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DynCorp International Earns FAA Diamond Awards

DynCorp International

DynCorp International (DI) has earned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence in three programs: CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service Firewatch program and U.S. Air Force at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington program. The awards have recognized the company’s commitment to aviation maintenance training. 

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Will Roper Joins Pallas Advisors as Senior Counselor; Tony DeMartino Quoted

Dr. Will Roper

Pallas Advisors has appointed Dr. Will Roper, former assistant secretary of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics with the U.S. Air Force and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as a senior counselor. During his tenure as SCO director, Roper served on the Department’s 2018 National Defense Strategy Steering Group, Cloud Executive Steering Group and Defense Modernization Team.

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Lumen Technologies Names Nick Andersen as Public Sector CISO

Lumen Technologies

Lumen Technologies has appointed Nick Andersen  as chief information security officer (CISO) for the public sector, where he will work to ensure the company’s cybersecurity and IT products meet the federal government’s security requirements and risk management standards. Andersen will report to Zain Ahmed, regional VP for Lumen’s federal business. 

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NASA to Address Hot Fire Test of Rocket for Artemis Moon Missions

Space Launch System

NASA will host a media teleconference to discuss the hot fire test in the Green Run testing series for the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the agency’s Artemis I mission. The test will occur at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. In the first test, the agency ignited all four RS-25 engines successfully. 

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DOD Testing & Evaluation Assesses Cyber Posture of Joint Regional Security Stack

NIST Cybersecurity

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) office of the director of operational test and evaluation office and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) carried out a cyber event in Feb. 2020 to assess the cybersecurity posture of the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET) Joint Regional Security Stack (JRSS) and two other SIPRNET joint systems and reported poor cybersecurity findings after conducting the event.

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Thomas Beach on Commerce Dept’s Focus on Deliverables in Data Efforts

Thomas Beach

Thomas Beach, interim chief data officer at the Department of Commerce (DOC), told Nextgov in an interview published Tuesday about the establishment of the Commerce Data Governance Board (CDGB) and how the department transitioned from focusing on governance to actualizing deliverables. Beach discussed how Commerce made the shift from “first gear to third gear” when it comes to its data efforts.

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Sens. Jack Reed, Jim Inhofe Announce Senate Armed Services Committee Subpanel Assignments

Capitol Hill

Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., ranking member of the Senate panel, have announced the leaders and members of seven SASC subcommittees for the 117th Congress. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., will chair the 12-member subcommittee on airland responsible for Army and Air Force planning and operations policy and programs.

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GSA’s Katy Kale, Sonny Hashmi on Current Admin’s Priorities, FedRAMP, CMMC Programs

Katy Kale

Katy Kale, acting administrator of the General Services Administration and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, and Sonny Hashmi, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service and fellow 2021 Wash100 Award winner, talked about the current administration’s four priorities and the future of ongoing programs. “And, as it turns out, FAS has an incredibly integral role to play in all four of them,” Hashmi said. 

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Derek Tournear: SDA Prioritizes Space Tech Delivery to Warfighters

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA) and a first-time winner of the 2021 Wash100 Award, said that SDA has embraced innovative approaches to help the military build and field technologies for the space domain. ournear added the agency plans to apply an incremental method to updating algorithms or autonomous platforms.

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USAF’s Brig. Gens. Steven Behmer, Jason Lindsey to Lead F-35 Integration, Presidential Airlift

U.S. Air Force

Brig. Gens. Steven Behmer and Jason Lindsey will receive the assignment to become the U.S. Air Force's director of F-35 integration and program executive officer for presidential and executive airlift, respectively. Behmer, who currently leads Air Combat Command's 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, will transfer to USAF's headquarters in Washington, D.C., for his new role. 

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