Ambassador Eric Edelman Moves to CSBA

Ambassador Eric S. Edelman will join the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments as a Distinguished Fellow. As a senior official at the State Department, DoD, White House, and as a Career Minister with three decades of Foreign Service experience, Dr. Edelman brings a wealth of experience and accomplishment in …

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Cyber Czar in a Haystack

The Obama administration was expected to name a Cyber Czar and release a cyberspace policy review last Friday.   The administration released the 76-page “Cyberspace Policy Review”  as expected.   Unexpectedly, the administration did not name a “Cyber Czar.”  Melissa Hathaway, acting senior director for cyberspace at the National Security Council and the …

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Zen and the Government Contracting Industry

As any Lakers fan knows, Zen philosophy has important management applications.  Ancient Zen masters were famous for their kōan, often-perplexing one-liners “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”  Perhaps these ancient teachers were trying to communicate to their students that there are no easy answers and maybe today’s IT contracting gurus have picked …

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DoD’s Robert Lentz: Three ways to strengthen public-private partnership in cyber security

Recently, when members of the armed forces spoke before Congress on the government’s cybersecurity preparedness, the Pentagon’s top information-security official, Robert Lentz, offered this sobering statistic: Last year, DoD detected 360 million attempts to breach its networks — up from six million just three years ago. The threat isn’t going …

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White House unveils cyber security plans

After a long, anticipated wait, it finally arrived: Details of the White House’s cyber security plans. Calling efforts to prevent cyber attacks one of national priority, President Barack Obama today stated he would appoint a cyber czar to implement a five-point initiative for strengthening the country’s cyber security infrastructure. At …

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