The Defense Department is expanding its mobility efforts by embracing commercial off-the-shelf devices. In addition, the White House issued a report about big data and the NSA did some unusual recruiting through its Twitter feed. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
DOD Expanding Use of Mobile Platforms, Apps
The Defense Department has started putting commercial off-the-shelf mobile devices into the hands of DoD personnel and expects eventually to support about 100,000 separate devices.
White House Big Data Report Earns Praise
A White House report on big data released May 1 concludes that the explosion of data in today’s world can be an unprecedented driver of social progress, but it also has the potential to eclipse basic civil rights and privacy protections.
GSA’s Next-Generation Telecom Contracting
The General Services Administration’s next-generation telecommunications strategy is moving ahead, driven by an emerging contracting vehicle and a vision for how telecom services will evolve over the next 15 years.
NOAA On Target for Polar Satellite Launch
NOAA is on track to launch its Joint Polar Satellite System in early 2017, but there is no estimate for the length of a potential gap in satellite coverage that could occur if current systems fail before the launch takes place.
The Potential Benefits of a Laser-Based Interplanetary Internet
A NASA laser communications demonstration that succeeded in transmitting high-rate data to the moon and back has laid the groundwork for an even more ambitious laser relay demonstration scheduled for as early as 2017.
The NSA Might Hire You If You Can Crack Their Coded Tweet
The NSA recruiting Twitter account sent out a confusing message last week, which was an encrypted code for potential job candidates to crack.