Tag: Classified

The Air Force’s Secret New Fighter Jet Could Pack This Highly Classified Tech

From Popular Mechanics

In September, the U.S. Air Force shocked the world when it announced it had secretly designed, built, and tested a new fighter jet—all in the astonishingly short span of just one year.

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The secret new fighter jet—if it’s even a new “fighter” at all—is part of the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program, an Air Force project designed to supplement and eventually replace the F-22 Raptor. The Air Force has identified five major new technologies it believes will be necessary for the program. But what are they?

A new Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on NGAD gives a quick rundown of the program. The secret new fighter jet, which Air Force acquisition Secretary Will Roper officially announced on September 15, is just part of a program that will likely include crewed and uncrewed

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Why the Government Should Get Comfortable with Technology Escrow for Classified IP

The federal government has been using technology escrow to safeguard their commercial off-the-shelf software for decades, but agencies appear hesitant to use this same protection for classified software and other technology.

Technology escrow is a service that mitigates the risk of technology acquisition. With an escrow contract, software source code or other IP from the developer is placed in a secure escrow account held by an escrow agent—a trusted independent third party. If in the future, the developer is no longer able to support the product for reasons specified in the escrow agreement—such as bankruptcy, obsolescence, merger or acquisition—the technology buyer will still have access to the source code, IP, and other “know how” to keep their mission-critical applications and systems up and running. 

Any technical data package can be protected with a technology escrow agreement. If escrow will be required, the government entity should make this requirement known in

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Watch ULA’s most powerful rocket launch a classified spy satellite

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Just before midnight on Tuesday, the United Launch Alliance is set to launch its most powerful rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, lofting a classified spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is finally ready to fly a full month after the rocket’s first launch attempt, which was aborted just three seconds before liftoff.


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The rocket going up on ULA’s mission is the Delta IV Heavy, a giant vehicle that consists of three rocket cores strapped together to provide extra thrust. It’s one of the most powerful rockets in the world, though it falls short of the power packed into SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy. ULA doesn’t fly the Delta IV Heavy very often, as it’s an expensive vehicle to make, but the company uses the rocket for large, heavy satellites headed to super-high orbits.

The rocket’s payload is NROL-44, and like all NRO missions, its purpose is cloaked

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DOD Wants Remote Workers to Be Able to Access Classified Information

The Defense Department is taking more steps to enable its remote workers to be able to access sensitive, classified information outside of the Pentagon’s secure environment.

As of August, the Pentagon had expanded its remote work capabilities to about 1 million personnel through its Commercial Virtual Remote collaboration environment, which, as Nextgov reports, “facilitates the exchange of low-risk, unclassified data and communications among users.” It’s been a critical tool as the DOD has enabled widespread telework during the coronavirus pandemic.

However, DOD CIO Dana Deasy and other defense officials have indicated they are working to enable access to classified information through the CVR environment, which uses the cloud-based Microsoft Teams collaboration tool.

Deasy said in late July that his office was running “a lot of pilots” to improve the security of the CVR, FedScoop reports. “We are confident we will rise to the challenge by leveraging our innovative ecosystem,” Deasy

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