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U.S. Army Seeking New Waveform Technologies to Reduce Adversary Interference; Dan Duvak Quoted

Waveform Technologies

The U.S. Army continues to develop future capabilities for the service branch’s tactical network team, which includes featuring new waveform technologies in future deliveries of its tools to reduce adversaries’ chances of interfering with communications and improving their capabilities. “They’re like laser beams being pointed from your router to each user,” Duvak said.

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ARL Acquires Two New Supercomputers to Improve Performance, Push AI, Machine Learning Tools; Matt Goss Quoted

Army Research Laboratory

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has received two new supercomputers, named “Jean and Kay,” to address the Department of Defense’s (DoD) most data-intensive computational challenges and drive the continued development of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools. “Jean and Kay” will also offer a chance for DoD’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) to shift and refresh its capabilities.

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Leidos Accelerating Transition of $7.7B Navy NGEN Recompete Contract; Gerry Fasano Quoted

Gerry Fasano

Leidos will be accelerating its transition to modernize its enterprise network through the $7.7 billion Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) Recompete contract from the Department of the Navy that the company won back in Feb. 2020. “We actually briefed the Navy on Friday and they accepted the recommendation that will allow us to maintain and accelerate the transition,” said Gerry Fasano

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President-Elect Joe Biden Expected to Appoint First National Cyber Director in 2021

White House

Following the compromise of multiple federal agencies as a result of the SolarWinds hack, the expectation is that President-elect Joe Biden will appoint the first national cyber director (NCD), a position the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2021 will create, after taking office Jan. 20th. Montgomery also stated that there’s a “drastic” gap between the cyber defense for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence community.

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Nellis AFB Launches New Air Force Operational Test Event; Col. Ryan Messer Quoted

53rd Wing

The 53rd Wing has consolidated its series of large-scale tests into a new event called the “Black Flag” at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, the AirForceTimes reported on Monday. Black Flag is being designed to build capability for the Air Force and act as the equivalent to the service branch’s “Red Flag” training exercise testing. 

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Booz Allen Leads New Frost & Sullivan Security Report

Booz Allen

Frost & Sullivan, a leading market research and strategy firm, ranked Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) as holding the largest single market share in Managed and Professional Security Services in the Americas in its annual report, Managed and Professional Security Services Market in the Americas, Forecast to 2024, Booz Allen announced Tuesday. 

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Congress Increases MDA’s Budget by $130M to Fund Hypersonic Missile Warning Satellites

Hypersonic Missile

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has had its budget increased by $130 million by Congress to develop a new satellite constellation capable of tracking hypersonic weapons to fill a dramatic need in the U.S. missile warning architecture. The $130 million budget addition for the project includes a $10 million transfer from the SDA.

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St. Louis-Based NGA Accelerator to Be Launched in March 2021

National Geospatial

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced on Monday that a new tech accelerator is being launched to help commercial startups develop new geospatial technologies in St. Louis, Missouri. Eight companies will be selected to participate during the NGA Accelerator’s inaugural 13-week program that is set to launch next year in late-March 2021. 

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Joe Biden Announces White House Office of Digital Strategy Members; Ron Klain Quoted

White House

President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris announced the members of the White House Office of Digital Strategy on Monday. The office will continue to amplify and engage users online through the traditional measures of the White House while also forming new partnerships to extend the reach of POTUS with the American people.

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Correction to Our Previous Edition

GovConDaily Correction

GovConDaily incorrectly reported on Monday that Christopher C. Miller had been confirmed by the Senate as the Acting Secretary of Defense to assume the responsibilities of recently terminated Mark Esper. In fact, Mr. Miller has not been confirmed by the Senate for that role of SecDef. Rather, Mr. Miller was previously Senate confirmed as the head of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. 

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