SMC’s Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern on Continuing Partnerships With Heavy-Lift Launch Providers

D. Jason Cothern

Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern, vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said the U.S. Space Force will continue working with launch providers after selecting two contractors for a national security mission. The Space Force previously awarded contracts to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to utilize the former’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy vehicles.

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FCC Unveils Draft Proposal for 5G Spectrum Availability; Ajit Pai Quoted

Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a draft proposal regarding a spectrum considered for use with commercial 5G. The proposal highlights efforts to have the 3.45-3.55 gigahertz spectrum ready for 5G implementation across the country. Pai's proposal supports FCC's planned 5G implementation alongside other efforts. 

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Maria Roat: Zero Trust, Quantum Concepts Key to Fortifying Federal Systems

Maria Roat

Maria Roat, deputy federal chief information officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said that federal agencies need to evolve their systems to ensure their capacity to handle quantum technologies and withstand emerging threats. “Even as I’m modernizing some of our old systems, our legacy systems, I have to make sure that our current systems as well are keeping up,” noted Roat. 

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GAO Identifies 16 Mission-Critical Federal IT Acquisition Programs

IT Modernization

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified and profiled 16 mission-critical information technology acquisitions of federal agencies. GAO said that federal agencies expect to generate cost savings from 13 of those mission-critical IT acquisitions once deployed due to a number of factors, including security improvement, legacy system shutdown and elimination of paper-based processes.

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Christopher Krebs: Agencies Shifting to Telework Should Boost Investments in Cyber Tools

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a 2020 Wash100 awardee, said agencies transitioning to the cloud to support telework should consolidate and increase investments in security tools to better manage cyber threats.

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JAIC’s Nand Mulchandani on Software-Defined Warfare, Joint All-Domain C2

Nand Mulchandani

Nand Mulchandani, acting director of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said software will play a decisive role in competing against adversaries in fast-paced future fights because rewriting code is faster than upgrading physical weapons. Mulchandani said the Joint All-Domain Command and Control program is not a “single piece of software” that will operate on a single network. 

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Air Force to Highlight Digital Transformation Effort on Virtual Event

U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is slated to host a virtual industry day Sept. 21 to discuss the service branch's digital transformation initiative and strategy to industry and academia. The industry day will showcase digital engineering efforts from select programs and expound how the Air Force and the U.S. Space Force will conduct business in the future. 

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IRS Seeks Methods to Improve Procurement via Labor Data


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a $7M solicitation to help the U.S. government improve deliveries of products and services. The solicitation calls for industry to propose ideas on how to gather, analyze, visualize and manage labor data relevant to procurement. The agency launched the solicitation through the Pilot IRS experimental contract vehicle.

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