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Daniel Pitcairn

Research Analyst, Government Business Council Daniel Pitcairn is a research analyst with Government Business Council, where he writes and produces content on a variety of federal and defense topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Yale University.
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Defending Industrial Control Systems in Depth

June 11, 2015 The threat of crippling cyber attacks against U.S. critical infrastructure presents an unprecedented challenge for the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and other organizations tasked with securing our nation’s most vital systems. Between 2011 and 2014, the United States witnessed an 82 percent increase in the number of cyber attacks...

The State of Internal Workplace Communication

March 5, 2015 Nearly half of 412 federal employees surveyed say they are uncomfortable or slightly uncomfortable being candid when emailing colleagues and supervisors. The cause? A slight majority say chain of command concerns and personal feelings (e.g., politeness) inhibit candidness. A third say personnel in their agency use personal email for government...

How the Pentagon Can Tackle the Cyber Attribution Problem

March 4, 2015 The ability to attribute cyber attacks to those responsible is essential for the U.S. to respond to and deter future attacks. In fact, deterrence is a central tenet of the Pentagon's cyber strategy. But attribution in cyberspace poses an immense challenge, especially as cooperation between countries and non-state actors increases....

How to Optimize Virtual Training for the Military

February 25, 2015 In a recent, landmark study of the military’s use of virtual training, GBC found that increasing the proportion of military training that incorporates virtual simulation could enhance readiness for a new era of defense while cutting costs. But the study also highlighted the importance of developing a holistic taxonomy of...

What Can the Military Do About the Readiness Crisis?

February 5, 2015 Concerns over sequestration’s impact on military readiness have spiked surrounding the release of the President’s Pentagon budget proposal that exceeds budget cuts by $34 billion. The Department of Defense’s budget overview states that “a return to these sequester-level budgets would render the Services’ readiness recovery goals unachievable and the defense...

Going Virtual to Prepare for a New Era of Defense

January 29, 2015 How can the military work to improve readiness in the face of continued budget pressures and the evolving nature of warfare? GBC finds the answer lies, at least in part, in virtual training. View the full report

The Promise of Virtual Training

January 29, 2015 Click here to download this infographic

Empowering Defense Enterprise Mobility

January 28, 2015 Recognizing the value of enterprise mobility for the Department of Defense, Government Business Council (GBC) and Verizon undertook a research campaign involving secondary research, a survey of defense managers, and a live discussion of the findings with a panel of experts in the defense community. The research indicates that expanded,...

Creating a Federal Innovation Process

January 20, 2015 Agencies are driven to innovate by the need to lower costs and improve performance -- but existing practices and structures may not encourage federal employees to pursue new ideas. Download this GBC Insight Report to learn: How federal employees rate their agencies' support for innovation How agency culture and leadership...

Realizing DoD Enterprise Mobility

December 31, 2014 Link to full report

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