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Oh, it’s on! Feds brawl over cyber talent.

Federal agencies including the Commerce Department have resorted to poaching staff from other departments because of a shortage in cybersecurity skills across government. Yikes! “We’re basically hiring people from one federal agency to another. We’re stealing people from each other, that’s what it’s come down to,” Adre Mendes, Commerce’s CIO said. CyberSeek, a recruiting website for cybersecurity jobs in the U.S., which is funded by the Commerce Department, estimates there are currently 714,548 open cybersecurity jobs nationwide, which includes positions in the public and private sector.
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Chemical sector: you’re on deck! WH has a plan to incentivize cybersecurity.

The WH has their eyes on the chemical industry to tighten its cybersecurity protocols. To encourage some changes, there’s a “voluntary-first” plan set to target the chemical sector in a fourth 100-day sprint to gain insights into the cybersecurity posture of the nation’s critical infrastructure and to ultimately improve its resilience. Public works sectors have already been working on these voluntary programs (CyberSentry, run by CISA), and CISA was quick to say that chemical industry partners were already on board. However, some industry stakeholders are pushing back on the performance-based approach, pointing at NIST standards for critical infrastructure as their preferred approach.
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GovCon Trivia

How well do you think you know the federal government?

What is Aldrich Ames best known for?

A. He was a Soviet Union spy.
B. He was a head of National Parks.
C. He was once the Secretary of Education.
D. He was a negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase.

Find the answer at the bottom of this newsletter!

Top Defense & Aerospace


“Shall we play a game?” AFRL is looking for enterprise solutions to support wargaming capabilities. The development of these tools will not only include data optimization and enhanced data integration but also provide expanded capabilities for analyzing the operational, logistics and sustainment limitations and capabilities of the force. The suite of tools will be used in post-wargame or post-event analysis events.
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US needs a “North Star” vision to stay ahead of China in space.

Industry leaders again called for the U.S. to develop a “North Star” grand strategy to guide commercial, civil and military space activities, saying in a report that without a greater sense of urgency, America could lose its strategic and technological edge over China by 2032. The recommendation is part of the 2022 State of the Space Industrial Base report, crafted by officials from the Defense Innovation Unit, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space Force.
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Top Intel Community

DARPA to host ANCILLARY proposer’s day Sept. 20.

Proposers Day is for the AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY (ANCILLARY) program. The ANCILLARY program is seeking to develop and flight demonstrate an X-plane with the critical technologies required for a leap-ahead in long endurance, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned air system (UAS) performance. The Proposer’s Day will be held on September 20 at Strategic Analysis, Inc. ECC, 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT.  Virtual options are available; registration is required. The Government will then host an ANCILLARY Expo on the same day Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT at the Strategic Analysis, Inc. ECC, 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.
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DHS’s Intelligence Information Security Program is “ineffective” according to OIG.

Oh, snap! The OIG recently issued a report saying that the DHS fell back in its intelligence systems’ rating under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act for fiscal year 2021. Specifically, OIG evaluated the department’s security program for Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information intelligence systems. The evaluation examined DHS’ security program and security controls for its enterprise-wide intelligence system Classified Local Area Networks, in accordance with FISMA.
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Top Civilian

Government launches new website to support semiconductor funding law.

A new government website——will be an online resource for the program established by the passage of the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act. The website will provide information related to the implementation of the Department of Commerce’s CHIPS and Science Act initiatives, the department’s priorities, opportunities for funding, timelines and requirements, among other information.
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HHS IT leader says agency still working to implement zero trust for all applications.

Speaking at an event this week, George Chambers said the department continues to work on making information on who’s accessing its network, using what equipment, from what location actionable across apps to enable continuous monitoring.
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GovCon M&A Corner

ATLAS Space Ops secures $26M in Series B funding led by Mitsui.

ATLAS Space Operations, a global leader in cloud-based space communications solutions, today announced $26 million in Series B Funding led by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The investment round reaffirms confidence in ATLAS’ Ground Software as a Service™ (G-SaaS) approach as a critical solution within the space economy.
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D-Orbit cancels SPAC merger plan.

Sorry for issuing news that no news will be happening! Space logistics company D-Orbit said it has canceled plans to go public by merging with Breeze Holdings Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The cancellation is due to changes in the financial market.
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Shower thoughts đźšż

If spent nuclear waste is spilled during transport, will is spill toxic green goo everywhere?

Nope! Spent fuel actually a solid. It is made of small, ceramic uranium fuel pellets stacked up inside metal fuel rods. The fuel is a solid when it goes into the reactor and remains a solid when it comes out of the reactor. This article from the DOE dispels some other myths about transporting spent fuel.
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The Air Force published a photo album of mustachioed troops and it’s glorious! 

Airpwer meets upper-lip-hair power.  If you like airplanes, (and if you’re reading GovBrew, you probably do. You probably design them too, you smart f*cker you!) you’ll probably get a kick out of Red Flag, a training exercise where air and ground crews from across the military and around the world gather at Air Force bases to practice large-scale air combat operations. The exercise happens several times a year, but the latest edition of Red Flag at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, featured more than just fast jets: it also boasted mustaches, lots of mustaches. You gotta scroll through this article. It’ll give you a snort-giggle for sure.
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The Trivia Answer is….  

A. Aldrich Ames was a double agent for the Soviet Union. He worked for the CIA and betrayed the names of every American on the ground in the Soviet Union, leading to the execution of 10 CIA officials. He was arrested in 1994 and charged with espionage and sentenced to life in prison.


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