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Gen. David Thompson: Space Force Looks to Commercial Market for Satellite ISR Capabilities

Gen. David Thompson

Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force, said the service is looking to broaden the procurement of commercial space services with the acquisition of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) satellite data and analytical services. "Comms, data relay, remote sensing, and even ISR and some other things — [these] capabilities are increasingly available in the commercial market,” Thompson said.

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DOE Unveils 100-Day Power Infrastructure Cybersecurity Plan; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) will coordinate with electric utility companies and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on a 100-day plan to beef up defenses against threat actors that target U.S. power systems. DOE said Tuesday its cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response office will aim to develop tools intended to help industrial control system operators monitor, detect and respond to malicious cyber activity.

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Upcoming DARPA Program to Provide Contractors Access to Other Commercial Tech; Serge Leef Quoted

Defense Advanced

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will launch an industrial partnership that grants DARPA contractors access to technology made by other companies. DARPA will use its Toolbox Initiative to procure products from computing technology providers in support of contracted companies tasked to develop new systems. DARPA plans to host industry days and launch an internal marketing campaign for Toolbox this fall.

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SDA Seeking Industry Feedback on Satellite Integration; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has chosen a multiple tranche development approach for its global satellite constellation systems for the Department of the Defense (DOD). No SDA satellites are flying yet, but the SDA has already requested industry feedback on how the Agency should upgrade its communications standards for its second generation of satellites. C4isrnet reported the story on Wednesday. 

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GE’s Peter Prowitt to Serve as Aerospace Industries Association’s CIO

Peter Prowitt

Peter Prowitt, the executive director of global government relations at General Electric's (NYSE: GE) aviation arm, has been appointed to serve as the Aerospace Industries Association's chief operating officer, Inside Defense reported Wednesday. He will begin his tenure as AIA CIO in July and succeed Bob Durbin, a former U.S. Army officer, who will soon retire from the association.

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Danielle Metz: CIOs Help Organizations Identify Network, Data Strategies

Danielle Metz

Danielle Metz, the Department of Defense's deputy chief information officer for information enterprise, said she wants to change how organizations view the role of a CIO. Metz, who went from an acting role to a permanent one this year, said in an interview that CIOs help organizations formulate strategies with regard to networks, data centers and technical debt.

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Joint All Domain Command and Control Strategy Nearly Finalized; Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall Quoted

Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy is nearly completed and will soon be on the secretary of defense Gen. Lloyd Austin’s office. Gen. Austin, a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, will review the document and if he approves. DOD agencies and organizations will begin the next stages of the JADC2 rollout.

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Battelle Funds Internships for HBCU Students

Battelle

Battelle is expanding its long-standing commitment to increasing diversity and fostering inclusion within Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers by investing $200,000 over two years to provide students from Bowie State University and Morgan State University research opportunities as they progress from the classroom to employment.

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STRATCOM Commander Adm. Charles Richard: US Nuclear C3 Network is Resilient, Cybersecure

Adm. Charles Richard

Adm. Charles Richard, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), has assured members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) that the U.S. nuclear command, control and communications network is secured and resilient but added that cybersecurity must be part of its priority investments to ensure its defense against cyberattacks in the long-term.

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