QUICK HITS

  • SBs are getting a portal that hooks them up with potential clients: DOD Small Business is launching an updated web portal that would directly link small businesses to potential buyers.
  • Fed procurement reform is coming — here’s what you should know: Collaboration between private, public sectors will clarify how best to modernize govt. systems, minimize disruptions.
  • IT leaders see ‘critical moment’ in securing systems from fraud: Federal IT leaders look across agencies to fight fraud in public programs.
  • What execs need to know before they hop on LinkedIn: LinkedIn has some pretty cool ‘powers‘ contractors can wield to build their business.
  • $6 billion USAID SWIFT 6 Draft RFP is released: The contract will have 8 awards in its unrestricted full-and-open portion, with at least one small business reserve contract. (SAM notice here)

TRIVIA

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

What’s keeping China from giving lethal aid to Russia?

Probably the massive consequences for doing so, according to the Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary. The US has not yet seen China giving lethal aid to Russia in its illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, but the Chinese also haven’t taken that aid off the table… yet. Read more

WH advisory group to explore DOD’s use of commercial space.

The National Space Council’s new Users Advisory Group met for the first time with its national security subcommittee focusing largely on how the Pentagon can better take advantage of the booming commercial space sector. Read more

Are you an info warfare guru? You may soon be boarding a submarine.

Pilot projects launched last year to see how info warfare gurus could enhance submarine operations are yielding long-term plans. There are talks “to invest full-time, probably, in at least two cryptologic technicians to be onboard”, according to the commander of Naval Information Forces. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

Defense Contract Awards

  • Lockheed was awarded $170M supporting the Joint Strike Fighter Program.
  • GovCIO subsidiary books $99M navy submarine broadcast tech engineering IDIQ.
  • Group W Inc. gets a $12M WHO contract for information management and analysis.

Follow the Defense Leaders

  • The Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee welcomes two new members.
  • Retired two-star general appointed to Sigma Defense Systems advisory board.
  • Accenture’s federal group names a new group leader.
  • SAIC promoted a senior Opps manager to be Senior VP of its Army business unit.

Defense Job Openings

INTEL COMMUNITY

Heads up, contractors! FBI’s ITSSS-2 award phase is fast approaching.

The FBI has informed vendors it can now take over responsibility for the execution of the award phase for its follow-on Information Technology Supplies and Support Services blanket purchase agreement, as a result of increased bureau procurement staffing and experience. Read more

CIA’s AI director says AI is a critical national security issue.

The director says the CIA is hard at work on addressing and incorporating AI into its daily practices, but reiterated the private sector’s obligation to partner with the government — specifically the IC — to assist the country in reaching its goals and readying for confrontation with its competitors. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

CIVILIAN

GAO’s new contract vehicle will cross procurement’s “valley of death”.

The GAO is continuing its market research for a potential new multi-award IDIQ contract vehicle centered on a research and development funding program. The vehicle means to make innovative tools available for governmentwide acquisition and help technology funded by federal research bridge the gap between prototype and production –  what’s known in procurement circles as the “valley of death.” Read more

VA’s EHR functionality issues are affecting other medical centers.

According to a VA official, it’s possible there will be additional delays in the rollout of its Oracle Cerner EHR platform due to concerns regarding how it interacts with other medical research systems. Read more

Big bucks this way  → VA posts draft scorecard, eval criteria for $5B IDIQ.

In the VA Enterprise Supply Chain Modernization IDIQ, the agency has released some draft documents to help you prepare your submission. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

Civilian Contracts Awards

  • Peraton snags $399M NOAA contract supporting the Joint Polar Satellite System.
  • CMS re-signs Serco for $690M insurance eligibility support contract.
  • HHS awards EAGLES a $2M, five-year DITAP training program IDIQ.

Follow Civilian Leaders

Civilian Job Openings

M&A CORNER

Booz Allen invests in Hidden Level Inc.

Booz Allen announced that its corporate venture capital arm, Booz Allen Ventures, LLC, has made a strategic investment in Hidden Level, Inc., a developer of passive sensing technology of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), such as drones, for high-interference environments. Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

 

What’re the Pros and Cons of Digital Workers?

With the rapid emergence of AI and spillover from Hollywood special effects, digital humans are entering the workforce. They’re sales assistants that never sleep, multilingual presenters and trainers, and social media influencers who always stay on-brand. So what’re their biggest pros and cons? Read more

Why does it seem like the CIA can’t stop searching for spies in its ranks?

Ever heard of Kim Philby? He was a Soviet spy — the most significant Soviet spy to work in and with British and US intelligence agencies, in fact, during the entire 20th century. 60 years after Philby rocked the world when he fled to Moscow to reveal that he was a longtime Soviet spy, the “mole hunt virus” that he left is still flowing in the CIA’s veins. Read more

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. $46.6 billion in total military aid
Total amounts of aid we have given Ukraine in the past year include:
  • $3.9 billion in humanitarian aid
  • $26.4 billion in financial aid
  • $18.3 billion in security assistance (counted in military aid total)
  • $23.5 billion in weapons and equipment (counted in military aid total)
  • $4.7 billion in grants and loans for weapons and equipment (counted in military aid total)
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