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Maj. Gen. Ryan Heritage Takes Charge of USMC Cyber Organization

Ryan Heritage

Maj. Gen. Ryan Heritage, formerly commanding general of U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Western Recruiting Region, officially assumed new duties as head of the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER) at a ceremony held Wednesday at the U.S. Naval Academy. He succeeds Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy, who will transition to a new role as USMC's deputy commandant for information.

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Andrew Malloy: DISA Explores Telework Enterprise Identity, Device Management Approaches

Andrew Malloy

Andrew Malloy, technical director of the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) cyber development directorate, said that DISA is looking at strategies to manage user access and personal mobile devices within remote work environments. The agency is conducting pilot programs to test an enterprise identity management service and determine a bring-your-own-device approach for the Department of Defense (DOD).

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Serco Awarded $70M U.S. Navy Contract for C5ISR Electronic System Support; Dave Dacquino Quoted

Dave Dacquino

Serco announced on Thursday that the company landed a potential $70 million U.S. Navy contract to provide engineering and technical support for aviation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) electronic systems. The single-award contract (SAC) has a five-year base period and one two-year option period. 

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Maxar Technologies Providing WorldView Legion Satellite Capacity to International Defense, Intelligence Customers; Tony Frazier Quoted

Tony Frazier

Maxar Technologies announced on Thursday that the company secured a multi-year $35 million contract for WorldView Legion satellite constellation capacity through an expanded agreement with a key international defense and intelligence customer. The contract will extend the customer's ability to easily task and download 30 cm-class satellite imagery to its ground station from Maxar’s current constellation under the Direct Access Program. 

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Air Force Puts Hypersonic Missile Warhead Through Detonation Test

Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Air Force set off a hypersonic missile warhead for the first time during a recent Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon test held at Eglin AF Base in Florida. USAF said Wednesday that its 780th Test Squadron aimed to evaluate the lethality of the rocket-powered hypersonic technology via the detonation event.

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Biden Administration Mulls Ransomware Attack Response; Press Secretary Jen Psaki Quoted

White House

President Biden met with his administration's national security team to develop plans addressing the ransomware attacks perceived to be initiated by hackers from Russia. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not indicate if the administration is linking the Russian government or criminal actors to the attacks, the recent casualty of which was information technology company Kaseya.

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NOAA Eyes Use of Small Satellites for Weather Forecasts; Greg Mandt Quoted

Polar-Orbiting Satellites

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is looking to deploy a constellation of small satellites for weather forecast activities in the future. NOAA considers using small polar-orbiting satellites for the agency's next constellation, instead of traditional large spacecraft like the existing Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).

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DOD Inspector General: Five Sites Need Better 3D Printing Cybersecurity

3D Printing

The Department of Defense's inspector general (DOD IG) found in an audit that five DOD sites need to bolster the security of their additive manufacturing or 3D printing systems. DOD IG said in a July 1 report that it recommends the involved DOD components to first attain an authority to operate for all their AM systems before use.

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GAO: DOD Must Reduce F-35 Costs to Achieve Affordability, Better Readiness Rates

F-35 Aircraft

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found in an assessment that the Department of Defense (DOD) has improved the readiness rates of F-35 aircraft but still has more work and cost reduction to meet warfighter requirements. GAO said Wednesday that it discovered that the U.S. F-35 fleet exhibited a mission-capable rate growth from 59 to 69 percent between fiscal years 2019 and 2020, a result that still falls below the military's objectives.

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GovConPay Partners With Unanet GovCon ERP to Develop Robust API Integration for Payroll, HR Technology; Gene Gainey Quoted

GovConPay Partners

GovConPay announced that the company has partnered with leading Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) compliant ERP provider Unanet. “We are pleased to have GovConPay as a partner in our Unanet Connect program,” said Gene Gainey, chief sales officer for Unanet. GovConPay has emerged as the only provider of outsourced payroll and HR technology solutions dedicated solely to servicing the government contractor marketplace. 

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