DoD Works to Build Competition Into Space Launches

Space capability is critical to national security, and the Defense Department is working to make its launch program more competitive and end its longtime use of a Russian rocket engine on the Atlas launch system, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said this week.





Cyberthreats Blur Government Agency Roles

Over five years of U.S. Cyber Command operations, global movement of threat activity through cyberspace has blurred roles and relationships among government agencies, as well as between the public and private sectors and the real and virtual worlds, the Cybercom commander told a House panel.


Don’t Oversell Your Intelligence

In a recent briefing with reporters, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo offered a frank assessment of the challenges in monitoring and understanding the conflict with ISIS in the Middle East, as well as the importance of not overselling intelligence to policy makers.

NGA Update

This fall, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency released a flurry of news announcements covering the Ebola outbreak, key contracts, the Map of the World project and software. Summaries appear below.



Enhanced Version of USA Freedom Act Introduced in Senate

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a new version of the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday, a bill intended to protect Americans’ phone records and other personal information. The original bill was passed by the House in May.

As a result of the fallout from former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden’s release of confidential information and revelations regarding NSA policy, President Barack Obama asked Congress in January to curb the massive data collection policies in place by the NSA.

The House bill passed in May, while effective in addressing these concerns, was criticized by many as being too vague and lenient, which led to Leahy’s aggressive changes. One of the main concerns voiced by detractors of the House’s bill was the vague definition of “specific selection term,” which could potentially lead to mass information gathering based on broad characteristics such as geographic location.



IT Initiative Seen Facing Challenges

While progress is being made, the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) initiative faces a host of challenges as it presses toward the goal of a unified computing infrastructure for the IC by 2018, according to a panel of former federal officials who played key roles in its initial stages.