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Air Force's plan for Advanced Battle Management System

The Pentagon wants command and control that covers all domains. To do so, it's relying on the Air Force to build a network-of-networks backbone called the Advanced Battle Management System to allow data and information to flow across air, land, sea, space and cyber. The service recently awarded a $905 million contract for work on the system to Los Angeles-based Silvus Technologies. Silvus will supply the Air Force with a mobile ad hoc network (MANET) for its “MeshONE” network under the ABMS. Jackson Barnett has the latest.

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Zscaler brings zero trust to the Pentagon

The Defense Innovation Unit sealed a deal with Zscaler to pilot a secure cloud management solution that may eventually provide zero-trust access to about 500,000 concurrent Pentagon users. The prototype will allow DIU users to directly access the internet and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications in Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure while they are operating off-network, regardless of their location or device. Silicon Valley-based DIU aims to accelerate its adoption across the Department of Defense over time. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

CISA developing a DNS resolver

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency rolling out a new Domain Name System (DNS) resolver service, with a plan to eventually provide it governmentwide. The technology is intended to improve users' protection from malicious internet infrastructure capable of launching malware and other threats, CISA says. "Operated defensively, protective DNS can protect agencies and their users from attacks and ensure online systems are resilient," said a CISA spokesperson. "The service will also afford CISA insight into active cyber threats for analysis and future protection of the federal enterprise." Dave has more.

Army Futures Command's new master's in AI

Army Futures Command is planning to launch a master’s degree program in artificial intelligence at Carnegie Mellon University this fall. The program will offer a crash course on data science and then build practical skills with the Army AI Task Force, a part of Futures Command located at CMU. “This is just beginning to seed the Army with the types of talent we’re going to need in the future if we’re going to take advantage of data, if we’re going to take advantage of artificial intelligence in the future,” Gen. John “Mike” Murray, head of Futures Command, said during a Defense Writers Group event. More from Jackson.

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