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Will Roper: Prime Contractors Acquiring Smaller Companies Limit Industrial Base

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and three-time Wash100 Award recipient, said prime contractors' acquisition of middle-tier companies has shrunk the industrial base. The Department of Defense (DoD) now sees the industrial base as more generalized than specialized, as major contractors secure awards for almost every program.

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GSA Intends to Leverage Digital Assets to Increase Operating Efficiency; David Shive Quoted

David Shive

The General Services Administration (GSA) will integrate its digital assets and tools it has created to ensure the agency operates as efficiently as possible by reengineering agency business processes. David Shive, chief information officer of GSA, said that the agency will work to become a “true, end-to-end digital entity.” GSA will continually improve systems and services throughout the acquisition life cycle to improve efficiency. 

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Aaron Weis Discusses U.S. Navy IT Modernization Priorities for 2021

Aaron Weis

Throughout the year, the U.S. Navy has expedited IT projects, including expanding bandwidth, building new sites for its virtual private networks and shifting to telework. Aaron Weis, U.S. Navy chief information officer and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently stated that the service branch should not revert to IT practices that the Navy used before COVID-19. 

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NSA Releases Report on 2020 Cybersecurity Initiatives; Anne Neuberger Quoted

Anne Neuberger

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued its 2020 Cybersecurity Report that details progress on the agency's initiatives focused on integrating threat intelligence, cryptographic knowledge, vulnerability analysis, defensive operations and technical expertise. According to the report, NSA was able to help the Department of Defense (DoD) modernize encryption procedures and mitigate attacks resulting from quantum systems and “adversarial computational advances”.

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Maria Roat on Upcoming Federal Data Strategy 2021 Action Plan

Maria Roat

Maria Roat, deputy federal chief information office and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the 2021 Action Plan of the Federal Data Strategy is expected to put emphasis on efforts to advance data skills training, mature data management and strengthen cross-agency collaboration. Roat said agencies will continue efforts to mature data governance in 2021. 

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Gen. John Murray: Army Futures Command Engages With Austin Area for Tech Pursuits

Gen. John Murray

Gen. John Murray, commanding general of U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said he sees Austin, Texas, as a potential technology hub for AFC's software development programs. Murray and Craig Enoch, board chair at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, spoke virtually on Dec. 17 to discuss the AFC’s pursuits, 

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Leidos Accelerating Transition of $7.7B Navy NGEN Recompete Contract; Gerry Fasano Quoted

Gerry Fasano

Leidos will be accelerating its transition to modernize its enterprise network through the $7.7 billion Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) Recompete contract from the Department of the Navy that the company won back in Feb. 2020. “We actually briefed the Navy on Friday and they accepted the recommendation that will allow us to maintain and accelerate the transition,” said Gerry Fasano

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St. Louis-Based NGA Accelerator to Be Launched in March 2021

National Geospatial

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced on Monday that a new tech accelerator is being launched to help commercial startups develop new geospatial technologies in St. Louis, Missouri. Eight companies will be selected to participate during the NGA Accelerator’s inaugural 13-week program that is set to launch next year in late-March 2021. 

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Former Gov’t Cyber Officials Discuss Possible Outcomes If Adversaries Get Into DoD Networks; Jan Tighe Quoted

Cyber Attacks

Although the Department of Defense (DoD) reported that there has been no sign of breach to date linked to a cyber vulnerability involving SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management products, former cybersecurity officials at the government discussed several scenarios that could occur as a result of hackers making their way into DoD’s computer networks. 

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L3Harris Wins $496M U.S. Navy Contract to Deliver Prototype Tactical Jamming Pods; James Geurts Quoted

James Geurts

L3Harris Technologies has been awarded a five-year, $496 million contract by the U.S. Navy to deliver prototype tactical jamming pods. L3Harris’ pods will  be designed to extend U.S. Air superiority. “The efforts by all those involved enabled the Navy to move forward in a rapid manner to bring this new critical capability to bear for our war fighters, saving years in operational development,” said James Geurts.

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