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'A hodgepodge of a network'

The Air Force's top general has his sights set on 5G. As the service continues developing the next-gen wireless technology, it will need to rethink its own network configurations, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown said Tuesday. “We have a hodgepodge of a network we are going to actually have to reconfigure and redo to make sure we have the digital backbone” for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) and other technologies, Brown said. Jackson Barnett has more on the Air Force's networks.

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The U.S. will win 5G race because 'we own the cloud space'

Speaking of 5G, one of the federal government's top cybersecurity officials believes the U.S. has a long-term advantage in the race to adopt the technology because of its dominance in cloud computing. “Really, when you think about the advantage of 5G, it’s all about moving data. It’s all about massive communication, which really translates to cloud,” Chris Krebs, head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said Tuesday during a panel at ACT-IAC’s annual ELC conference. “And who does cloud better than the United States of America?” Billy Mitchell has this one.

State Department set to deploy SD-WAN

The State Department awarded a $711 million task order to MetTel for a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) under the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract. MetTel will provide a fully meshed and managed layer-3 multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) system using a virtual private network (VPN). Dave Nyczepir has more.

CBP’s supply chain efforts are screaming for AI

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is hoping to use artificial intelligence to ingest and analyze the increasing amounts of data coming out of its efforts to secure the U.S. supply chain. Vincent Annunziato, director of the agency’s Business Transformation and Innovation Division, said CBP needs to analyze data earlier along the supply chain because currently, it’s getting involved too late after products have been manufactured and already begun international transit. More from Dave.


A modern approach to data warehouse infrastructure

Federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic is requiring some agency leaders to take a second look at their IT investments in order to reallocate funds to other mission areas. Revamping data warehouse projects should be at the top of priority the list, according to a recent Qlik report. Modern data warehouses can improve cloud interoperability, replace brittle legacy systems or end-of-life technology, and address staffing constraints within the IT department. Read more from Qlik.

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