Huge Procurement Budgets In Justice & Homeland Security


Law Enforcement Budgets


“Federal IT is converging in a number of meaningful ways, and identifying plays within cloud and cybersecurity is a must for every IT company in the federal market.

It is more important than ever to understand the network of relationships between systems integrators and their federal customers.

Working with a distributor who understands the changing landscape of the federal market will help you get your products in the hands of government agencies by driving demand creation and lead generation.

The trend toward transformation across the government aims to increase automation, share information within and among agencies, and move to paperless systems for applications and documentation.

The transformational push will mean greater use of the cloud for data and applications. This is particularly true among law enforcement agencies. The proposed fiscal 2017 budget suggests more opportunities across the federal law enforcement community for IT solutions targeted towards cloud and…

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These Are The Top Ranked Technology Trends for 2016


This todaysnote discusses 12 technologies that have been evaluated by various IT organizations and rated for their risk-reward potential. The study is described in and summarized in this 700+ word post, Software-Defined Networking Tops Leading Technologies List for 2016, from February, 2016. (Note: the full study is a paid product, but this todaysnotepost summarizes the information available in the public post. Here is what computereconomics says about that: “This Research Byte is a brief overview of our study, Technology Trends 2016. The full report is available at no charge for Computer Economics clients, or it may be purchased by non-clients directly from our website …”)

The technologies were evaluated by conducting a poll of IT organizations who ranked the tech trends in terms of cost, return (ROI) and risk. Here is the post’s description of the study logistics:

The study also delves into…

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Spending Trillions to Create More Enemies Than We Destroy



“It’s time to think of the costs that more than 14 years of war have had on this country.

I’m not just thinking in terms of dollars, although we should worry because most of the added expense, over $1 trillion, has been put on a credit card. This so-called war on terrorism – with no end in sight – remains the first war that American presidents have not asked the public to pay for with a special tax.

I’m also concerned with how few Americans are directly or even indirectly involved in the conflict, with only one percent of U.S. citizens serving or having served in the military, and another two or three percent only being a part of the defense community.

That means more than 90 percent of the public are just observers, for whom this near decade-and-a-half of bloodshed is something that appears on…

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Sunday Quick Note: Privacy vs Security


Today’s quick note involves a March 4 post at titled “Internet Users in Germany Hope for a Balance of Safety and Privacy.” This post offers a short but revealing glimpse at German attitudes toward data privacy and security.

The post tells us that Germans don’t think much of service providers’ ability to keep their data safe. In fact, only 10% of Germans feel U.S. service providers can keep their personal information secure, and only 22% of them trust European service providers. Ironically, 83% believe retailers will keep their personal data secure!

Not surprisingly these trust statistics also reveal something about how Germans relate privacy, security and risk: “Those who feel that using the internet means accepting a certain level of surveillance and limited data security has grown by 12 percentage points over that same period, from 56% to 68%.” And nearly 40% of those surveyed…

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Diffusion of Power has Major Warfare Implications




“The proliferation of many small and smart weapons may simply overwhelm our exceptionally capable, but relatively few, weapons systems.

The advances may force the United States to rethink its procurement plans, force structure and force posture.

The diffusion of power will also greatly complicate US responses to various crises, reduce its ability to influence events with military force, and should require policymakers and military planners to thoughtfully consider future policies and strategy.

Advances in additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and composite materials; improved energy densities in gel fuels; new energy-reflecting coatings; and nanoexplosives mean there are powerful, autonomous, stealthy drones in our immediate future.

Today, commercial firms are creating drones that use a variety of sensors to autonomously execute tasks ranging from aerial spraying to ocean surveillance to air freight. With minor modifications, these drones can become improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that hunt autonomously. And as commercial systems, they are available to…

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Best Employers for Vets 7th Annual Ranking


Best for vets


“Competition was stiff for companies, but what they told us was largely good news for vets.

A record number of companies took part in our survey this year, which included more than 90 questions that explored in detail company culture, recruiting, policies and reservist accommodations.

Should you base your civilian career on your military job?

Many service members use their transitions out of the military as a chance to start over and ditch the career paths that their military occupations started them on. Doing so comes with advantages and disadvantages, all of which transitioning veterans should weigh carefully.

If you have a decade’s worth of military experience in a field that translates well into the civilian world, changing course could force you to start at the bottom, with a salary to match, rather than at a higher level that recognizes the technical skills you learned in uniform.

“When you…

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The Secret Ingredient for Peace


SPC Jodi Johnson winning hearts and minds


“Weapons are never enough, nor are the billions of dollars being spent.

Winning “hearts and minds” is key because that is essential to social cohesion, to finding a common direction, to keeping the peace.

This perspective is worthwhile as we seek to understand and define power. To do so, it is worth pondering the difference in your life between common descriptions of power and what, to you and those around you, is truly powerful.

Great influence, as it turns out, emanates not from arsenals or banks, but rather, as it has since the dawn of time, from the human heart.

To succeed on a global scale you must understand, touch, reach, and respect those hearts just as you must do so closer to home. In fact, until those disciplines are mastered, true power, like true peace, will elude all those who seek it.

Consider the fate of virtually…

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