QUICK HITS
  • OPM finalizes rule for up to 10-year temp appointments of STEM workers: The rule will affect term appointments of +4 and max of 10 years. Rule to take effect Jan. 3.
  • Russian-based Killnet hackers attack two fed websites: The group claimed responsibility on Twitter for DDOS against Commerce and DHS CISA. If it was on Twitter it must be true!
  • New authentication practices to break old login paradigms: Federal security officials are exploring ways agencies can adopt MFA practices.
  • The military has a COVID-related recruiting problem: Marine Corps’ top officer says Pentagon’s vaccine mandate is limiting recruitment.
  • Text-to-image AI: powerful tech for making art–and fakes: Why this new trend in synthetic media could be among the most dangerous.

DEFENSE & AEROSPACE

Robots make stuff easier — For Army, it’s financial and manual processes.

Certain U.S. military teams taking a low-code, no-code approach to deploying RPA capabilities are enjoying a high payoff with quick implementations and rapid returns. Software bots have been simplifying FOIA, financial, and other manual military processes. Read more

Cyberwar necessitates government-industry cooperation.

The rise of cyberwar should cause the U.S. to rethink how the military and industry work together, says one Senator. The vast majority of targets of cyberwars will be in the commercial world., and imagine how to much resilient everyone would be if they could/would share info! Read more

Air Force’s AFCENT’s innovation Task Force 99 establishes ops, HQ.

The new unit is the cornerstone of AFCENT’s approach to U.S. Central Command’s intent of building a Culture of Innovation. Comprised of eight full time multi-capable Airmen, its mission is to leverage digital and unmanned technologies, creating dilemmas for adversaries and new opportunities for collaboration with partner.  Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • Registration for Dec. 8 Office of Small Business Programs outreach event is LIVE.
  • Will they run out? Top US intel official says Russia burning through munitions at “extraordinary” rate.
  • U.S. Space Force Chief: the value of space “has been proven out” in Ukraine.
  • Retired colonel argues that the next step in military AI is processing data faster.

Defense Contract Awards

  • American Systems has won a 10-year DISA contract with a ceiling of $1B for broad testing and evaluation support services.
  • Northrop secures five-year $406M USAF engineering services order.
  • GDIT wins an $84M contract with DHA for clinical research.
  • Noblis MSD wins $187M Navy C41SR Engineering Services contract.
  • Client Solutions Architects wins Navy IT Operations contract.

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  • Its engines produce more thrust than any current fighter engine.
  • The sleek design allows the F-22 to cruise at supersonic speeds (greater than 1.5 Mach) without using afterburner.
  • The controls are so amazing the original operator’s manual read: “you may fly this aircraft with reckless abandon.

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INTEL COMMUNITY

RFI announcement! DIA needs language exploitation and reporting support.

DIA has posted an RFI for nonpersonal services to support the Language Exploitation Branch, National Media Exploitation Center. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on January 7. Supporting areas include identification of intel from collected foreign language data, triage and exploitation of data, database management, and foreign language translation. Read more

Professional Development Help: NGIA posts GTLSS RFI.

NGIA has posted the Geospatial-Intelligence Tradecraft Learning Support Service  RFI, a follow-on procurement to GEOINT Tradecraft Learning Contract, with responses due by Dec. 16. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • With 50-year legacy, NGA’s digital terrain elevation data inches toward next goal.
  • NGA wants a Data Architect to create, define, and develop data architecture.
  • Intel, surveillance, and recon systems provider Sigma Defense onboards its new CSO.

 

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CIVILIAN

We seeee you: TSA facial recognition system may go nationwide in 2023.

The TSA currently uses facial recognition tech across 16 major airports — that tech may find its way to airports nationwide as early as next year. The tech is currently opt-in: passengers step up to a kiosk, insert their ID, and have their faces scanned. And while passengers can currently choose a standard TSA screening process instead, that may soon change. Read more

After 119 protests, NIH to initiate corrective action on CIO-SP4.

NITAAC has informed the GAO that it will initiate corrective action on the potential 10-year, $50B Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners follow-on contract for IT platforms and services after 119 protests were filed. Read more

White House sets new CISA monitoring deadline for agencies.

OMB continues to lead federal agencies away from using manual tools to track cyber metrics through the government, with a new FY23 deadline for tracking 80 percent of systems through the CISA’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM)  Read more

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Civilian Contracts Awards

  • HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service has awarded ICF two contracts worth over $45M for digital modernization services.
  • FCC has awarded ICF a three-year, $26M contract for modernization of enterprise-wide mission-critical business systems.

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M&A CORNER

Enlightenment Capital invests in iNovex.

Enlightenment Capital, an aerospace, defense, government & technology investment firm has made a strategic investment in iNovex, a provider of software solutions, cybersecurity, SIGINT, data analysis, and RPA for the IC. Read more

SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿

“Replication Crisis” is a crisis in science…how can we fix it?

Scientific studies that have been peer-reviewed are crucial for scientific advancement. But what happens when those findings are wrong? Or if the studies can’t be replicated? Scientists have been grappling with this problem for years, but this year The Transparent Replications Project launched. The project has a simple goal: to replicate any psychology study published in Science or NatureRead more

New documents shed light on CIA’s connection to Lee Harvey Oswald.

A document related to JFK’s assassination came to light this week after a veteran reporter and JFK expert revealed documentation relating to a still-classified covert operation approved by senior CIA officials three months before Kennedy’s death. The information suggests that the CIA used Oswald for intelligence purposes several weeks prior to the shooting. The document is a precursor to a fuller release of documents anticipated by the National Archives this month. Read more

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