Articles on Innovation

Quantum Computing Holds Promise for the Public Sector

Government Technology (September, 2019)

Quantum computers can vault far past today’s systems. They could help resolve issues around health care and policy outcomes, but technologists, academia and government will need to collaborate if the technology is to become sustainable and scalable.

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For DOD, Innovation Isn’t the Problem. So What Is?

Nextgov (September 5, 2019)

The Defense Department doesn’t have an innovation problem, but it does have a cultural problem, according to three key Pentagon officials. The military is very good at coming up with new technologies; the problem comes when services try to adopt those new ideas. But changing that culture at the operational level is proving more difficult.

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DOD Issues Draft of New Contractor Cyber Standards

FedScoop (September 5, 2019)

The Department of Defense has issued cybersecurity standards in draft form for contractors who work with the Pentagon’s sensitive data. Version 0.4 of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) gives defense contractors an idea of the sort of cybersecurity standards they will need to meet if they want to work on contracts that handle controlled but unclassified information.

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CYBERSECURITY OMB’s CyberStat Program is ‘Evolving’

FCW (September 4, 2019)

OMB’s CyberState process for reviewing the cybersecurity postures of federal agencies is “evolving,” according to Federal Chief Information Security Officer Grant Schneider, who says OMB is taking “a hard look” at the current program with the aim of revamping the process ahead of next fiscal year.

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White House Launches New Committee to Advise on Quantum Efforts

Nextgov (September 4, 2019)

President Trump signed an executive order Aug. 30 establishing a National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee to help “ensure continued American leadership in quantum information science and technology applications.” Congress has authorized more than $1.2 billion to advance quantum efforts over the next five years.

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What the Federal Cloud Market Could Look Like in 5 Years

Federal Times (September 2, 2019)

A new Deltek report on the federal cloud market expects the government to increase its expenditure on cloud computing by nearly $4 billion in the next five years to $9.1 billion. Deltek also says cloud spending has increased dramatically the past two years among civilian agencies, and that defense agency cloud spending increased 10 percent, nearly half of which was spent by DISA.

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