Technology

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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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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GAO: VA Should Improve Schedule, Cost Estimates for Financial Management Tech Modernization Effort

Financial Management

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiate steps to come up with reliable cost and schedule estimates for the Financial Management Business Transformation (FMBT) program using best practices outlined in GAO’s cost estimating and schedule assessment guides. The FMBT initiative seeks to replace VA’s aging financial and acquisition systems with a single integrated platform.  

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CISA Issues Advisory on Pulse Connect Secure VPN Vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity and

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an alert stating that a cyber threat actor has compromised a number of government agencies, critical infrastructure and organizations in the private sector since “June 2020 or earlier” using vulnerabilities in Ivanti’s Pulse Connect Secure virtual private network products.

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CyberSheath Announces New CMMC Managed Service; Eric Noonan Quoted

Eric Noonan

CyberSheath Services International announced Tuesday the next evolution of its CMMC Managed Services, including its CMMCEnclave. CMMCEnclave is a service that enables small and mid-sized businesses to obtain CMMC certification required to secure Department of Defense (DOD) contracts. CyberCloud Shared Services shares desktops while data security is enforced to CMMC compliance standards. 

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Army Partners With Academia to Develop Soldier-to-Robot Communication System; Felix Gervits Quoted

Robot Communication

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) worked with the University of Southern California (USC) to study how soldiers would communicate with autonomous robots. The Army said Monday it worked with the Institute for Creative Technologies, USC-hosted research center funded by the Department of Defense, to prototype the Joint Understanding and Dialogue Interface (JUDI) system.

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