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Cyber Command, like many other new job creators, chose Texas for the new home of their command center and, according to a Wall St. Journal opinion piece and Governor Rick Perry, Texas has created more new jobs than all other 49 states combined. In the WSJ piece entitled “Soak the Rich”, writers ARTHUR LAFFER and STEPHEN MOORE […] More
  Vivek Kundra spoke before over 280 members and guests of the Potomac Officers Club organization today at the Tyson’s Corner Ritz Carlton. Kundra outlined many of the key presidential IT initiatives and the breathtaking speed that will be required to perform them. The event, which was sponsored by Peter Doolan, vice president of technology […] More
All the trend-spotting eyes in the cyber world are watching their Google alerts for the name Melissa Hathaway as they wait anxiously for her 60-day report. Expected in the report is an assessment and recommendations on what direction the Obama administration should take to keep U.S. networks, government and private networks safe from the growing […] More
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was reported to be “furious” about a recent photo op taken by the Military in New York City. The New York Daily news reported that a Presidential planes, followed closely by and F-16 buzzed the Lady of Liberty and gave many New Yorkers a scare. The mission, it turns out was […] More
Aneesh Chopra has been named the nation’s first chief technology officer. The news was announced Saturday during President Obama’s weekly address. As federal CTO, Chopra will work alongside Jeffrey Zients, the new chief performance officer, and Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who’s responsible for setting technology policy across the government. Since he entered public life in […] More
According to Wall St. Journal reporter Bret Stephens, 2008 winner of the Eric Breindel Awardfor Excellence in Journalism, Cyber-threats have the potential to pose a pernicious impact equivalent in numbers to an atomic bomb.  Perhaps the outpouring of recent news stories on cyber crime has anesthetized much of the public, but our government says it is hard at work […] More
Defense Secretary Gates spoke today on the future direction of the Pentagon’s weapons programs and specifically how this change of direction will impact military personnel, existing weapons programs and long term planning.  He touched on a large number of specific programs such as the Joint Strike Fighter. Large government contracting firms Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), SAIC […] More
In a rare public appearance, the nation’s first-ever Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, will be speaking at the Potomac Officers Club on May 5th at the Tyson’s Corner Ritz Carlton.  Kundra is destined to make an impact within the industry and has already been recognized as one of the country’s top 25 CTO’s; earning the title 2008 IT Executive of the Year.  […] More
The moment is eerily prescient. David Walker, then US comptroller general of the United States, being interviewed by 60 Minutes two years ago this month when he offers this sobering message: “We suffer from a fiscal cancer, it is growing within us…” Two years later, Walker is sounding an even greater alarm. In an exclusive […] More
This past Thursday, Rod Beckstrom, Director of the National Cybersecurity Center, announced his resignation, which is effective March 13th.  In his resignation letter to Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, he highlights what he feels are the problems with NSA’s over reaching arm when it comes to cybersecurity.  In an interview with Forbes , Beckstrom said, “In intelligence environments like the NSA, […] More
With a growing number of businesses turning to cloud computing, 2009 is proving to be a banner year for the technology. Still unanswered, however, is if and when federal agencies will make the switch, and how cloud providers can facilitate a conversation in an arena “” the federal government “” they may still be unfamiliar […] More
What makes a good CTO? With all the buzz about a first-ever federal CTO, more attention is being paid to that question. Whether on a national scale or at a company with ties to federal customers, the need for CTOs to bring the best in IT solutions and cybersecurity to the table is essential. Few […] More
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