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07 Nov 13. Army Cyber Command plans to lead a worldwide corps of 21,000 soldiers and civilians from a proposed 179,000-square foot command center at either Fort Meade, Md., or Fort Gordon, Ga., according to an Army report. The planned facility would accommodate 1,500 military, civilian and contract personnel, which represents a threefold expansion of the command’s workforce. Today the three-year-old organization is split between Fort Meade, where 156 people work in four locations, and Fort Belvoir, Va., where 343 people work for the command. One option for consolidating Army Cyber’s headquarters would pump a cumulative $829m into the surrounding economy by 2019, when the facility is projected to be operational. Army projections say it will sustain 2,300 jobs annually. Details of the secretive command’s expansion plans emerged in an 878-page environmental impact assessment dated August which outlines seven alternatives—two at Fort Meade and five at Fort Gordon—as well as the impact of not building new facilities. An Army Cyber spokesperson told Army Times, “the stationing decision is pending,” but could not say when the decision would be made or who would make it. Army Cyber’s present facilities are “unsuitable for accomplishing the current mission and do not have adequate space to support all of the incoming personnel,” says the report, approved by headquarters project manager Aaron Ross, of Army Cyber Command/2nd Army Engineers. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)

04 Nov 13. Defence professionals struggling in war against data security. Research conducted at the recent DSEI 2013 defence and security event in London has revealed over half (56%) of respondents or their organisations have been victims of either data loss or theft. The survey was conducted amongst military professionals by iStorage, a leading specialist in portable storage and digital encryption. The survey also revealed 100% of respondents believed data security to be an important issue in the defence environment, however 15% do not encrypt data when using portable memory devices such as a laptop, USB stick or portable hard drive. In addition, 5% of defence organisations do not have a policy for protecting data on the move. Portable data protection with PIN code access and hardware encryption datAshur® from iStorage is a hardware encrypted USB flash drive offering a range of digital and physical security measures. The device has passed a stringent set of rigorous testing procedures and meets the highest standard set for encryption algorithms and data protection resulting in a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 certification. This is considered a benchmark in US government data security and is a globally recognised metric.

06 Nov 13. Envitia launches Discovery 2.7 for modelling and Simulation.
Smarter Simulation: Combine Real-World Information with Synthetic Environments. Envitia is delighted to announce the launch of Envitia Discovery 2.7 for Modelling and Simulation. Envitia Discovery allows organisations to seamlessly share and reuse geospatial and modelling data. Users are able to rapidly discover, transform, and stream geospatial data into Modelling and Simulation applications using open standards. Powerful production workflows coupled with an initiative web portal ensure that end users are never more than a few clicks from finding their required datasets. Envitia Discovery reduces the time spent hunting for data and instead allows more time for data visualization and exploitation in systems. Envitia Discovery 2.7 bridges the gap between live and synthetic environments for the first time, providing an end-to-end workflow management for over 100 data types. These include all standard geospatial formats such as GeoTIFF, Shape, VMap as well as 2D and 3D simulation data assets such as OpenFlight, CDB, Collada

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