QUICK HITS

  • Takeaways from T4NG2 industry day — what to do now: Some significant changes emerged that’ll probably impact your activities.
  • Lack of OCI processes sinks CACI’s bid for $8B Army contract: They didn’t explain any processes it had in place to mitigate conflict-of-interest.
  • Civilian fed agencies to adopt new contract management standard: It’ll improve contract mobility between the Pentagon, govt. departments.
  • Brawl is a-brewing over VA EHR legislation: Some legislators want to expand oversight over VA’s new EHR system — or just terminate it.
  • New to MATOCs? Here’s a helpful introductory guide.
  • A crash course in perfecting the practice of profit planning for GovCon firmsLess off-the-cuff and more planning-planning.

TRIVIA

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

DOD’s CIO’s got a new JWCC program in the works.

The CIO of the DOD said he is working on new guidance on the JWCC program as part of efforts to ensure “cloud rationalization” and enable the government to get the best mission outcome and value for money. Sherman added that since JEDI, “things have evolved in the services…But…there’s got to be cloud discipline and rationalization in terms of where we drive workloads to the contracting process, and we’re gonna do this smartly.” Read more

A new institute will study how DOD manages itself.

The DOD and bureaucracy are considered nearly synonymous, but the Pentagon’s newly launched Defense Management Institute aims to speed up the pace of decision-making by studying how leaders at various levels actually manage everything. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • China has a spy balloon over Montana right now. (No, we aren’t shooting it down…yet.)
  • Space Force chief calls for closer links between operators and buyers.
  • The Air Force’s Navigation Technology Satellite-3 just reached a huge milestone.
  • DARPA taps teams led by General Atomics, Aurora Flight Sciences for “Liberty Lifter” program.

Defense Contract Awards

  • Peraton nabs a $4B Navy contract for CANES production.
  • General Dynamics unit books $482M contract to sustain army SIGINT, EW system.
  • Air Force grants Alphabet-spinoff SandboxAQ permission to show off its quantum navigation tech.
  • CAES has been awarded an Air Force award to deliver EWO dual system-in-package circuit card assemblies.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

Pentagon signals intent to embrace AI; intelligence community follows suit.

With the creation of the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office by the DOD in 2022, the Pentagon has signaled its intent to embrace AI technologies. Although it has yet to take such sweeping action, the U.S. intelligence community is following suit. Read more

More about that Chinese spy balloon…

So while the DOD has an eye on the balloon, the intelligence community is all a kerfuffle about the spying that’s happening. China has told the US to “stay calm,” and that they are trying to figure out what’s going on from their end. In the meantime, House Speaker is calling for committees to meet to discuss, among other things, the fact that the balloon was flying over the home of some of our intercontinental ballistic missiles. Here’s (maybe) why we chose not to shoot it down.

ICYMI Snippets

  • DIA to break ground in Huntsville for new MSIC facility.
  • Guidehouse awarded $158M contract with DHS to provide HSPD-12 products and services.

CIVILIAN

Protests circle around $377M Energy training support contract.

Two challengers and the incumbent are challenging the Energy Dept’s choice of a 4th firm to help run the agency’s National Training Center. All of the competitors are either Alaska Native Corporations or Native Hawaiian Organizations. Energy awarded the recompete contract to Eagle Harbor. Kupona, Chenega and Akima all filed protests, arguing that Energy did not conduct the evaluation in-line with the terms in the solicitation. The cost-realism evaluation is also part of the protest, as are claims that Energy’s discussions with bidders were misleading and not meaningful or unequal. Read more

Why today’s senior federal civilian, military managers are surprisingly good at approaching performance data.

When it comes to performance management and performance data, senior leaders are actually pretty great at motivating employees to work harder, focus for longer, and do better at learning new and useful techniques. Read more

6 keys for successful government crisis contact centers.

Few government services are as critical as crisis communications, especially in the moments during and after severe weather systems, natural disasters and other catastrophic events that affect the masses. Here are 6 keys to their ongoing success. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

Civilian Contracts Awards

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Civilian Job Openings

M&A CORNER

LinQuest buys Hellebore Consulting Group.

LinQuest has acquired defense technology company Hellebore Consulting Group for an undisclosed sum to expand capabilities in support of digital transformation efforts of Air Force Materiel Command and other customers. Read more

Not a done deal: Cobham mulls Mercury Systems Acquisition.

Cobham, a global technology company backed by private equity firm Advent International, is considering acquiring Andover, Massachusetts-based defense electronics supplier Mercury Systems. U.K.-based Cobham eyes Mercury as a potential acquisition target after the latter’s board of directors moved to explore strategic alternatives. Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

 

Not that’d you wanna eat it, but… how DO you make an MRE?

MREs aren’t particularly appetizing, but have you ever wondered what goes inside them to make them look so…unique? In the latest of the ‘Future Soldier’ series, Military Times goes into the kitchen where MREs are designed and produced. We hope you’ve got a strong stomach. Read more

Five times CIA conspiracy theories weren’t complete BS!

How much is true and how much is… less than genuine when it comes to CIA conspiracies is up for a pretty much never-ending debate. One thing’s for sure, though: not ALL conspiracies reside completely in the realm of the theoretical. Read more

TRIVIA ANSWER

A: Rocky Mountain National Park
What’s so cool about Rocky Mountain National Park? Well, it has one of the highest elevations in the nation (ranging from 7800-14000 feet). It has 60 mountain peaks, which are the source of its world-renowned scenery. And it’s got the Continental Divide, too. It also has four separate ecosystems. (Source

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