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Biden Administration Seeks to Invest in Infrastructure Upgrades, Revitalize Manufacturing Under $2T American Jobs Plan

White House

The Biden administration has unveiled a plan to invest $2 trillion in infrastructure projects and job creation initiatives as part of efforts to rebuild the U.S. economy and compete with China. The administration also proposed the Made in America Tax Plan that seeks to implement corporate tax changes to raise money and help pay for investments stipulated in the American Jobs Plan. 

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GSA Sets Completion Target for Multiple Award Schedule Consolidation; Stephanie Shutt Quoted

Stephanie Shutt

The General Services Administration (GSA) expects to conclude the third phase of its Multiple Award Schedule consolidation effort by the end of 2021. GSA announced the completion of the second phase of MAS consolidation in August 2020 and now wants vendors holding multiple contracts to submit plans by the end of the year. 

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Two DOD Organizations Partner to Engage Small Businesses in National Security Tech Programs

National Security

The Department of Defense's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) have agreed to create a joint annual program meant to encourage smaller contractors to participate more in the the national technology and industrial base. OSBP Director Farooq Mitha said the two organizations will develop initiatives that align with President Biden's Build Back Better recovery plan

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U.S. Army Tests Modernized Network Equipment With Full Brigade; Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher Quoted

Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher

The U.S. Army tested the most advanced modernized radios, tactical cell phones and network gear with a whole brigade for two weeks in March at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk. The exercise culminated from three years of work to build a modernized network that incorporates real-time soldier feedback while in the field.

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Army Research Laboratory Demos Drone’s Autonomous Landing on Unmanned Ground Vehicle; Stephen Nogar Quoted

U.S. Army

Researchers with the U.S. Army developed and demonstrated a method through which unmanned aircraft systems may autonomously land on unmanned ground vehicles. The team from Army Research Laboratory (ARL) aimed to demonstrate this landing approach without reliance on GPS systems. Nogar said GPS is easily disrupted, and therefore must not be relied on by unmanned aircraft.

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US-Israel Research and Development Partnership Posts Solicitation for Homeland Security Projects; William Bryan Quoted

DHS

Interested vendors have until June 15th to submit proposals to the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation on research and development projects for homeland security technologies. The proposals are also required to include research and cooperative agreements between Israeli and U.S. companies. BIRD will accept executive summaries for all proposed projects until April 27th.

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DOD Launches Review of CMMC Vetting Program; Robert Metzger Quoted

CMMC Vetting

Jessica Maxwell, a spokeswoman for the Department of Defense (DOD), said the Pentagon is assessing the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program to ensure that it is meeting goals without impeding industry participation. Maxwell told the publication in a statement that the DOD routinely executes assessments at the early stages of major programs.

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NASA Researchers Use Mixed Reality to Study Other-World Environments From Earth; Darlene Lim Quoted

Darlene Lim

NASA has studied how virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies can support exploration missions on Mars and the Moon. The space agency said Tuesday that its Ames Research Center led three projects that tackled mix reality applications in volcanic environment studies, life-searching in space and operational design for scientific missions in austere environments.

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NARA Drives Records Digitization, Data Management Efforts

National Archives and

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is ramping up efforts to support massive amounts of electronic records as part of a digital archiving initiative. NARA is coordinating with the Chief Data Officers Council on implementing data management practices while working to establish Electronic Records Archives 2.0, which will manage the storage, transfer and scheduling of electronic records from agencies.

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AT&T, Cisco Develop Highly Secure SD-WAN Capabilities; Will Eborall Quoted

SD-WAN Capabilities

AT&T announced on Wednesday that the company is adding new features from Cisco to its SD-WAN capabilities. AT&T SD-WAN with Cisco Teleworker solution will provide customers with fast and secure SD-WAN capabilities whose employees work from home. It will provide enterprise-grade services without sacrificing performance. AT&T and Cisco’s product will emphasize security and prioritize business applications over non-business traffic. 

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