Mary-Louise Hoffman

Illumio to Help Air Force Adopt Microsegmentation Platform; Mark Sincevich Quoted

Microsegmentation

Sunnyvale, California-based security company Illumio has secured a contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to help the service branch implement a tool to gain visibility into digital assets and prevent threats from spreading across the network. The company said Monday it looks to drive the adoption of Core microsegmentation platform at the Department of the Air Force under the second phase of the AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research program.

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Col. Timothy Sejba: Space Tech Prototyping Contracts Could Reach $1B During 2021

Space Tech Prototyping

Col. Timothy Sejba said the U.S. Space Force expects to award nearly $1 billion in prototyping contracts for the first year of the branch's new other transaction agreement with the Space Enterprise Consortium. USSF selected National Security Technology Accelerator in January to act as the manager of “SpEC Reloaded" and administer up to $12 billion in prototype development funds over a 10-year period.

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DOD’s Gregory Kausner Forms Working Group to Boost Defense Supply Chain Resilience

Gregory Kausner

Gregory Kausner, acting undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, has formed a working group to identify organizational factors that limit DOD's visibility into supply chain operations and develop measures to increase its ability to address risk events. The Pentagon, Congress and the Biden administration have prioritized initiatives to mitigate supply chain risks amid the pandemic.

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OMB’s Federal Program Evaluation Website Goes Live; Diana Epstein Quoted

Diana Epstein

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched an online hub that will contain public information about agency plans and priorities related to the federal government's program evaluation activity. “We hope that Evaluation.gov will be a public resource for federal agencies, external researchers, and other partners as we continue this important work,” Diana Epstein, evidence team lead at OMB, wrote in Aug. 26 post.

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Michael Orlando: NCSC Campaign Aims to Increase Government, Industry Awareness of Insider Threats

Michael Orlando

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) and its federal partners have kicked off a month-long campaign to promote the importance of implementing programs that help agencies and companies reduce insider threat risks. “Through this campaign, we hope to bring much-needed attention to insider threats and help organizations and their employees prevent and mitigate these issues early on," said Michael Orlando, acting director of NCSC.

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NNSA’s Jill Hruby: Nuclear Science & Tech Adoption Key to Address Climate Change

Jill Hruby

Jill Hruby, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, said she believes that adopting nuclear science and technology advancements will be key to reduce the global consequences of climate change. “I think the world needs nuclear energy as safe, secure, reliable, clean base power capability," said Hruby.

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House Committee to Take Up $7.4B Federal Vehicle Electrification Bill

Capitol Hill

House Oversight and Reform Committee members plan to vote on a $7.4 billion spending bill that seeks to grow the federal government's fleet of electric vehicles. The legislation, which the panel could take up Thursday, includes $5 billion for vehicle purchases by the General Services Administration (GSA) and another $2.4 billion for the U.S. Postal Service to buy EVs and support infrastructure.

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Johns Hopkins APL Receives Task Order to Support Space Systems Command Program

Space

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will help Space Systems Command understand space, air and surface domain events under a $26.75 million task order. APL's program technical direction agents will perform work for the command at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California.

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NNSA, NorthStar Sign Cooperative Agreements for Non-Uranium Isotope Production; Jill Hruby Quoted

Jill Hruby

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded NorthStar Medical Technologies a pair of cooperative agreements worth $37 million combined to help the company build reactor and electron beam accelerator systems for molybdenum-99 production. NorthStar agreed to provide matching funds that will support technologies needed for the domestic supply of Mo-99

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