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Artemis launch delays impact military innovation.

Three Artemis rocket launches are now delayed, and the Space Launch Program is suffering billions in cost overruns. There’s more than a decade of delays… do NASA’s missteps negatively impact defense innovation?  Read more

Space Development Agency chief clears up a few details on transition.

Space Development Agency (SDA) Director Derek Tournear made it very clear that the SDA will continue to function as an independent agency with no substantive changes as it transfers into the Space Force. In particular, he stated that SDA will remain separate from the service’s major acquisition arm, Space Systems Command. Read more

USAF backs off on $5.7B contract award to CACI, after conflict of interest claims.

Protesters win! After three bidders alleged that CACI International benefited from conflicts of interest caused by its hiring of former USAF executives, USAF officials have backed off on their award of the Wave 1 of the Air Force Enterprise IT as a Service contract. Accenture, Peraton, and SAIC filed protests that CACI’s use of former AF personnel to work on the proposal gave the winner an unfair advantage. Read More 

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Machine learning to accelerate NGA mission advancement and key research. 

For the NGIA, text and written language are essential to the analysis of maps and images: a year-long study shows that text reading and generation make up as much as 80% of the NGA’s workforce’s workflow. Now, the agency wants to use machine learning-enabled natural language processing to speed up its mission advancement and research. Read more

Incident info sharing between FBI and operational cyber agencies is improving.

Governmentwide sharing of cybersecurity-related info is improving, according to the Principal Deputy National Cyber Director. Improvements kicked off since the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act’s signing, and hopes are high that information sharing – especially between private companies and the FBI – will continue to get better. Read more

Information threats and opportunities to DODs National Security mission.

As we move more into the information age from the industrial age, information and how it is handled will have a large impact on the DOD’s national security mission. GAO provided a report to illustrate and better inform Congress and DOD officials that describes DOD’s use and protection of the information environment through the six key elements that can enable or adversely affect DOD’s missions. Read more

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Can the VA hire enough nurses to keep up with attrition?

It’ll be tough to do…they need to hire 45k nurses over the next three years to keep up with attrition and growing demand for veteran care. It’s taking the VA 90-100 days to onboard candidates.  Read more

VA Secretary calls temporary halt to Oracle-Cerner EHR system deployment.

VA Secretary Denis McDonough has called a halt to the department’s Oracle-Cerner Electronic Health Records rollout until all patient safety risk issues are resolved. Read more

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Empower AI launches JV with Lentech, Inc. 

Empower AI has launched a new joint venture company and SBA mentor-protégé relationship with Lentech, Inc. The new company will be called Astralis Innovations, LLC, and under the agreement, Empower AI will support Lentech in the areas of technology, management and technical assistance, engineering, business development, strategic counsel, and general administration support. Read more

Deltek wraps up acquisition of TIP technologies.

Deltek has finalized its acquisition of TIP Technologies in a transaction to integrate quality management system and manufacturing execution system offerings into its portfolio of enterprise resource planning and manufacturing platforms for the GovCon industry. Read more


Navy seeks gamers after E-Sports hiccup.

Wanted: sailors who are gamers. Goats and Glory, the Navy’s e-sports team, is seeking sailors who are willing to play games on the job in front of a camera to help with its recruiting efforts. Read more

Western water scarcity: what’s causing it?

With droughts, bad water management policy, and global warming all playing a role, residents in some Western U.S. states are having to reduce their water use. With one study finding that just 14% of water use is for residential, commercial, or industrial use, who is using most of the water? Read more.

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