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DHS Taps Morcom International to Develop Tracker for Hazardous Objects at Sea;

DHS

Morcom International has received a $153,000 award to develop a sea pollution tracking technology for the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate. The existing TUNA technology offers reusable batteries, GPS-based tracking and automatic identification, and is designed to function in saltwater environments. DHS said Wednesday it issued the award under phase one of the Silicon Valley Innovation Program's Maritime Object Tracking Technology solicitation.

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Navy Inspection Board Reports Degradation in Surface Ships

U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy found through inspections that its fleet of surface ships is experiencing degradation across multiple aspects. The Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) discovered that ships are degrading in areas including electrical, damage-control, anti-submarine warfare and propulsion systems. INSURV also found that the Navy's submarines exhibited more signs of degradation in 2020 compared to the past five years. 

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StateRAMP to Open Membership Registration for Cloud Security Vetting Initiative in April

Cloud Computing

Not-for-profit-organization StateRAMP will begin membership registrations for its program aimed at helping vendors and agencies comply with cloud security standards (CSP) next month, GCN reported Tuesday. CSPs must undergo a readiness assessment to validate security controls and determine their potential to pass full FedRAMP assessments within a two to four-week period.

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CISA’s Jay Gazlay: Gov’t Must Update Identity Management Standards for Cloud Operations

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Jay Gazlay, technical strategist at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has said the government must establish an updated guidance on identity management following the SolarWinds large-scale data breach. Devices in general must have in place basic configurations such as those offered by Microsoft for authentication and email traffic monitoring, according to Gazlay.

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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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Jacobs Secures DSRL Contract to Lead Nuclear Waste Cleanup; Clive White Quoted

Jacobs

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) has awarded Jacobs a six and a half year, $10.4 million contract to lead the integrated design management team for one of the world’s deepest nuclear clean-up operations, the company reported on Thursday. Jacobs has also been tasked with leading design integration to enable construction activities at Dounreay to begin.

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AECOM JV Finishes Wastewater Treatment Plant Build

AECOM

AECOM-Graham Construction joint venture (JV) has completed the design-build work on the first wastewater treatment plant in Victoria, British Columbia, AECOM reported on Thursday. The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant will deliver tertiary treatment for wastewater from the core area municipalities. “We’re honored to support the Capital Regional District,” said Marc Devlin.

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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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Robert Cardillo Joins USGIF Board of Directors to Serve as Chair

Robert Cardillo

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has elected Robert Cardillo, president of The Cardillo Group and four-time Wash100 Award recipient, to serve as chair of the USGIF Board of Directors. The Cardillo Group delivers strategic and operational expertise to drive awareness and enable improved decision-making. Earlier this year, Cardillo, as well as Deborah Lee James, was also appointed to Firefly Aerospace’s Board of Directors.

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Acting CBP CIO Sonny Bhagowalia Appointed to Full-Time Role

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, who recently served as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) acting chief information officer, has been appointed to take up the role on a full-time basis. Bhagowalia held the CIO role at the Interior and Treasury departments, Hawaii's state government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, making his new CBP job his fifth time as a government CIO.

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