QUICK HITS
  • Quantum Cybercomputing bill advances: Bill will require OMB to prioritize federal agencies’ acquisition of and migration to IT systems with post-quantum cryptography, among other things.
  • Agencies slow to adopt disruptive and transformative technologies: Tell me something I don’t know already, annual Deloitte report.
  • Pentagon AI Chief: Organizations need to understand data better: Craig Martell offers insights about where DOD will be going with AI in the next few months.
  • COFC: Agencies don’t have unlimited discretion to cancel solicitations: COFC decision comes in response to Army award protest.

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

Project Overmatch: Navy preps to deploy secretive technology in 2023.

Kept from public view for nearly two years as the Navy’s part of the JADCC effort to reliably connect land, air, sea, space, and cyberspace forces, Project Overmatch should be deployed to a carrier strike group in 2023, as service officials and contractors work furiously.  Read more

Navy sets up Innovation Center focused on science and technology.

Facing potential adversaries that are often times smaller and more quick to adapt, Navy officials have launched an Innovation Center and advisory board to help the service better test and field science and technology ahead of antagonists for long-term success. The initiative is based out of the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif. Read more

USAF tackles its PC problems one PC at a time.

Air Force officials are reporting improvements in PC user experience during the last year. The service’s digital user experience tool, which helps leadership better understand the rank-and-file experience, is deployed to 1% of total users on 65 bases, and the service is increasing the number to 5% of users on about 100 bases, with a growth in OCONUS users. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • The DOD Space Development Agency has issued a broad agency announcement for technologies and emerging capabilities.
  • After a five-year contracting odyssey leading to last week’s contract awards, Joint Warfighting Cloud Computing officials plan to accept task orders in about 10 days.
  • NASA’s historical uncrewed Artemis I mission ends with Orion splashdown.

Defense Contract Awards

  • Carahsoft won a DOD enterprise software initiative BPA.
  • Riverside Research won a five-year, $49.5M AFRL contract
  • A giant list of companies all won $900M IDIQ contracts for the development of innovative approaches that bring multi-domain systems capabilities, an USAF contract.
  • SAIC won a $350M Navy contract for INSEA functions for afloat and ashore tactical networks.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

NDAA requires intelligence agencies to study creation of cyber collaboration program.

Under the NDAA for FY23, key federal agencies in charge of intelligence and cybersecurity will be required to study the creation of a new cyber information collaboration environment to enable government and industry to better mitigate malicious cyber activity by April 30, 2023. Read more

NCSC Director Orlando addresses current threat landscape.

If you’re interested in learning about the current threat landscape, including nation-state targeting of U.S. emerging technology sectors, watch “Espionage Redefined,” a keynote address by Michael J. Orlando, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, at the Cypher Brief Threat Conference.

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CIVILIAN

VA goes on an employee shopping spree in Silicon Valley.

VA’s sexy new Club Fed: a new, special federal IT worker pay scale, remote work, and the opportunity to turn around a troubled Oracle Cerner deployment, more than two years into its genesis. VA is in the midst of hiring 1,000 more workers for its Office of Information and Technology, with a focus on software development, project management, and cybersecurity. Read more

DHS urged to improve customer experience: Can’t y’all just be more approachable, please?

Whether interacting with the public at airport security screenings or while processing immigration benefits, DHS can improve its customer experiences through the use of more flexible staffing models and the use of digital technology, according to a report from the Homeland Security Advisory Council. The report reflects a White House CX priority for federal agencies. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • USA gets 1 million more naturalized citizens in FY22, thanks to USCIS finally getting through its backlog. They’ve reported a 62% reduction in its backlog of naturalization applications.
  • GAO Innovation Lab is developing distributed ledger technology, conducting and recording transfers of digital assets without a central authority, for grant tracking.
  • Sam.gov is looking for site usability testers. Sign up here.

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M&A CORNER

DLH acquires federal IT services contractor GRSi.

DLH Holdings has purchased Grove Resource Solutions Inc., a federal IT services contractor, for $185 million. The acquisition expands the company’s cybersecurity and modernization capabilities. Read more

RTS Ventures invests in EpiSci.

RTS Ventures, Raytheon Technologies’ venture capital arm, has made a minority investment in autonomous solutions company EpiSci, as Raytheon tries to assert itself in rapidly deployable, hardware-agnostic, AI technology. Read more

Booz Allen and C3 AI announce strategic partnership.

With a focus on helping federal agencies meet their most complex enterprise AI needs, Booz Allen Hamilton and C3 AI announced a strategic partnership. Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

Tomorrow’s ‘Top Guns’ will have uncrewed jets flying in the formation.

The Air Force’s vision for its sixth-generation fighting force is more likely to have ace, Maverick-like pilots accompanied by a few less-expensive drones or uncrewed aircraft equipped with a variety of sensors through its Next Generation Air Dominance initiative.  Read more

One probably doesn’t need to read a 99-page DOJ IG report to figure this one out.

After then 89-year old Boston mobster and FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger was found, murdered, within 24 hours of his transfer to a Federal Bureau of Prisons Facility in West Virginia, something smelled fishy. A DOJ IG report found that more than 100 BOP personnel knew about the transfer before it took place. Read more

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