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The DoD of Tomorrow – GovLoop

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In 2015, we still talk about wars that started in the early 2000s, manage tense state relations first established during the Cold War, and leverage weapon systems built to combat the Axis powers.

But don’t be fooled. The mission and tactics of the Department of Defense are changing — and fast.

In his first letter to DoD personnel, Secretary Ash Carter impressed the need for transformation in stating, “We must be open to change in order to operate effectively in an increasingly dynamic world; to keep pace with advances in technology; and to attract new generations of talented and dedicated Americans to our calling.”

Yet for the United States’ oldest and largest government agency, change is no easy task. More than 3 million personnel span every time zone and leverage a wide variety of technologies and tactics to achieve a fluid mission.

So what will it take to transform DoD?

Any modifications to strategy or operations will have to be comprehensive and scalable. In this guide, we examine how:

  • Improved operations will create a more agile, data-driven defense strategy
  • New technologies will offer strategic advantage in every battle space
  • Enhanced workforce tactics will recruit and train the next-generation warfighter
  • Revamped acquisition programs will ensure ongoing transformation

In order to accomplish real change, DoD will dedicate significant resources to overhauling every component of its organization. This guide offers examples of current initiatives and explores how the Pentagon will transform American defense.

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After Hack, Officials Pull Plug on Pentagon and OPM Background Check Systems // Aliya Sternstein

A Defense Department Web system that tracks employee background investigations will be offline for an unspecified amount of time, while officials fix security holes in a civilian agency database that is connected to the tool, according to department officials.

A vulnerability in an Office of Personnel Management tool that links to the Pentagon’s “Joint Personnel Adjudication System” was discovered during a probe into one of the worst known hacks to hit the U.S. government.

On Monday, officials announced that OPM’s e-QIP system, the online tool used for submitting background check forms, would be taken offline for four to six weeks, during security improvements.

As of 3:30 p.m. the military’s site stated, “Due to current maintenance with e-QIP, the corresponding JPAS interfaces are not currently functioning.  As a result, users will not be able to submit investigations using JPAS.”

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Technology in Federal Libraries

Are you interested in the use of technology in federal libraries? Do you support users who use mobile devices? Have you implemented any new technologies recently? Are you looking for new solutions for your users? If you can say yes to any of these questions, then you will find the blog, New Technologies for Federal Libraries, of value in your search for solutions and innovative tools. The blog is located at https://newtech4fedlib.sites.usa.gov/ .

We are also looking for contributors to provide fresh perspectives and to help us keep up with new developments. Is your library using technology to solve problems in new and innovative ways? Are you a user of mobile devices and can report on new apps and issues related to their use? Write on tech specific to libraries or report on general issues. Do you have a unique perspective? Share it with others. Write on an occasional or frequent basis.

If you want to contribute to this effort contact Bill Drew via this form on the blog: https://newtech4fedlib.sites.usa.gov/contact-the-blog-admin/ . In the body of the message, describe your interests and what you want to write about.

Please pass this message on to others who may be interested.

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NextGov: THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE WAS ENTRY POINT FOR BACKGROUND-CHECK SYSTEM HACK

Hackers broke into third-party software in 2013 to open personal records on federal employees and contractors with access to classified intelligence, according to the government’s largest private employee investigation provider.

That software apparently was an SAP enterprise resource planning application. It’s unclear if there was a fix available for the program flaw at the time of the attack. It’s also not clear whether SAP—which was responsible for maintaining the application—or USIS would have been responsible for patching the flaw.

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New Technologies for the Federal Information Community

Looking for the latest technology innovations and opportunities for federal librarians and library technicians?  Then check out the New Technologies for Federal Libraries blog.  The purpose of the blog is to help you “Explore new technologies for your library.”    Contributions to the blog will come from across all types of libraries, information centers, and library staff within the federal information community.

The blog is located at:   https://newtech4fedlib.sites.usa.gov/

If you are interested in becoming a contributor, follow the instructions on the blog.  It is on the right hand side of each page on the blog.

Please feel free to forward this message to other lists and to your peers.

 

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Emerging Technologies and Libraries – A Free Webinar

Emerging Technologies and Libraries – A Free Webinar

Emerging Technologies and Libraries Webinar Registration (April 23, 2015)

Please join us for a free hour long ACRL/Choice webinar!

Koerber and Sauers will look at a variety of technologies currently having an impact on libraries and library service – from pervasive mobile connectivity to crowdfunding to smart homes – and some of the privacy and security issues surrounding them. At the end, they’ll present a checklist of ways to keep on top of current trends and to anticipate what’s coming next.

Speakers:

Jennifer Koerber is the Public Instruction Curriculum Development Coordinator for the Boston Public Library and an independent trainer and speaker on emerging technologies and the social web. She is a self-hacked tech librarian, and has observed how people interact with technology for more than 15 years as a children’s librarian, reference librarian, library branch manager, web services librarian, and now trainer. She earned her MSLIS from Simmons College in 1998. She has written several articles on library innovation and self-publishing at libraries for Library Journal and The Digital Shift, and has been training the public in technology and online life for 12 years. Visit www.jenniferkoerber.com for a full list of her presentations and publications.

Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s thirteenth book, Google Search Secrets was published October 2013 and more books are on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

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