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Daniel Pitcairn

Daniel Pitcairn is a Research Analyst with Government Business Council.
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Going Beyond the Buzzwords Just Might Be Acquisition Reform's Best Hope

September 10, 2014 The Pentagon is expected to release the third iteration of its recent acquisition reform initiative next month. Building upon previous versions, Better Buying Power 3.0 (BBP) will shift its focus to innovation and more quickly fielding capabilities. This change in emphasis will likely breathe life into efforts to mold a ...

A New Network Acquisition Model for the Federal Government

September 4, 2014 At the core of both the efficiency and agility imperatives federal agencies face is the IT network they rely on to operate. But the true cost of IT network ownership is more costly than many realize. A new network acquisition model can help agencies reduce immense legacy system maintenance costs ...

A New Technology "Offset" Strategy for the Pentagon

September 3, 2014 Concerns over sequestration are back in full force at the Pentagon as the military services develop their FY 2016 budgets. Last year’s last minute Bipartisan Budget Act provided some temporary relief for FY 2014 and FY 2015, but the Budget Control Act’s sequestration provisions are slated to come roaring back ...

You May Be the Weak Link in Federal Cybersecurity

August 21, 2014 The federal government’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities have been highlighted once again by revelations that hackers successfully breached Nuclear Regulatory Commission computers. Their cyber weapon of choice? Phishing emails - one of the oldest tricks in the book. Phishing, or impersonating legitimate sources to bait people into giving away sensitive information, first ...

VA Reform Debate Misses Larger Veterans Issue

August 6, 2014 The Department of Veterans Affairs scandals and the subsequent reform bill passed by Congress have placed veterans issues in the political spotlight for the moment. But the debate over reform at the VA only scratches the surface of a much larger veterans issue - the civil-military divide. A recent nationwide ...

Anticipating the 2014 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

July 24, 2014 The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are currently in the midst of a major internal evaluation of their strategic priorities as they prepare to publish their joint Quadrennial Diplomacy and Defense Review later this year. Modeled after the Department of Defense’s Quadrennial Defense Review, the QDDR ...

Personnel Visibility Key to Making Smarter Defense Cuts

July 11, 2014 Over the last decade, the size and cost of headquarters support at the military combatant commands has increased dramatically. The Department of Defense now has six geographic combatant commands designed to coordinate U.S. military actions and presence in a given region and three supporting functional combatant commands -- Special Operations ...

Survey Shows Agencies Not Ready for the Internet of Things

July 2, 2014 Within the next few years, billions of physical devices and systems will be connected to the Internet and capable of automatically processing and exchanging information. This emerging “Internet of Things” promises to help federal agencies generate efficiencies and more effectively achieve their missions, but it also raises significant cybersecurity concerns. ...

Elastic Perimeter Defense: The Next Generation of Cloud Security

June 27, 2014 More than three years into the White House's "Cloud First" policy, federal agencies face a strategic decision over which type of cloud configuration to use. Traditionally, agencies have favored private, closed cloud configurations because they are thought to provide the most security and allow for the most control. But this ...

Achieving Holistic Federal Cybersecurity

June 19, 2014 In recent years, cybersecurity has become a top priority for the federal government. As cyber threats become more prevalent and sophisticated, and growing IT movements such as the Internet of Things raise new security concerns, agencies face immense pressure to improve cyber defenses. Government Business Council and Dell Software surveyed ...