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GAO: DOD Must Work on Including Weapons Cybersecurity Requirements in Contracts

Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the Department of Defense (DOD) must issue guidance on how to incorporate cybersecurity requirements for weapon systems into contracts. The watchdog noted that a DOD official has reported a need for the department to standardize its requirements for cybersecurity and improve how it communicates such requirements.

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Thomas Wingfield, DoD Cyber Official, Discusses Cyber, information Integration

Thomas Wingfield

Thomas Wingfield, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy in the Trump administration, said that the Department of Defense (DoD) should work to align cyberspace and emerging operations within the larger information environment. “If cyber as a domain is in its adolescence, then information is surely in its infancy,” Wingfield said. 

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Colin Kahl, DoD Undersecretary for Policy, Pushes Network Resiliency

Colin Kahl

Colin Kahl, the Biden administration’s nominee to serve as the Department of Defense’s (DoD) undersecretary for policy, said that he would drive network resiliency to combat the increase in cyberattacks during his confirmation hearing. Kahl added that DoD has to be able to quickly repair and harden vulnerabilities in its networks. 

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DARPA STITCHES Program to Deliver Data Sharing Capabilities for JADC2; Tim Grayson Quoted

Defense Advanced

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) System-of-systems Technology Integration Tool Chain for Heterogeneous Electronic Systems (STITCHES) program has been developed to create networks via self-writing software to deliver broad support to the military services. “We are getting tremendous pull and demand for it,” Tim Grayson, director of the Strategic Technology Office at DARPA said. 

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Dr. Mark Esper Joins McCain Institute as John S. McCain Distinguished Fellow

Dr. Mark Esper

The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University has named Dr. Mark Esper, former Secretary of Defense and three-time Wash100 Award recipient, as its inaugural John S. McCain Distinguished Fellow to lead a bipartisan team to assess, discuss and promote policy solutions to the challenges facing U.S. national security decision-makers in the Executive Branch and Congress.

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USAF Space Command Releases RFI to Drive 5G Wireless Connectivity in Space

5G Wireless Connectivity

The U.S. Air Force’s Space Command has issued a request for information (RFI) for space 5G to improve data transportation for ground and space-based communications. With the space-based transport layers of the next-generation network, the military has the potential to expand its ability to move data, communicate and support enterprise networks with more bandwidth. 

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Gen. Mark Milley: Universal Data Standards Key to Joint Warfighting

Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that he plans to implement foundational data standards and pitch his concept for joint warfighting that leverages networked forces. A joint system that builds on common standards across the services branches must be in place by the end of the year, he said.

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Dr. Will Roper, Former USAF Executive, Joins Volansi Board of Directors

Dr. Will Roper

Volansi has appointed Dr. Will Roper, the former assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, to its Board of Directors, where he will help drive the company’s strategy, operations and growth in defense markets. “Dr. Will Roper joins Volansi’s board with a reputation as a transformative, forward-looking leader,” said Volansi CEO and co-Founder Hannan Parvizian

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GAO Adds Small Business Emergency Loans, Drug Misuse to High-Risk List

Drug Misuse

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has added national initiatives to respond to, recover from and prevent drug misuse and emergency loans for small businesses to its “high-risk list” or areas in federal operations that require major reforms to reduce waste and address fraud, mismanagement and abuse. The addition of the two new areas to the 2021 list brings the total number of high-risk areas to 36. 

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Defense Innovation Unit Transitioned 11 Commercial Prototypes in 2020

Defense Innovation Unit

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) said in its annual report that it launched 23 new projects in 2020, which reflects a year-over-year increase of 35 percent, and transitioned 11 prototypes to Department of Defense partners for large-scale procurement. DIU received 944 commercial proposals and awarded 56 prototype other transaction agreements to companies in 2020, bringing the total number of prototype OTAs issued to 208.

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