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VA Issues RFI for Enterprise IT Strategic Planning Support Services

Supply Chain

The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking information on potential industry sources that could support the requirements of the enterprise strategic planning and governance directorate within VA’s office of information and technology. The enterprise strategic planning effort will have a three-year performance period, including two one-year options. Responses to the RFI are due March 3rd.

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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost: Air Mobility Command Eyes Conditions-Based Approach for KC-46 Operational Use

Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost

Gen, Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC), said AMC plans to adopt a conditions-based approach to increase operational use of the KC-46 Pegasus tanker manufactured by Boeing as the aircraft program reaches for full operational capability. Van Ovost said the command intends to certify mission sets on an incremental basis to increase tanker capacity to support Joint Force operational taskings.

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CIA Nominee William Burns Appears Before Senate Intelligence Committee for Confirmation Hearing

William Burns

William Burns, President Biden’s nominee to lead the CIA, said in his opening statement during his Senate confirmation hearing that politics should not interfere with intelligence work. Burns told lawmakers how he would deal with China if confirmed as CIA director. He cited the importance of “firmness and consistency” in responding to Russian aggression.

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Jamie Holcombe: USPTO Uses Machine Learning to Accelerate Patent Classification Process

Jamie Holcombe

Jamie Holcombe, chief information officer of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), said machine learning helps USPTO speed up the process of assigning patent applications to examiners. USPTO is tapping vendors to help perform patent classifications and compare them against the agency’s algorithms. Holcombe said allowing patent examiners to work with vendors allows the agency to further improve the algorithms.

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DOD to Finance Naval Postgraduate School for Research on Climate Response

Naval Postgraduate

The Department of Defense will award $2.4 million to Naval Postgraduate School for research on how the military can prepare for sudden climate events. The “Advancing Resilience Theory and Tools to Combat Environmental Surprise" project will tackle issues faced by military installations during climate change, natural disasters and other environmental events, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday.

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NASA Ready to Implement Final Design of Upcoming Lunar Rover; Sarah Noble Quoted

VIPER Rover

NASA has decided to move forward with the final design of a rover that would fly to the moon in 2023 in search of water and ice. The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) will enter the implementation phase of its final design, following the rover's completion of a preliminary design review in August last year. 

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Lookout Report: Phishing, Credential Theft Attacks Increased for Federal Agencies in 2020

Cyber Diplomacy

Information technology security company Lookout released a report stating that over 70 percent of phishing-based threats to agencies last year used tactics to obtain sensitive information through login credentials. The report also found that credential harvesting techniques significantly increased for federal agencies compared to state and local entities. Credential theft tactics that impacted federal agencies rose by 90 percent.

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Gen. Charles Brown on Addressing Air Force Readiness, Program Funding

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles Brown, chief of staff at the U.S. Air Force, has said he intends to establish a “force presentation model” to visualize the service branch's long-term readiness projections. Brown said at a virtual Air Force Association symposium that the model is also meant to provide insight into the impact of deployments in modernization efforts.

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Kathleen Hicks Directs Analysis of Defense Programs in Trump’s FY 2022 Budget

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, is directing the Pentagon to reassess the Trump administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2022. Hicks told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Trump administration's FY22 blueprint includes items that “require further analysis to validate the numbers."

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Akima Company Receives ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 Certification; Barry Smallwood Quoted

Barry Smallwood

Cloud Lake Technology, a subsidiary of Akima, announced on Thursday that the company has received its ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 certification, which certifies the company’s best-in-class approach for delivering complex  IT service management to customers. This ISO/IEC certification further demonstrates the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and delivering high quality of  service to customers efficiently and effectively.  

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