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Space Force Releases Space Systems Command Structural Framework; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force has created an organizational framework for its Space Systems Command (SSC) ahead of the component’s official establishment in summer. The Space Force said Thursday that it intends to use the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base as the new command’s headquarters.

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Space Force To Restructure Acquisition Organization; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) announced Thursday it will reorganize its acquisitions organization this summer. In an attempt to accelerate new technology delivery, the Space Systems Command (SSC) will replace the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). The new SSC will be responsible for developing, acquiring, fielding, sustaining space capabilities

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CACI Receives $700M BPA to Provide National Security Investigations for DHS; John Mengucci Quoted

John Mengucci

CACI International announced on Thursday that the company has been awarded a potential five-year, $700 million multiple-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide national security investigations to the department. The company will provide enterprise technology and support the full range of case types for DHS and their components.

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Contract to Provide COTS Module Technology to Update F-22 Raptor Aircraft; President, CEO Lynn Bamford Quoted

Lynn Bamford

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced on Wednesday that the company has received a contract to provide its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) processor module technology to upgrade the F-22 Raptor aircraft through Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Prior to its selection, the Curtiss-Wright processor module was successfully subjected to a rigorous and extensive durability test program to meet the F-22 Raptor’s extreme environmental requirements.

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Air Force CIO Lauren Knausenberger Shares Views on CMMC

Lauren Knausenberger

Lauren Knausenberger, chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force and 2021 Wash100 Award, said she has concerns about the potential impact of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program on small businesses seeking to work with DOD. Knausenberger thinks the Pentagon’s information technology supply chain should be supported with better cyber standards. 

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Senate Lawmakers Ask CISA, OMB to Submit Docs Amid Probe Into Recent Cyber Hacks

Cyber Hacks

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio., ranking member of the Senate panel, have asked the federal government to provide information on its response to cyberattacks involving SolarWinds Orion and Microsoft Exchange. Portman and Peters asked DeRusha to provide information on the government’s current federal cybersecurity strategy

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House Lawmakers Call for Greater Scrutiny of Requests for Forces Within DOD

Pentagon

House lawmakers have asked the Department of Defense (DOD) to reevaluate how it deploys military forces worldwide amid the increase in the approval of additional requests for forces by combatant commands. Reps. Rob Wittman, R-Va., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., Michael Turner, R-Ohio, and Jackie Speier (D-Calif., were among the signatories of the letter addressed to Gen. Austin and Hicks.

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Space Warfighting Analysis Center to Support Efforts for Improved Threat Monitoring in Space

U.S. Space Force

The U.S. Space Force aims to ramp up its modernization of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities for improved space-based threat monitoring efforts through its recently established Space Warfighting Analysis Center. Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback, head of service branch’s ISR Directorate, said SWAC, which is still in the early stages of development, will be responsible for developing a plan for enhancing ISR sensors.

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DHS to Hold Sprints on Driving Cybersecurity Response; Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a cybersecurity sprint event in support of the Biden administration's efforts to drive cyber response. DHS will hold a series of exercises focused on major IT topic areas such as ransomware, industrial control systems, workforce, election security, transportation security and international-focused efforts.

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Lt. Gen. Michael Groen Says DOD Must Avoid AI Obsolescence

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) director, believes that the biggest artificial intelligence (AI) threat facing the Department of Defense (DOD) is obsolescence. He stressed that China is attempting to become the world leader in AI by 2030 and the DOD needs to have integrated systems to counter that threat.

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