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  • Check out this great National Security and Defense Market Map. Visual tools are helpful!
  • Agencies are on the hook to increase ‘operations security’ training, education to help reduce the risk of exposing sensitive, unclassified info.
  • HHS Chief Data Officer: feds face outsized barriers in data sharing: Ipiotis cites a need for major cultural change“The biggest issue of all is the feeling of risk.”
  • New law requires FAR changes on OCIs: This expert gives his 2 cents on recent GAO bid protest decisions challenging awards based on OCIs.

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

Army using synthetic training with good results.

The Army is using synthetic training, an emerging technology, to simulate real-world scenarios and train soldiers in the skills they need to be effective when a crisis occurs and helps determine operational capabilities. “He or she who can…see and sense the quickest, they can get that data and they can either do tactical edge computing to help speed decision making, or whoever can disseminate it back as quickly as possible – is going to win.” Tactical edge, indeed. Read more

DOD pursuing next-gen virtual training for fighter pilots.

What would Maverick say? The DIU, DOD’s Silicon Valley-based initiative, is seeking advanced flight-training capabilities that use emerging technologies like extended reality to teach the next generation of fighter pilots in synthetic environments. Read more | Check out the RFI

Army issues RFI for Unified Network Operations.

The Army is seeking to build a modular, software-intensive architecture to simplify its battlefield information technology with vendor assistance through a multi-award, multi-year procurement this fall. Read more

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Defense Contract Awards

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  • Raytheon appoints aerospace and defense industry leader to board of directors.

Defense Job Openings

  • The Army needs a Program Manager (Senior Strength Maintenance).
  • The Air Force needs a Director, Acquisition and Technology Directorate.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

FBI releases SIAS RFI.

The FBI has posted an RFI for its Solutions for Intelligence Analysis Services (SIAS) requirement, for which submissions are due Jan. 26th. The FBI is requesting information on the current market capabilities of intelligence analyst and intelligence analyst subject matter expert providers. Read more

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CIVILIAN

VA issues draft RFP for potential $60.7B contract for IT products, services.

Comments about the draft RFP for Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation 2 are due Jan. 20. With a basic, five-year ordering period, the procurement includes systems and software engineering, program management, enterprise architecture and planning, operations and maintenance and independent verification and validation support. Read more

Let the games begin: USA will host global cybersecurity competition.

The United States will host the 2023 International Cybersecurity Championship and Conference (IC3) — combining the International Cybersecurity Challenge (ICC) with an industry conference and hands-on expo, this inaugural event will bring together business, education, and government, and showcase top cybersecurity talent worldwide. Read more

Lawmaker asks CISA to investigate air travel cyber risks following FAA system outage.Following the FAA system outage last week, one lawmaker wrote a letter to the director of the CISA calling on the nation’s cyber defense agency and DOT to launch a joint review of the potential cyber vulnerabilities impacting systems supporting national air travel, including Notice to Air Missions and Air Traffic Control. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • Questions, comments on GSA Aliant 3 draft RFP now due Jan. 31.
  • Grants QSMO shifts latest attempts to modernize systems into high gear.
  • Reduction in electronic health record inbox notifications at VHA not enough to cut clinician burnout.

Civilian Contracts Awards

  • NASA awards TBP&JJ Worldwide Services 8(a) contract to support Armstrong Flight Research Center.

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M&A CORNER

Blue Delta Capital Partners invests in Core One.

Blue Delta Capital Partners, a growth equity firm focused on the federal government services market, has invested in Core One, a national security services contractor. Blue Delta has made minority investments in 21 companies, ten of which have been acquired. Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

How to leverage FITARA scorecards to drive your customer’s modernization efforts.

Since they were initiated in 2015, FITARA scorecards can be helpful not only to agency executives as they work toward IT modernization, but also contractors. By outlining clear steps and priorities, the scorecards enable measurable advancements in areas such as CIO authority, cybersecurity, IT modernization. From the initial FITARA hearing in November 2015 through December 2021, agencies receiving higher than a “C” grade increased from 29% to 100%. Read more

OTAs are A-Okay!

The DOD is using OTs for greater speed and flexibility, so they can acquire innovative technologies. How much do you know about OTAs? If you do business in with DOD, you should probably read up about them. OTs are a valuable contracting strategy for DoD to do business with a broader range of innovative companies including small businesses and startups. Small businesses that lack the resources and desire to establish certified cost and accounting systems, extensive bid and proposal preparation, long timelines to award, and endless compliance requirements.  Read more

What, what? We’re banning gas stoves now?

Despite what some commissioners may have suggested, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has no plans to ban gas stoves. “Research indicates that emissions from gas stoves can be hazardous, and the CPSC is looking for ways to reduce related indoor air quality hazards,” he said. “But to be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so.” Also, the WH doesn’t support banning stoves. So what’s all the hullabaloo all about? (Also: There’s a federal rebate of up to $840 to switch from gas to electric.) Read more

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