The cat’s out of the bag—or maybe not—on what may be the first DOD-wide computer security stand down. According to a report in Federal Computer Week, US Strategic Command plans on Nov. 29 to have all of DOD—headquarters, services, major commands, etc.—participate in a day devoted to information technology security. FCW picked up the news at a recent Washington-area AFCEA luncheon when Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles Croom, director of the Defense Information Systems and head of STRATCOM’s Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations spoke of the event. What exactly is entailed in this “stand down” is not clear. When FCW questioned Croom’s JTF-GNO, a spokesman said merely that “certain activities” would be employed “to strengthen network security.”
The Collaborative Combat Aircraft will be operational in the late 2020s, several years before the Next-Generation Air Dominance family of systems, Air Force officials told the House Armed Services tactical aviation panel. The CCAs will first be “shooters,” then electronic warfare platforms, then sensors, in that order, they added.