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OMB new acquisition rule will require “I pinky promise” software vouchers.

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council will soon propose a rule requiring federal agencies to use a uniform, standard self-attestation form when seeking assurances from software vendors that their products were developed using guidance from the NIST.
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$5.7B Air Force IT services contract to CACI under super-hot protest fire.

This protest is hotter than your favorite guac (today is National Guacamole Day)… Accenture, Peraton and SAIC have all issued protests to the GAO that CACI International won a $5.7B Air Force enterprise IT contract. CACI and its team were chosen to take over IT service desk support and management of a catalog of offerings for 700,00 users around the world. The BPA is known as Wave 1 of the Air Force’s enterprise IT initiative, which will also support Space Force personnel.
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GovCon Trivia

How well do you think you know the federal government?

The Department of the Interior manages a lot of different types of land. Which is the LARGEST (in acres) group of land that it manages? 

A. Federal lands
B. Tribal lands
C. Subsurface minerals
D. Outer continental shelf

Find the answer at the bottom of this newsletter!

Top Defense & Aerospace

Launch pad traffic jams? Space Force is concerned.

“Currently, our capacity on our ranges meets the governmental needs, but with the proliferation of small satellites, that’s going to change rapidly,” Lt. Gen. Chance Saltzman told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The number of launches is going to go up dramatically and we’re going to need to look at other opportunities.” The Space Force deputy chief of space operations was responding to expressed concerns about the dangers of a “traffic jam” at military launch facilities as more launch companies attempt to launch the huge numbers of small satellites required for some constellations, like those required for internet services planned by SpaceX or OneWeb.
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Armed forces modernization requires collaboration, cutting-edge tech.

Heidi Shyu, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, provided virtual opening remarks at the Inaugural Defense Department Basic Research Conference in Arlington, Virginia.  The FY22 National Defense Strategy sets out three main themes: (1) Integrated deterrence–R&D is key! (2) Campaigning across agencies; and (3) Building enduring advantages–new tech.
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Defense Contract Awards

  • Northrop Grumman won a $76M IDIQ contract for software dev support with Navy.
  • CACI wins $123M Defense Health Readiness engineering support contract.

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Top Intel Community

Iran exploiting Fortinet, Microsoft Exchange, and VMWare Horizon log4j vulnerabilities, NSA + partners say. 

In “Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Affiliated Cyber Actors Exploiting Vulnerabilities for Data Extortion and Disc Encryption for Ransom Operations,” agencies from four nations provide specific examples of IRGC-affiliated cyber actors exploiting Fortinet, Microsoft Exchange and VMware Horizon log4j vulnerabilities to gain initial access to systems. The actors then leveraged the access for disk encryption and data extortion to support ransom operations.
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ODNI expands the IC CAE program. 

The IC CAE program develops future intelligence professionals by providing grants to help schools offer intelligence-related curricula and access to a community of IC professionals dedicated to enhancing students’ knowledge of the IC. The University of Kansas, the University of New Hampshire, and Saint Louis University join a network of more than 80 colleges and universities in the IC CAE program.
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Top Civilian

Space junk is a problem; NASA and FCC are looking for solutions.

Imagine investing millions of dollars into satellites, just to have them get clobbered by space junk once they are in orbit. Heck, did you know that there are now more than 4,800 satellites in orbit right now?  NASA and the FCC are separately addressing the growing issue of orbital debris through funding research and proposing new rules.  NASA is funding three research proposals from universities to address the problem. Meanwhile, the FCC is suggesting that companies clean up their old-tech satellites every 5 years in a process called “de-orbiting.”
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US Dept. Commerce trying to help tribal data gap. 

The digital divide disproportionately affects underserved populations, and for tribal communities it is exacerbated by jurisdictional challenges, geographic coverage limitations and a lack of affordability. The problem is complex. Infrastructure is lacking. Furthermore, census data on these populations isn’t accurate, which makes is hard for gov’t to really “grasp the scope of the problem.” In an effort to make inroads, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce announced the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (last year), which awards nearly $1B in funds to reach rural and tribal areas.
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GovCon M&A Corner

Sanborn acquires AppGeo.

The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. a geospatial solution provider of analytics, imagery, lidar, photogrammetry, software applications, and related services to government and commercial clients, announced that it has acquired Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo). AppGeo has helped hundreds of governments and businesses develop the best GIS, location intelligence, and geospatial solutions for their needs.
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SkyPoint acquires SNR Government IT services.

SkyePoint Decisions, Inc. announced the purchase of SNR Government IT Services LLC, a subsidiary of Arrowpoint Corporation. SNR GITS, now as a subsidiary of SkyePoint, offers comprehensive information technology services including technical and management expertise supporting applications, software, hardware, infrastructure, and systems in support of DOD agencies. As a division of SkyePoint, SNR GITS will operate as the Defense sector arm for SkyePoint’s continued growth and investment.
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Shower thoughts 🚿

Was Houdini a spy?

Since Houdini’s death, there has been an ongoing debate among historians as to whether or not Houdini was ever a “spy.” The greatest and most recent kerfuffle was the publication in 2006 of “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero” by William Kalush and Larry Sloman,  Kalush and Sloman posit that the only reason Houdini would abruptly leave the United States in 1900, when he had finally achieved notoriety—and a paycheck equivalent to $45,000 a week—was because he was engaged in espionage. Houdini was rumored to be providing the German police with information about wanted criminals, as well as unspecified information to Scotland Yard Superintendent William Melville, monitoring anarchists in Russia, and helping the U.S. Secret Service with their anti-counterfeiting mission.
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The Trivia Answer is….  

D. 
DOI oversees roughly 420 million acres of federal lands, nearly 55 million acres of tribal lands, more than 700 million acres of subsurface minerals, and about 2.5 billion acres of the outer continental shelf.

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