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DHS cybersecurity hiring initiative results in a trickle of new workers

A much ballyhooed hiring DHS cybersecurity hiring initaitive has resulted in only four new hires since 2021, Despite the underwhelming performance, DHS officials hope to make 150 offers to candidates by the end of September. Cybersecurity Talent Management System officials have focused on higher pay, a streamlined application process, and aptitude over credentials to woo candidates,  .
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USPS plans to close hundreds of post offices, facilities in consolidation initiative.

USPS officials have listed more than 200 post offices and othe facilities, starting this year, as it seeks to consolidate operations into large facilities, FCW reports. Through this initiative, more letter carriers would travel longer distances to pick up their daily mail loads to deliver.
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Top Defense & Aerospace

Move over, China and Russia: a main threat to DOD is heat.

Extreme heat has emerged as a major threat to DOD operations, according to a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which notes that since the 1980s, the number of extreme heat deays has tripled. 
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ATEA PO is looking for feedback on a $499M IDIQ to build an anti-tampering system.

DOD Anti-Tamper Executive Agent Program Office (ATEA PO) is looking for some feedback on a 10-year, $499M contract to design, build and test anti-tamper systems meant to protect critical program information from reverse engineering attempts and other adversarial efforts. ATEA PO expects the anti-tamper platforms to be integrated into a wide range of DOD programs. The proposed technology and product development areas are secure processing, volume protection and sensors and cryptographic protection. Take a look at the Draft RFP and get your questions and comments in by Sept. 9.
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ICYMI Snippets

  • Call the captain! Navy establishes chain of command for fires and other emergencies that occur while ships are in port.
  • NASA selects business consultancy Guardians of Honor for a five-year contract worth up to $292 million for STEM support, through which the company will develop educational material and conduct outreach.

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Top Intel Community

In a jam, Army tests aerial electronic warfare toolkit.

Under increased pressure to improve its capabilities by events on the grounds in Ukraine, the Army demonstrated an aerial jammer to improve its electronic warfare capabilities last week at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
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Coolest acronym ever: Vampire.

You betta watch out, Vladimir Putin! In last week’s Pentagon announced $3B package of aid for Ukraine, Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE) system is a portable kit that can be installed on most vehicles with a cargo bed for launching the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System or other laser-guided munitions. Meanwhile, L3Harris announces plans to field the first VAMPIRE system within nine months.
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ICMY Snippets

  • A year after the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, Long War Journal Editor Bill Roggio, a terrorism analyst, argues that al Queda is in a stronger position as a long term threat to the U.S. than it was before 9/11, while Islamic State is a more immediate threat.

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  • Three companies, Altamira Technolgoies, Centauri, Inc., and Radiance Technologies, nab $280 million contract modification awards to provide  Advanced Technical Exploitation Program II support for geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) research and development.

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Top Civilian

NIH RFP for support for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Cancer Research (CCR).

The NIH released an RFP for Central Support to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Cancer Research (CCR) portfolio of clinical studies in the areas of Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) programs, IT systems and programming support of the CCR’s databases, multi-institute studies support for QA/QC and CCR’s databases utilized by the outside sites, and patient registration.
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DHS considers cybersecurity self-assessments for contractors.

Finally, some streamlining comes to fruition. Eschewing DOD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program’s approach, DHS officials are considering self-assessments for contractor cybersecurity, as opposed to third party assessments, which carry with them more of a burden, a top DHS officials said last week.
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  • Sev1Tech announced Hector Collazo as the company’s next chief technology officer.

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OpenText expanding through acquisition with a $6B Micro Focus deal.

OpenText agrees to acquire Micro Focus in a deal valued at around $6 billion, with an equity value of around $2.1 billion. The companies calculated that the per-share price offered represents a 98.3% premium to the closing price of Micro Focus before the deal was announced. Micro Focus, which is neither micro nor focused, has run into hard times in recent years, with declining revenue every year since 2018. Further, its stock price has dropped over 44% this year and more than 89% for the prior five years. This morning, it traded at just $3.15 per share on U.S. markets, leaving it vulnerable to a takeover.
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Sigma7 acquires threat intelligence data and software provider
Intelligence Fusion.

Sigma7 has acquired Intelligence Fusion, a Durham UK-based data and software solutions business whose transformative technology provides intelligence-community grade, client-specific, security and threat information. Sigma7 is a portfolio company of Growth Catalyst Partners. Intelligence Fusion was acquired from The Finance Durham Fund, which is administered by Maven Capital Partners. The transaction terms were not disclosed.
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Shower thoughts 🚿

How to fix the government hiring process and other intractible issues

Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller argues that to improve the tendentious government hiring process that greater investments need to be made in meeting the needs of incoming workers, including training opportunities. 
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