency employees who are being freed from performing repetitive tasks.






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