Brenda Marie Rivers

DOE’s Greg Sisson Warns Public on Social Engineering Scams

Department of Energy

Greg Sisson, acting deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity and chief information security officer at the Department of Energy (DOE), said the public must be wary of scams that use social engineering tactics amid the pandemic. Sisson explained that social engineering scams use human interaction through texts, phone calls, emails and online platforms to obtain personal information.

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NAVWAR Awards $104M in OTA Production Contracts for Warfare Tech Transition Effort

OTA Production

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NIWC) has awarded other transaction authority production (OTP) contracts worth $104 million combined to transition three prototype technologies under the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP). “This process provides a unique opportunity to leverage an OTA to not only rapidly prototype," said Don Sallee, acquisition planning services manager at NIWC Atlantic.

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JAIC’s Nand Mulchandani on Global AI Partnerships, Ethical Framework Dev’t

Nand Mulchandani

Nand Mulchandani, chief technology officer of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), has said that global partnerships are key to leveraging global datasets and scaling the artificial intelligence technologies for the Department of Defense (DoD). Mulchandani said that the DoD is focused on working with companies that can help explain and develop trust in AI systems. 

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Mark Esper: DoD Needs 5% Budget Increase to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, the defense secretary and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon needs a 3 to 5 percent increase in budget to keep up with near-peer adversaries and boost military readiness. He noted that the DoD is looking to realign program funds and reform 2018 National Defense Strategy goals to ensure spending efficiency. 

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Space Force Eyes Commercial Satcom Partnerships, Official Personnel Name

Space Force

The U.S. Space Force is planning to launch more low-Earth orbit satellite programs and unveil an official name for its personnel ahead of the service branch’s first anniversary in December 2020. He added that Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, intends to announce his long-term plans for the Space Force soon.

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CSET Report: DoD Must Have Clarity in Autonomy, AI Research Funding; Margarita Konaev Quoted

Autonomy

A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) has found the Department of Defense (DoD) still faces gaps in AI research despite having “an ambitious vision for artificial intelligence”. The report also suggests that basic AI research investments are smaller than initial estimates. DoD should “provide greater clarity about overall funding levels for autonomy and AI”.

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DoD, NSA Launch Cyber Workforce Dev’t, Diversity Program

Cyber Workforce

The Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with the National Security Agency (NSA) to launch a workforce training program aimed at promoting cybersecurity skills development to help close the nation’s cyber talent gap. CEDI participants will have access to DoD and NSA-sponsored cybersecurity programs, certified instructors, educational resources and internships with partner businesses.

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DHS Launching R&D Projects on 5G Mobile Security; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a research and development effort focused on mobile security as the country works to roll out 5G infrastructure. William Bryan, the acting undersecretary for science and technology, said S&T is currently working with the private sector in efforts to secure U.S. telecom infrastructure.

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Mark Esper: DoD Eyes Commercial Sealift Vessels for FY 2022 Budget

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said that DoD plans to add commercial vessels for military sealift operations in its budget request for fiscal year 2022. The Department of Defense also needs “sufficient munitions” to ensure conflict preparedness, according to Esper.

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NRL, SDA Partner to Prototype Satellite Interoperability Testbed; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has partnered with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop and test a simulation tool designed to assess the interoperability of satellites that will comprise a planned space defense layer. “The Space Development Agency appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with NRL on this important part of the process to develop the National Defense Space Architecture,” noted Derek Tournear, director of SDA.

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