Tag Archives: defense industrial base

Pentagon Seeks Input on Barriers Facing Small Businesses


The Department of Defense has released a notice in the Federal Register asking small businesses to share insights on the barriers they face in contracting with DOD. The Pentagon will use industry feedback to inform the development of its small business strategy and seek ways how to utilize small companies’ capabilities to further build up domestic supply chains, improve competition and advance equity and inclusion in the department’s procurement efforts.

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NSA & CISA Jointly Provide Guidance on Kubernetes Security

Kubernetes Hardening

The National Security Agency (NSA) partnered with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to provide guidance on Kubernetes, an open-source automation system used for containerized applications. The agencies' Kubernetes Hardening Guidance report tackles threats to Kubernetes and offers risk reduction practices, NSA said Tuesday.

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Michael Weiskopff: DOD Helps Defense Industrial Base Identify Cybersecurity Gaps

Password Management

Michael Weiskopff, a division chief at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), said that DC3's Defense Industrial Base Collaborative Information Sharing Environment (DCISE) offers some services intended to help industry partners identify and assess cybersecurity vulnerabilities. He noted that the DCISE group uses cyber resilience analysis and threat scoring services to assist companies in addressing security gaps.

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Executive Order Calls for Agencies to Implement Pro-Competitive Regulations to Procurement, Spending

White House

President Joe Biden signed Friday an executive order that directs federal agencies to adopt pro-competitive approaches and regulations to spending and procurement and revoke “regulations that create unnecessary barriers to entry” to address monopolization, overconcentration and unfair competition in the U.S. economy, Government Executive reported Monday.

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NSA Addresses Operational Technology Security in New Cyber Advisory

National Security

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a cybersecurity advisory outlining ways on how the Department of Defense (DOD), National Security System (NSS) and defense industrial base network owners ensure the security of connected operational technology. The document calls on NSS, DOD and DIB system operators and owners to assess the value against costs and risks for enterprise information technology to OT connectivity.

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Mark Montgomery: Cyber Intell Sharing Requirements for Defense Suppliers May ‘Kick Into Effect’

Mark Montgomery

Mark Montgomery, executive director of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), said he believes the Department of Defense (DOD) is likely to act on the commission’s recommendations to make cyber threat hunting and intelligence sharing capabilities compulsory for the defense industrial base in compliance with a provision in the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.

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AFVentures Reports $710M in Contracts Awarded Via Open Topic Program; Maj. Jason Rathje Quoted

Maj. Jason Rathje

The Department of the Air Force’s commercial investment group AFVentures has issued its annual report for fiscal year 2020 stating that it has awarded $710 million in contracts to over 1,400 small businesses using the Open Topic program since its formation in 2018. Maj. Jason Rathje, director of AFVentures, said the report seeks to reflect the program’s return on investment for the Air Force and Space Force.

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Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble: Army Funneling $800M for Organic Industrial Base Modernization

Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble

Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy chief of staff, G-4, at the U.S. Army, said the service branch is investing $800 million to update its arsenals, ammunition plants and depots. He noted that the service has executed workforce rejuvenation efforts and is looking into establishing a nitric acid complex within the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Tennessee. 

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SPA Designated a RPO with CMMC-AB; William Vantine Quoted

Dr. William Vantine

Systems Planning and Analysis (SPA) has been designated a Registered Provider Organization (RPO) with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB). “SPA’s Registered Practitioners prepared SPA for a successful CMMC assessment, and we are now certified and ready to assist industry partners in this important security effort,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA president and CEO. 

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Farooq Mitha Sworn In as Small Business Programs Director at DOD Industrial Policy Office

Farooq Mitha

Farooq Mitha, president and CEO of Imbue Group, has taken oath as director of small business programs at the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, the Department of Defense (DOD) said Monday. Prior to DOD, Mitha served as a partner at law firm Geller Mitha.

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