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Trump Issues National Cyber Strategy

President Donald Trump has released a national strategy that outlines the administration’s action plans to build up cyber defense capabilities and safeguard the country from cyber threats. A White House fact sheet published Thursday says the National Cyber Strategy consists of four pillars and one of those is to ensure the security of federal networks and critical infrastructure.

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Air Force to Test New Contracting Process for Startups in October; Will Roper Quoted

The U.S. Air Force plans to test in October a new process that aims to speed up contract awards to startups and small businesses within days, FlightGlobal reported Friday. Will Roper, assistant secretary for the service's acquisition, technology and logistics, said the process would involve a call for startups to present their ideas in one or two pages and pitch their concepts through a “90-second video like Kickstarter.”

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GSA’s Alan Thomas on Technology Modernization Fund, EIS Contract

Alan Thomas, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, told Federal News Radio in an interview published Thursday about the factors he looks for in proposals for the next round of awards under the Technology Modernization Fund. “I’m always focused on if someone will spend money with an industry partner, I’m looking at what vehicle are they using, is it shovel ready, and I tend to be a little bit of stickler on payback,” he told the station’s Ask the CIO program.
 

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Vice Adm. Thomas Moore: NAVSEA Plans to Modify Maintenance Contract Strategy With Private Shipyards

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, head of Naval Sea Systems Command, has said NAVSEA plans to introduce changes to the multiple-award contract/multi-order strategy in an effort to improve the contracting process with private yards for ship maintenance work, USNI News reported Wednesday. NAVSEA has started a pilot program that aims to combine ship maintenance availabilities to provide private yards with a “little more stable and predictive work” and facilitate on-time delivery of ships, Moore said Tuesday at the American Society of Naval Engineers’ Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium.

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NIST Estimates Encryption Standard’s Economic Benefit at $250B; Walter Copan Quoted

A National Institute of Standards and Technology study estimates the economic impact of an encryption standard launched two decades ago to be worth approximately $250B. NIST said Wednesday the Advanced Encryption Standard is an algorithm that works to decrypt and encrypt electronic data and was cleared for government use in November 2001.

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Senate OKs FY 2019 Minibus Spending Measure With Over $670B for DoD

The Senate voted 93-7 on Tuesday to pass a negotiated package that would allocate over $850B in fiscal 2019 funds for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, Stars and Stripes reported Tuesday. The decision came days after congressional negotiators reached a compromise on the appropriations package.
 

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Pentagon Launches New Cyber Strategy

The Defense Department has released a new strategy that lays out its action plans to counter cybersecurity threats posed by Russia, China and other strategic competitors. A summary of DoD’s cyber strategy issued Tuesday states DoD’s cyber space goals such as the need to build up the joint force’s capability to carry out cyber operations that enhance the country’s military advantage; defend U.S. critical infrastructure from malicious threats; and secure the Pentagon’s information systems from cyber vulnerabilities.

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Soraya Correa: DHS Aims to Streamline Procurement Process Through Innovation Lab Boot Camp

Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at the Department of Homeland Security, told Federal News Radio in an interview published Tuesday how DHS' procurement innovation lab helps personnel and other agencies streamline the acquisition process through the boot camp. “People walk out of the course not only understanding what our innovative techniques are, but encouraged and motivated to go out and innovative and be innovative in the constructs of the Federal Acquisition Regulations,” Correa said of PIL’s boot camp.

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Report: Army Gets $343M Funding Boost for Weapons, Munitions R&D in FY 2019 Budget Compromise

Congressional negotiators have reached a deal to allocate $383.4M in fiscal 2019 funds for the U.S. Army's research and development work on weapons systems and munitions, Defense News reported Monday. The negotiated spending bill released late Thursday reflects a $343M increase from the service's budget request of $40.4M for weapons and munitions tech development and improvement efforts.

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Heather Wilson: Air Force Eyes 24% Rise in Squadrons by 2030

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has said the service plans to increase the total number of operational squadrons to 386 and add 40K more personnel by 2030 to counter potential military threats posed by Russia and China, Reuters reported Monday. That figure represents a 24 percent increase from the service’s 312 squadrons today.
 

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