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Michael Brown Offers Update on Defense Innovation Unit’s Tech Projects

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), told Defense News in an interview published Monday about technology projects DIU plans to transition into service in the near term and those include work on predictive maintenance and time indications and warning. Brown discussed the organization’s efforts to improve its transition rate for tech projects. 

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FEMA Chief Pete Gaynor to Serve as Acting DHS Secretary

Pete Gaynor

Pete Gaynor, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will serve as acting secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He will succeed Chad Wolf, who announced his resignation Monday in a letter obtained by the publication. Gaynor told his staff he will take over as interim secretary of homeland security and serve in that capacity through Jan. 20th.

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OMB Urges Federal Agencies to Pay More Attention to Contract Type Selection

Office of Management

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a memo reminding agencies to practice caution when it comes to selecting the type of federal contracts they award. OMB Director Russell Vought wrote in the Jan. 5 memo that agencies should be vigilant when considering cost-reimbursement contracts for support beyond research and development work.

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Navy Department to Embrace Centralized Approach to Cloud Procurement; Travis Methvin Quoted

Travis Methvin

The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps will implement a centralized approach to buying cloud services under a new policy signed in December 2020 to gain more visibility into their commercial cloud spending. PEO Digital will establish new mechanisms to track DON’s commercial cloud consumption and Methvin said the program executive office will initially focus on the department’s fielding of Microsoft Azure cloud services.

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DARPA Looks to Build Compact Linear Electron Accelerator for Military Applications

Defense Advanced

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched an effort to develop a deployable linear accelerator designed to generate beams of high energy by accelerating electrons and sub-atomic particles on a straight line. However, the linear accelerators are “too large and heavy to be practical for military use in the field,” according to DARPA.

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Air Force Uses Cyber Training Environment to Develop Team-Based ‘Cyber Valhalla’ Exercise

Cyber Valhalla

The U.S. Air Force’s 341st Cyberspace Operations Squadron has deployed the Persistent Cyber Training Environment to help design an unclassified exercise to train airmen on offensive cyber operations. Officials have noted that the training an exercise team at the Cyber National Mission Force partnered with the Air Force to provide input on Cyber Valhalla. 

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CISA Reports Advanced Persistent Threat in Compromised Cloud Platforms

CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has discovered the occurrence of an advanced persistent threat in cloud environments after the event of a system compromise. CISA said Friday that it detected an APT actor that accessed cloud resources via compromised Microsoft 365 applications and additional credentials. Concerned network administrators may view CISA's alert report on the matter for more countermeasures and information regarding the APT threats.

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Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey: Army to Lead Government-Industry Test for Counter-Small UAS Tech

Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey

Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey, director of the Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office, (JCO) said the U.S. Army will conduct the first government-industry testing event for counter-sUAS technologies in April. The service's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office will host the testing alongside the U.S. Air Force, Gainey said Friday at a virtual event held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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DISA Begins Mission Analysis for Updated Strategic Plan; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Quoted

Vice Adm. Nancy Norton

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has launched a mission analysis effort to help further develop the recently released Version 2 of the agency's strategic plan for fiscal year 2019 through 2022. “This is about continuous improvement and shaping the DISA of the future,” noted Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of DISA.

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