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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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The 2014 QDR: A Pentagon Strategy that Delivers, well, Strategy

March 12, 2014 Over the next several days, weeks, and months, members of the defense community will pore over the just released 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. Many metrics will be used to evaluate the document, but perhaps none more appropriate than the congressionally mandated assessment of the 2010 QDR. In a previous post,...

Bridging the Disconnect: The Government-as-Integrator Approach to Streamlining the DoD Acquisition Process

March 7, 2014 The defense acquisition process has long been recognized as being inefficient and often ineffective. But recently, shrinking budgets and a quickly evolving threat landscape have made the need for reform much more urgent. DoD has begun making changes with the launch of Better Buying Power 2.0 initiative and subsequent instruction...

Social Diplomacy in Action in Ukraine

February 26, 2014 [View the story "A U.S. ambassador's use of Twitter during the Ukrainian revolution reveals the value of social media for diplomacy." on Storify]

4 Keys to Thwarting Insider Threat

February 21, 2014 Mark Nehmer doesn’t trust people so much anymore. At last week’s Nextgov Cybersecurity Series event, the Associate Deputy Director for cybersecurity and counterintelligence for the Defense Security Service admitted that recent events (i.e., Manning and Snowden’s thefts of classified information) have made him more cynical and convinced him the department...

6 Things to Look for in the 2014 QDR

February 6, 2014 The impending 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review comes at a time of strategic uncertainty for the Department of Defense. As the defense community prepares to pore over this massive strategic document, we’ve taken a look back at the congressionally mandated review of the 2010 QDR and pulled out a few of...

Leveraging Analytics to Strengthen National Security

October 30, 2013 The recent proliferation of data-producing technologies has generated new challenges for the U.S. national security community. Chief among these are cybersecurity, terrorism financing, insider threat, and border security. In countering these challenges, the difference between catastrophe and security comes down to the ability to effectively analyze data. Finding needles in...

A Missed Chance for NATO’s Cybersecurity Future

October 23, 2013 After a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels this week, questions loom large for the alliance’s cyber strategy. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the ministers “agreed that the alliance must do more to deal with cyber threats,” but they did not take the opportunity to elaborate on its cybersecurity...

Information Integration: The Key to Leveraging Open Data

October 8, 2013 Four years into the Open Government Initiative, Government Business Council examined how agencies can overcome the remaining challenges to full implementation. Download this report to learn: What challenges agencies face in establishing interoperable and accessible information systems How integration can improve agency operations and fuel innovation Which agencies are realizing...