The Secretary of Defense is calling on all agencies to break their bad habits to effectively modernize their IT efforts. In addition, FEMA is embracing 3D mapping for tracking floods, and there will eventually be an ISR drone that can fit into your pocket. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
Gates: Agencies Must Break Bad Habits to Modernize IT Systems
Agency leaders need to break down cultural barriers and engage employees in order to succeed in modernizing IT systems, according to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
USGS Draws FEMA a 3D map
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its flood-mapping capabilities and online services, backed by a newly funded program at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Interior Department Consolidating Content Management Systems
The Interior Department is consolidating its nine content management platforms into single one, based on the open source Drupal CMS and hosted in the cloud.
Turning Big Data into Better Health Outcomes
Federal agencies are playing a number of roles in population health management as the practice continues to unfold, according to this FCW article.
Squad X Aims to ‘Organically’ Integrate Sensors and Data for Small Units
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing an infrastructure study for its Squad X program, which will develop an integrated system of systems that would allow squad members to quickly collect, analyze and share data about their surroundings.
An ISR Drone in Your Pocket
Researchers at the Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are developing a Matchbox-sized drone specifically for soldiers in small, squad-sized units under a program called Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or CP-ISR.