GSA EIS Team to Help Agencies Implement Emerging Tech via New Service; Allen Hill Quoted

General Services

The General Services Administration (GSA) is working on a network-as-a-service that would help agencies continuously modernize network infrastructure via a cloud-centric business model. Allen Hill, GSA's deputy assistant commissioner of category management, said the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract team will help agencies adopt emerging technologies and shift away from legacy systems.

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House Presents Performance Enhancement Bill, Reviews Existing IT Laws; Jay Mahanand Quoted

Jay Mahanand

Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., and Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., have introduced a bill that aims to involve key stakeholders and resources in federal performance planning. The two introduced the Performance Enhancement Reform Act during a biannual hearing last Friday. Connolly, who chairs the House's Subcommittee on Government Operations, administered this hearing to review the implementation of three existing technology laws. 

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Vertex Aerospace Receives $881M NAVAIR CLS Contract; CEO Ed Boyington Quoted

Ed Boyington

Vertex Aerospace announced on Tuesday that the company has been awarded a potential six-year, $882 million Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) task order from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to provide supply chain management for the E-6B Mercury Airborne Command Post (ABNCP) and Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) missions.

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Announces ServiceNow Integration to Improve Multi-Cloud Management

Oracle Cloud

Oracle today announced that ServiceNow, the leading digital workflow company that makes work, work better for people, now supports the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Enterprise customers are now able to access and manage OCI resources via their existing ServiceNow Service portal and the ServiceNow IT Operations Management (ITOM) Visibility application. 

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NRO Plans Commercial Radar Imagery Procurement

Synthetic Aperture

A National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) official said the agency is looking to award multiple contracts to access commercial imagery from synthetic aperture radar satellites to study how space data products could support the intelligence community mission. Pete Muend, director of NRO’s commercial systems program office, said the agency began the sourcing process after its market survey in November drew many responses from the private sector.

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Army OKs Document for Tactical Space Layer Rapid Development, Deployment; Lt. Col. Travis Tallman Quoted

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has approved a document to facilitate the rapid development and fielding of the Tactical Space Layer. The TSL abbreviated capability development document approved by the service’s assured positioning, navigation and timing/space cross-functional team will help advance the rapid experimentation and prototyping of tactical space-based sensors with ground-based systems and other platforms to speed up the sensor-to-shooter timeline needed for multidomain operations.

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DOD’s Danielle Metz: 17 Impact Level 5 Owners Implement Security Configuration Guides in DOD 365 Cloud Environment

Danielle Metz

Seventeen Impact Level 5 tenant owners have made security configuration changes to a Microsoft 365 cloud environment being developed for use by the Department of Defense, according to Danielle Metz, deputy chief information officer for the Information Enterprise at the Pentagon. She added that the team will then move to bring-your-own-approved devices and desktops. 

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NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Conducts First Flight Demo on Mars

NASA Ingenuity

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter performed its initial flight on the Red Planet and flew for a total of 39.1 seconds at an altitude of 10 feet on Monday. A team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) confirmed the first flight demonstration of the solar-powered helicopter after receiving data from Ingenuity through the space agency’s Perseverance Mars rover.

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Anne Neuberger Offers Update on Government’s Response to Recent Cyber Incidents

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that due to an increase in patching efforts, the Biden administration is “standing down” the two unified coordination groups that were established in response to cyber breaches involving SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange.

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State Department Harnesses AI Tech to Address Disinformation

State Department

The State Department's Global Engagement Center uses artificial intelligence in efforts to address the fake news spreads and state-sponsored propaganda targeting the U.S. government. Daniel Kimmage, acting coordinator of GEC, said at a Foreign Policy event that the center uses AI to identify coordinated threats and understand the corresponding landscape.

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