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20 Dec 13. Selex ES SAGE makes first UAS flight on Schiebel
Camcopter® S-100. Schiebel and Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, have successfully integrated and flown the SAGE electronic warfare system on an unmanned air system for the first time. On 12th December 2013 the system flew on-board a Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS. SAGE is a digital Electronic Support Measure (ESM) and Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) system for Radio Frequency (RF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. It enhances situational awareness by passively collecting emitter data from RF sources at a tactically significant range, comparing them with an emitter library and then identifying and geo-locating any threats.
19 Dec 13. The U.S. Defense Department is one step closer to finalizing what it takes to securely host the military’s controlled unclassified data in a commercial cloud. A pilot program is getting underway that will test DoD-specific standards – called “impact levels” – that go beyond those required by the government-wide cloud security program known as FedRAMP. Last week, a panel of senior military leaders approved the pilot program that will test practical means for the private sector and DoD to implement the standards, said Doug Gardner, with the Defense Information Systems Agency. The panel is chaired by Rear Adm. Marshall Lytle, chief information officer for U.S. Cyber Command, and determines what risks are being added to the DoD enterprise. The panel will get a progress report on the pilot in six months.DoD requirements for hosting controlled unclassified data are more rigorous than standards approved for storing unclassified data in the cloud, said Gardner, who spoke Tuesday at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit in Washington. As DISA’s technical director for the PEO for mission assurance, Gardner is among the group tasked with defining DoD security requirements for commercial cloud service providers. The pilot program will help DoD understand how to implement what it calls a computer network defense service provider, or CNDSP, concept for cloud vendors. Gardner described CNDSPs as a group of security specialists who manage the flow of security data reporting between DoD organizations and agencies to higher levels like Cyber Command and provide an oversight mechanism. DoD is working through the requirements for applying this concept to the commercial space, Gardner said. In creating these impact levels, Gardner said that FedRAMP’s 298 security controls by and large met DoD’s needs but did not account for a few basic standards for hosting unclassified data. The bigger issue is ensuring vendors can customize their cloud environments to meet DoD’s unique needs for handling more sensitive data, Gardner said. To do so, vendors have to structure and secure their cloud environments for DoD’s unclassified NIPRNet. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
19 Dec 13. Fort Gordon, Ga., will host the U.S. Army Cyber Command headquarters, the Army announced. The decision consolidates the command, which has been temporarily split between seven locations across the national capital region. It will have one commander for the first time in its history. Fort George G. Meade, Md., was the other leading contender for the command. The Army selected Fort Gordon as the permanent for operational and cost reasons, according to the announcement. The move will co-locate ARCYBER Headquarters with the Army’s Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber and NSA-Georgia, placing the Army’s operational cyber headquarters with the majority its cyber mission forces. That arrangement will provide the needed facilities while requiring 150 fewer personnel. Construction costs will also be 23 percent lower, according to the Army. ARCYBER will continue to have a command liaison element co-located with U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, the Army s