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They’re coming for you! L3Harris CEO hungry for growth.

Three years after L3 Technologies’ merger with Harris Corp., L3Harris’ CEO says it’s time to “compete on a level playing field” and pursue more growth. L3Harris has won multiple billion-dollar DOD deals since the 2019 merger, and its CEO believes more growth and acquisitions are key to scaling the defense firm further. Read more

Look out! It’s a 5G-enabled drone swarm.

Lockheed Martin and Verizon recently flew 5G-enabled drone swarms to capture and securely transfer high-speed, real-time ISR data from aircraft in flight to geolocate military targets. The flights showcased two critical applications for the US Department of Defense, real-time video streaming and comm sensing and jamming. Read more

You need to strengthen the cyber workforce – GAO to Coast Guard. 

The Coast Guard has over 4,500 authorized cyberspace workforce positions, but GAO believes they are not using the best recruitment, retention, and training practices to fill these gaps. GAO provided six recommendations on how to enhance the recruitment, retention, or training of the cyberspace workforce. Read more

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Defense Contract Awards

  • SAIC Snags $170M NASA Contract for Systems, Software Assurance Services.
  • Parsons to Continue Supporting MDA under $104M Contract.
  • ANALYGENCE, Inc. wins $80M+ TO to provide advisory and assistance to Cyber Command.
  • Tiger Tech awarded $50M supporting Wearable Warfighter Health Monitoring System.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

NSA employee charged with espionage after leaking classified cyber intel.

A former NSA InfoSec Designer has been arrested after spying on the U.S. government on behalf of a foreign government. The perpetrator allegedly committed three separate violations of the Espionage Act by using an encrypted email account to leak classified intelligence to an individual claiming to work for a foreign state. Read more

IARPA kicks off HIATUS program to engineer novel AI.

In a fun dose of irony, IARPA has announced the launch of its HIATUS program to create new artificial intelligence technologies capable of attributing authorship and protecting authors’ privacy. The program is the IC’s latest effort to engineer novel human language technologies that can combat foreign influence activities, identify counterintelligence risks, and protect potentially vulnerable authors. Read more

CISA launches Protective DNS to defend federal enterprises from cyber attacks.

CISA has launched its Protective Domain Name System to secure federal networks and the cybersecurity posture of federal agencies. The service is built on state-of-the-art, geographically distributed infrastructure to minimize the effects of malicious cyber activities. Read more

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CHART

US Marshals and Bitcoin

The US Marshals have seized and auctioned quite a bit of Bitcoin throughout the years. Although they made some nice gains from the auctions, they could be sitting on a small fortune had they HODL’d (hold on for dear life) or held their stash. Let’s look at the totals…

  • Total number of BTC seized and sold: 185,230 👮🏼‍♂️
  • Total USD gained from the sales: $151,493,104 💸
  • Current USD value of all sold BTC: $3,526,434,134 👀
  • Potential USD gains missed: $3,374,941,030 🤯

CIVILIAN

Treasury watchdog wants IRS to kick insider threat monitoring into high gear.

A treasury watchdog is urging the IRS to widen its insider threat monitoring capabilities, lest more information goes missing from key systems. The watchdog stated that the IRS has not done enough to ensure necessary systems are in place to prevent the loss of sensitive information. Read more

Treasury needs help with its homework, seeking feedback for report to Congress.

The Department’s Federal Insurance Office—together with the CISA—is soliciting feedback in preparation for a report to Congress. The Office wants to know whether a national cyber insurance program should require policyholders to implement basic cybersecurity measures in order to avoid creating a moral hazard. Read more

Nominee for “most important job that noone has ever heard of” makes his case to be OIRA administrator.

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, housed within the OMB, is a small office that oversees the regulatory process across the government, approves government information collections, establishes government statistical practices and coordinates federal privacy policy. Richard Revesz made his case this week for the top job. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • Tidbit of the day: State Department releases special-edition biweekly opp report.
  • DOI to host Bipartisan Infrastructure Law virtual industry day.
  • WH thinks food assistance programs are too tough to use and are looking to give it an easy button.
  • GAO reports that Federal agencies still face four Cloud challenges.

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M&A CORNER

Cyber AB forms training and certification subsidiary.

The Cyber AB has announced the formation of a subsidiary organization that will independently oversee training and certification programs for credentialed DOD individuals supporting the CMMC initiative. Read more

DOJ wants Booz Allen’s EverWatch acquisition delayed until NSA awards Optimal Decision contract.

The DOJ is urging that Booz Allen Hamilton’s acquisition of EverWatch be on hold until NSA’s $17M Optimal Decision contract is awarded. An attorney with DOJ’s Antitrust Division argued, “Their merger agreement removes the incentive to compete, which is likely to lead to anticompetitive effects such as increased price or reduced quality…” Read more

Booz Allen Hamilton announces launch of Booz Allen Ventures.

The Ventures was launched with an initial fund of $100M. This corporate venture capital initiative will actively invest in startups in artificial intelligence/machine learning, cyber defense, defense tech, and deep tech, including quantum computing, 5G, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), and edge computing.   Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

 

It’s been 85 years since Amelia Earhart disappeared, so why aren’t we sure what happened to her?

It’s been exactly 85 years as of June 1 since American pilot Amelia Earhart disappeared. As the first woman to traverse the Atlantic by herself, she left an indelible mark on our nation’s flying history after she set out on her last flight. Her around-the-world flight in 1937 was a fatal one, but her ultimate fate is still the subject of many a debate. Read more

What’s better than a botanical garden? WH opens for autumn garden tours.

The White House’s gardens will be open October 8 and 9 for FREE public tours. Tickets are required and will be issued on a first come, first served entry. Get tix from NPS outside the WH Visitor Center on the morning of the tour, beginning at 8:30 am. Read more

TRIVIA ANSWER

C: Social Security
The defense budget in FY22 was $722B . (Source
Medicare’s budget was $767B in FY22. (Source)
The SSA’s budget was $1.17T in FY22. (
source)

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