President Obama presented a new national security strategy that focuses on diplomacy in his State of the Union address. In addition, DARPA is developing battlefield electronics that will eventually vanish, and NOAA’s satellites helped save 261 lives last year. Be sure to read about all this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
State of the Union: Obama Emphasizes Diplomacy to Strengthen Security
The country must maintain a strong military but “move off” a permanent war footing and look toward partnerships, diplomatic solutions, and precision operations for dealing with world threats, President Obama said in his State of the Union address last week.
Obama Greenlights Next NSA/CyberCom Chief
President Obama has reportedly selected Vice Admiral Michael Rogers to be the new National Security Agency director and commander of U.S. Cyber Command.
Federal Contractors Should Implement Cybersecurity in Operations and Products
A joint Defense Department and General Services Administration Committee has recommended that federal contractors incorporate baseline cybersecurity measures into their operations as well as their products or services.
Battlefield Electronics That Do Their Job, Then Vanish
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing electronics components that would become useless either on command or when they’ve gone unused for a pre-determined period of time.
FedRAMP: Keeping Up With Changing Cloud Security Standards
Just as the deadline for completing assessments is drawing near for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, the General Services Administration is preparing to revise FedRAMP’s baseline standards.
NOAA Satellites Helped Save 261 People Last Year
The same NOAA satellites that helped forecasters predict severe weather also played a key role in rescuing 261 people from potentially life-threatening scenarios throughout the United States and its surrounding waters last year.
NASA’s Hot New Ride for 2014
The Orion crew vehicle is set to fly in the fall. Is this the start of an American resurgence in space?