U.S., Albania Sign MOU to Advance 5G Security; Antony Blinken Quoted

Antony Blinken

The U.S. and Albania have agreed to facilitate the development of secure 5G and 4G networks and protect such networks from foreign adversaries. Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed the memorandum of understanding with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Sunday during a meeting in Brussels.

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Ronald Moultrie: Government Should Boost Investment in Defense-Intelligence Info Sharing

Ronald Moultrie

Three high-level executives from the Department of Defense (DOD) jointly testified in front of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) regarding the collaboration between defense and intelligence communities. Ronald Moultrie, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, said the U.S. government must focus on improving how it facilitates defense-intelligence information sharing.

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Lloyd Austin: New DOD Center to Strengthen Rules-Based Order in Arctic Region

Lloyd Austin

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced the establishment of a new regional center on Wednesday to help facilitate collaborate between the U.S. government and allies on issues related to the Arctic region. The office of the undersecretary of defense for policy will oversee the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies.

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U.S. Cyber Command Requests $93.4M From Congress in Additional Funding; Gen. Paul Nakasone Quoted

Gen. Paul Nakasone

U.S. Cyber Command has requested an additional $62 million in funding to reinforce the Department of Defense’s (DOD) information technology (IT) networks as part of its unfunded priorities that were not included in Cyber Command’s fiscal 2022 budget request. The cybersecurity request topped a list of four unfunded priorities totaling $93.4 million. 

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Space Force Named Lead Service for Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The Department of the Air Force has announced Rocket Cargo as the fourth Vanguard program and designated the U.S. Space Force as the lead service branch for Rocket Cargo Vanguard. AFRL will study the capability to land a rocket at remote sites and other nontraditional surfaces and near personnel and structures, among other research initiatives.

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SAIC to Acquire Halfaker and Associates; CEO Nazzic Keene, Baird’s Jean Stack Quoted

Nazzic Keene

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Halfaker and Associates, LLC, a leading federal health technology solutions provider, for approximately $250 million to grow the company’s digital transformation portfolio, SAIC announced on Thursday. SAIC and Halfaker’s solutions will strengthen the company’s robust digital transformation portfolio in areas such as DevSecOps, digital engineering, automation, and process improvement.

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Leidos Awarded Next-Phase USSOCOM Armed Overwatch Aircraft Prototype Program Contract; Gerry Fasano Quoted

Gerry Fasano

Leidos announced on Thursday that the company secured a contract in the next phase of the U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Armed Overwatch aircraft prototype program. The company’s team will include Paramount Group USA and Vertex Aerospace. The team will advance its new aircraft, referred to as Bronco II, to the Phase III Operational Prototype Demonstration fly-off.

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DOD Releases Memorandum on Responsible AI; Kathleen Hicks Quoted

Kathleen Hicks

The Department of Defense (DOD) has released a memorandum designed to promote the responsible use of artificial intelligence across the DOD. The memorandum lays out a governance structure, oversight approaches, warfighter trust-building and other efforts to implement responsible AI use in the department. The DOD must adopt an AI approach that is responsible, equitable, traceable, reliable and governable. 

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Accenture Federal Services to Acquire Novetta; John Goodman, Tiffanny Gates Quoted

John Goodman

Accenture Federal Services (AFS) announced on Tuesday that the company has entered into an agreement to acquire Novetta to expand its capabilities and push the limits in advanced artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, cloud capabilities and other emerging technologies vital to the federal landscape in order to help government agencies find solutions and complete their mission goals. 

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Maximus Acquires Veterans Evaluation Services; CEO Bruce Caswell Quoted

Bruce Caswell

Maximus announced on Tuesday the company has completed the acquisition of privately held Veterans Evaluation Services (VES). The agreement was previously announced in April 2021. This acquisition was the next step in Maximus’ long-term strategy and positions the company for the future. VES is a provider of Medical Disability Examinations (MDEs) for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

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