Cloud computing efforts are becoming more of a priority for both military and civilian agencies, while the future of warfare will focus on the use of robots. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
The Future of the Army: Fewer Soldiers, More Robots, More ‘Lethality’
In the future, an Army brigade might have 3,000 human troops instead of 4,000, but many more robots, according to General Robert Cone, the Army’s head of Training and Doctrine Command.
Army Looks to Virtual Training, Shared Intelligence Amid Budget Cut
The Army is planning to collapse at least three virtual programs into a single environment that encompasses integrated, across-the-board training in an effort to contain costs in 2014.
DISA Piloting DoD Cloud Security Model
The Defense Information Systems Agency is piloting the cloud security model it developed for the Defense Department in an effort to better formalize processes for future commercial cloud service acquisitions.
Department of Agriculture Installs BYOD Capabilities
The Department of Agriculture recently installed software capabilities to manage more than 100,000 government-issued devices and will eventually extend this to personal Apple, Android, and Windows 8 devices across its 29 agencies.
Social Security Administration to Build Private Cloud
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking to build an on-premises private cloud, which would help the agency do a better job of using its existing infrastructure and automate processes that are currently done manually.
NIST’s Fiscal 2014 Funding Higher Than Previous Years
Under the omnibus federal funding act signed into law by President Obama Jan. 17, funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology this fiscal year will be higher than in past years.
DARPA in 2014: Director Arati Prabhakar Looks Ahead
According to the DARPA director, Arati Prabhakar, the agency will remain focused on traditional programs such as next-generation Air Force air dominance and Navy missile defense, but will also shift to other areas of defense, including advancements in traumatic brain injury (TBI) research and treatment.