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  • Position yourself to secure a seat on the $60.7B VA T4NG2 IDIQ!: Join this Feb 7 event for a breakdown of the T4NG2 Draft RFP.
  • Tune in to the latest happenings with the Inflation Reduction Act: This podcast covers the Infrastructure Bill and Inflation Reduction Act in 2023.
  • For R&D, national AI task force says “give us more MONEY!!” It wants $2.6B from Congress for a roadmap for the future of AI research.
  • Lawmakers to GAO: pls check if contractors are working for China: Lawmakers are wary of COIs over firms working for Chinese & US govts.

TRIVIA

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

To keep the military competitive, the Pentagon’s rallying behind some pretty cool tech.

Biotechnology, quantum science, hypersonics, and human-machine interfaces — these are just a few of the emerging technologies the Pentagon is rallying behind to keep the military competitive in 2023 and into the foreseeable future. Read more

Why the US needs to refocus its energy on critical defense priorities.

In today’s complex and competitive geopolitical environment, the US is reinvigorating its commitment to advancements in critical defense priority areas. New warfighter capabilities are being enabled by technologies like artificial intelligence, microelectronics, and others, but the U.S. must accelerate investments in these areas to outpace its competitors. Read more

Like going to Costco: To refill Army stockpiles, multi-year munition buys are “in the works.”

Army’s plans to refill its dwindling munitions stockpile will ramp up over the coming months when it inks several new, multi-year production contracts with the new authority granted by Congress. Service acquisition officials have traditionally reserved the use of multi-year production contracts for larger ship and aircraft programs, but lawmakers moved to expand this power to include ammunition and launcher lines in the FY23 NDAA. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • Watch: Valiant’s CEO talks next-generation training and readiness in the military.
  • DOD’s Autonomy in Weapon Systems directive gets an update.
  • Cost, storage, security, breadth are main challenges posed by MPE & JADC2 Integration.
  • Here’s your chance to be a part of the Wargaming challenge with Navy! (a sources sought)
  • Raytheon is realigning its four businesses segments into three.

Defense Contract Awards

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  • LinQuest’s COO takes the helm as the company’s prez, CEO.
  • Former CIO of HII’s mission technologies business promoted to HII EVP, CIO.

Defense Job Openings

INTEL COMMUNITY

Despite what you may think, ChatGPT probably won’t replace human analysis. At least, not anytime soon.

The CIA is using AI and machine learning to parse through data and alert officials to global developments, but one of the agency’s top analysts doesn’t see ChatGPT or any other bots giving the president’s daily brief anytime soon. Read more

IARPA plans its ReSCIND Proposers Day.

IARPA will hold a Proposers Day for the Reimagining Security with Cyberpsychology-Informed Network Defenses (ReSCIND) program — Registration is due by noon Pacific on February 13. The program aims to improve cybersecurity by developing a new set of cyberpsychology-informed defenses that leverage attackers’ human limitations, such as innate decision-making biases and cognitive vulnerabilities. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

CIVILIAN

Commerce Department’s deputy secretary huddles with CEOs to talk traffic coordination in space.

The deputy secretary at the Department of Commerce met with CEOs of nine space situational awareness companies to seek ideas on how the industry could build and implement a Traffic Coordination System for Space. The free space traffic management service is one of the government’s initiatives outside the DOD to maintain U.S. leadership in the global SSA market. Read more

GSA introduces its pilot federal co-working space.

OPM plans to launch a federal cyber workforce dashboard to provide agencies with a better tool to address workforce needs, according to a demo of the proposed dashboard held during a recent NIST webinar. Read more

OPM previews its new cyber workforce dashboard.

OPM plans to launch a federal cyber workforce dashboard to provide agencies with a better tool to address workforce needs, according to a demo of the proposed dashboard held during a recent NIST webinar. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

Civilian Contracts Awards

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Civilian Job Openings

M&A CORNER

DMI has acquired Simplex Mobility.

DMI has purchased Simplex Mobility, expanding DMI’s presence in the managed mobility services market. DMI’s COO said the transaction will enable the company to offer a managed service offering meant to help clients monitor, transform, and manage their inventory, assets, and expenses. Read more

AE Industrial Partners acquires stake in REDLattice.

AE Industrial Partners, LP, a U.S.-based private equity firm specializing in aerospace, defense & government services, space, power & utility services, and specialty industrial markets, has acquired a significant stake in REDLattice Inc., a pure-play cyber technology company providing full spectrum cyber capabilities for customers in the U.S. national security, defense, and commercial communities. Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

 

Ever noticed that tech gig workers love asking for more flexibility? This reports tells us why.

Tech workers in the gig economy love the flexibility of the less permanent roles, according to a recent Legal & General U.S. Gig Economy study, which noted that offering flexible working could draw tech gig workers back to the traditional workplace. Read more

Is China about to destroy encryption as we know it? Maybe.

A new research paper claims to offer a quantum-powered code-breaker of spectacular power. “If it’s true, it’s pretty disastrous,” says one expert…but the breakthrough may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Read more

Is it ever okay to NOT have a customer service phone line? (Facebook and Frontier Airlines, we’re looking at you) 

Have you ever had something go awry with your company social media pages? You try to call someone for support…but there’s absolutely nobody to help. None. Zero. It’s designed that way, of course: less help desk support means fewer corporate costs. Is this a model you should employ at your own company? Consider the cost-benefit ratio… Read more

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. 1978
The first computers were installed in the White House during the Carter administration. The White House staff was given terminals to access the shared Hewlett-Packard HP3000. (Source

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