Colin Demarest is a reporter at C4ISRNET, where he covers military networks, cyber and IT. Colin previously covered the Department of Energy and its NNSA — namely Cold War cleanup and nuclear weapons development — for a daily newspaper in South Carolina. Colin is also an award-winning photographer.
The U.S. military commands responsible for North America misused at least $19 million in COVID-19 relief money on space-related data analytics connected to the Pentagon’s JADC2 endeavor, as well as office information technology upgrades, investigators said.
The campaign launched in April 2021 with 14 participating companies and 141 publicly accessible assets to probe. Interest quickly ballooned; 41 companies and nearly 350 assets were eventually admitted.
“In previous wars, the difference between a good decision and a bad decision may be minutes,” the general said. “In the future battlespace, that difference between a good decision and a bad decision may be seconds or milliseconds.”
U.S. Northern Command earlier this year asked Congress for an additional $29.8 million to buy information technology equipment and to optimize infrastructure for artificial intelligence and machine learning at its joint operations center.