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Adam Mazmanian

Executive Editor, Nextgov/FCW

Adam Mazmanian

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of Nextgov/FCW. Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, governmentwide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.


DOD CIO resigns to take university post

John Sherman will become dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M.


'ChatGPT, plan my top-secret mission'

Microsoft adds an air-gapped generative AI tool to its cloud services for classified workloads.


Water-system gear hacked by Iran-backed group, US warns

So far, CyberAv3ngers has only managed to deface web interfaces operated by the Israeli-made controllers.

Defense Systems

US, Japan warn of China-backed hackers lurking in networking gear

The joint advisory cautioned that a China-backed threat group called BlackTech is exploiting weaknesses in routers to hack government and industrial targets.

Science & Tech

Augmented-Reality Goggles ‘On Pace' for Limited 2024 Rollout, Army Says

Full production of the much-delayed Integrated Visual Augmentation System may start in summer 2025, the Army's chief buyer said.


The Pentagon Has Unimplemented Cyber Recommendations from 2012

A new report from the Office of Inspector General points out longstanding unmet requests.


US Sues to Block Spy-Tech Deal

The Justice Department opposes Booz Allen’s bid to acquire a rival ahead of a five-year signals intelligence procurement.


NSA Can Now Order Other Agencies to Fix Their IT Systems

A White House memo grants the intelligence agency new powers under the May 2021 executive order on cybersecurity.

Defense Systems

DOD revamps controversial CMMC program

After a nine-month review, the Defense Department is replacing its original cyber compliance program for the industrial base with CMMC 2.0, putting more emphasis on self-assessment.

Defense Systems

Biden administration picks former Microsoft exec for VA CIO

Kurt DelBene, a former senior executive at Microsoft and Defense Innovation Board member, is being tapped by the Biden administration to serve as CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Defense Systems

GAO backs Microsoft's protest of $10 billion NSA cloud award to AWS

The Government Accountability Office agreed that aspects of the National Security Agency's evaluation of a major cloud award were "unreasonable."

Defense Systems

State Department to get cyber bureau

The secretary of State named cybersecurity and emerging tech as critical areas for capacity building at State, alongside climate, global health and multilateral technology.

Defense Systems

CISA seeks 24-hour cyber incident reporting timeline

Two separate Senate bills set different deadlines for federal contractors, critical infrastructure providers and other covered companies to report cyber incidents to the federal government.

Defense Systems

CMMC's Arrington sues DOD to clear her name

Katie Arrington, who has been off the job since May, is suing the Department of Defense to get resolution on her personnel case.

Defense Systems

DHS adds cyber requirements for transportation industry

The Transportation Security Agency and the Coast Guard are getting increased authority over industry cybersecurity.

Defense Systems

CISA chief floats fines to compel threat info sharing

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly told lawmakers that fines may help enable disclosure compliance and enforcement.

Defense Systems

White House pushes back on efforts to restore program cuts in NDAA

The Biden administration appears determined to stick to plans to retire legacy platforms and systems.

Defense Systems

Senators push DHS to focus intel activities on foreign threats

The Senate version of the annual intelligence authorization bill, which passed out of committee last week, includes a warning to DHS' intelligence arm to distinguish more carefully between its foreign and domestic missions.

Defense Systems

Microsoft nabs top secret cloud ATO

Azure Government Top Secret is now "generally available" for national security workloads, Microsoft announced in a blog post.

Defense Systems

CISA debuts vulnerability disclosure platform

Federal civilian agencies can tap a bug reporting system fielded as a shared service by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to gather information on potential website and software vulnerabilities.