Tag Archives: COTS

DoD Inspector General Looks at Department’s Commercial IT Product Security

The Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General conducted an audit to verify whether DoD assesses cybersecurity risks in commercial off-the-shelf information technology products. The audit found that DoD employs COTS IT products that hold commonly known cyber vulnerabilities due to lack of associated policy, strategy and product standards, DoD IG said in a report publicly released Tuesday.

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Army Launching Efforts to Modify Commercial AI Tech for Military Use

The U.S. Army is working to apply and modify commercially available artificial intelligence technology to better suit military applications, Federal News Network reported Thursday. Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, commander of the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, said the service branch seeks to develop AI capabilities that run on human-machine teaming technology for logistics and sustainment, situational awareness and adversary behavior analysis.

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DoD, GSA, NASA Propose Rule to Include Ombudsman’s Information in Multiple-Award IDIQs

The Defense DepartmentNASA and the General Services Administration have introduced a rule that seeks to require agencies to include in solicitations for multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite–quantity contracts the ombudsman’s contact information. The agencies proposed the regulation as an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation in an effort to establish a "standardized way to provide the necessary information to contractors with a single contract clause for use by all agencies," according to a Federal Register notice posted Thursday.

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Alan Chvotkin: PSC Backs E-Procurement Portal Implementation Approach

Alan Chvotkin, an executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, has said PSC supports transparency and adoption of a phased-in approach in the federal government’s implementation of e-commerce portals for procurement processes. Chvotkin joined industry representatives and General Services Administration officials at a public meeting Tuesday to …

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DARPA Program Aims to Secure COTS Components for Military Platforms

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has introduced a program that seeks to address security risks from commodity off-the-shelf devices and increase the security of network-connected systems. DARPA said Tuesday it aims to create a system that can automatically deploy, generate and secure configurations of military components and subsystems through the agency’s …

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Report: Rep. Mac Thornberry’s Bill Would Require DoD to Use Commercial Marketplaces for COTS Purchases

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has introduced a bill that seeks to encourage the Defense Department to use e-commerce marketplaces to procure commercial-off-the-shelf products as part of efforts to reform DoD’s acquisition process, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. The bill released Thursday would direct DoD …

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