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Fortress Information Security Names John Cofrancesco VP of BD

Fortress

Fortress Information Security has appointed John Cofrancesco as vice president of Business Development. He will bring a demonstrated history of working across the Department of Defense (DoD), federal and computer software sectors. “I cannot wait to see where this new chapter of my career will take me, and to grow and learn within this role,” said Cofrancesco in a recent statement

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GSA FAS Leader Julie Dunne: MAS Contract Vehicle Consolidation Boosted Sales

Julie Dunne

Julie Dunne, outgoing commissioner of the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), said her team's consolidation of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract vehicle boosted sales from $32 billion to $36 billion between 2019 and 2020. Dunne said her successor must sustain the consolidation's results and complementary catalog management work. 

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Chartis Research Recognizes LexisNexis Risk Solutions with RiskTech100 Award

LexisNexis Risk Solutions

LexisNexis Risk Solutions has been recognized as the category winner for Financial Crime - Data in the Chartis Research RiskTech100, marking the third consecutive year the company has received recognition for the category award, LexisNexis Risk Solutions reported on Wednesday. The RiskTech100 is an annual evaluation of the leading global risk technology providers.

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NASA, Japan Sign Agreement for Gateway Life Support Capabilities

Gateway Life Support

The Japanese government has inked an agreement with NASA to provide capabilities to sustain the habitation module of the agency's Gateway orbital outpost as part of the Artemis program. Gateway is designed to support scientific research efforts and function as a rendezvous point for astronauts that will fly to the Moon via the Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft. 

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DIA CIO Jack Gumtow Issues 4-Year Blueprint for Improving Intell Stakeholder Relationships

Jack Gumtow

Jack Gumtow, chief information officer of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), has released his strategy to improve the agency’s customer relationship management throughout a four-year period. The strategy comes as part of DIA’s efforts to address stakeholder feedback and covers objectives such as using automation to drive efficiency and breaking down barriers that result in data silos.

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USAF to Migrate Mission-Critical Apps Into Zero-Trust Environment

Cyber Strategy

The U.S. Air Force is looking to enhance its cybersecurity in response to the service branch's remote work setup by moving its mission-critical applications into a zero-trust environment, Fedscoop reported Tuesday. The Air Force also rolled out pilot efforts to assess potential migrations to a zero-trust setup amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DOE Invests in Phase I R&D Work Under 139 Small Businesses

Research and Development

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $37 million to fund Phase I research and development activities under 170 grants issued to 139 small businesses in support of the DOE Office of Science. DOE said Tuesday the Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer grants have a median value of $200,000 and cover a period of up to 12 months.

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NIST Looks to Update Legislation on Patent Licensing Disclosure; Walter Copan Quoted

Walter Copan

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to update legislation that mandates companies, universities and non-profit organizations to disclose their inventions that were created through federal investments. Walter Copan, director of NIST, said the updates serve as a culmination of extensive stakeholder engagement and will help lay the foundation for U.S. technology transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Sehlke Consulting Reports 2020 Results, 2021 Projections; Chad Sehlke Quoted

Chad Sehlke, founder and CEO

Sehlke Consulting reported that 2020 marked the company’s largest revenue growth year, resulting in a 58 percent increase in revenue. Additionally, the company will strive to continue its growth, moving into 2021. “Since 2013, Sehlke has averaged 101 percent in year-over-year revenue growth. We are proud of what our teams continue to accomplish,” said the company’s founder and CEO, Chad Sehlke.  

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Intelligence Community Stands up Council for Commercial Space Systems

David Gauthier

The U.S. intelligence community has established a new council to augment how commercial space systems deliver data for intelligence operations. The Commercial Space Council seeks to identify how to accelerate intelligence deliveries that rely on commercial satellites. David Gauthier said the council will work to increase IC's understanding of commercial technologies and advise on the community's policy and strategy.

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