About ChrisScott

Chris Scott is an experienced department of defense enterprise technology professional and business executive with a long running track record of fielding proven technologies into large organizations. She interacts with senior DoD and IC officials and provides insights to our readers here. She publishes at CTOvision.com and DelphiBrief.com and the new analysis focused Analyst One

Tech Firms Seeking To Serve Federal Missions: Here is how to follow the money

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Editor’s note: Chris Scott has deep insights into how government works. Let us know if you would like more info on any of this.-bg With this post I’ll provide some of my personal observations and insights from the the 24th Annual Government Procurement Conference. The conference was held this week at the Walter E. Washington […]

Creating The New Cyber Warrior: Eight South Carolina Universities Compete

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When Defense Secretary Hagel announced that he was going to expand his cyber workforce by more than 6,000 by the end of 2016, I think most of us in the industry collectively wondered: “Where the heck is he going to FIND these cyber warriors?” While almost every University is paying attention to this career enhancing […]

Finding The Elusive Data Scientist In The Federal Space

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Everyone is talking about the data scientist. Harvard Business Review called it the “Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”. Friends from across industry and academia have also been using this term and I have met so many real data scientists that are making big differences for their organizations. Except in the federal space. A near-universal gap […]

DoD Public And Private Cloud Mandates: And insights from a deployed communications professional on why it matters

All who track DoD technology issues have been waiting way too long to see DoD to capitalize on the benefits of Cloud Solutions. This topic has been studied for years (see, for example, DSB Report on Cyber Security and Reliability in a Digital Cloud). Building on years of work, Ms. Takai, DoD’s CIO, signed out the […]

Navy continues to invest in innovation: Review their S&T efforts here

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We are all sick of hearing about the budget cuts and woes of DoD.  Let’s focus on the good news: some really great things will continue to be funded as Navy continues to invest in innovation.  Last week, Secretary of Defense released the details of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and the FY15 Budget […]

Motivated Team Of Mission Focused Technologists From Software AG Wins Rapid Integration Challenge of Plugfest

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Plugfest is a new phenomenon in the national security technology community, where participants compete in judged evaluations showing how well (and fast) they can create trusted situational awareness in a chaotic/realistic scenario using off the shelf software and existing data sets/streams. Hands down, one of the coolest things I have seen in months was PLUGFEST […]