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Navy “setting the pace” to protect tech, infrastructure.

The Navy is “setting the pace” among the services’ efforts to protect infrastructure and technology with pilot programs and a forthcoming cyber plan, according to the Navy’s principal cyber advisor. Read more

Army training looks to a virtual future.

If the Army’s top training officers are to meet the demands of ever-evolving multi-domain operations and Joint All-Domain Command and Control, they need to change their programs to adapt to more sophisticated battle environments. That’s the message coming from Army Futures Command and its generals. Read more

The DOD has a super-sized Super Bowl of its own this week.

About 113 million people around the world watched Super Bowl LVII, which means that nearly that many saw the Navy flyover and presentation of the flags by the U.S. Armed Forces Color Guard during the national anthem. But what you might not know is that the DOD has a much broader role in one of the most watched sporting events in the world. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

Defense Contract Awards

  • General Dynamics, Day & Zimmermann subsidiaries awarded $994M Army ammo contract.
  • Seven companies awarded positions on $250M contract for Army civil works.
  • Astranis wins $4.5M SBIR Phase 3 contract supporting Space Force.

Follow the Defense Leaders

  • Four retired Army generals, who served a total of 147 years in uniform, agree to join Valiant’s advisory board for miiltary training market strategy.

Defense Job Openings


Our top IC tech priorities are the same as our adversaries’, says CIA exec.

According to the Associate Deputy Director for Digital Innovation at the CIA, our adversaries are investing in the same intelligence community technology areas as the U.S., meaning the nation must act quickly to maintain technological dominance and its position in the global power competition. Read more

ICYMI Snippets


USPTO wondering if AI inventorship uncertainty requires change.

The USPTO is seeking AI-specific commentary in connection with its continued efforts to incentivize and protect innovation, including innovation enabled by AI, to ensure continued U.S. leadership in AI and other emerging technologies. Read more

Buy America, by Americans—OMB seeks input on harmonizing domestic preference regimes.

As previewed in President Biden’s State of the Union Address, the OMB has issued a proposed rule and notification of proposed guidance to improve uniformity and consistency in the implementation of Build America, Buy America (BABA) requirements. Read more

DoE CIO: Delivering modernization at scale requires culture shift.

Is there a magic recipe of products and services that can allow the Federal government to deliver for customers to realize modernization at scale? According to the DOE’s CIO the answer’s no, there’s no magic recipe. However, it turns out that delivering modernization at scale is about shifting the culture. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

Civilian Contracts Awards

  • State Department clears $250M IT services sale to Kuwait’s Military Medical Command.

Follow Civilian Leaders

  • Former GSA exec named Chief Solutions Officer at Leadership Connect.
  • Former GM at Teledyne joins Scientific Systems as Products VP.

Civilian Job Openings

  • FSIS needs an Executive Associate for Regulatory Operations.
  • Dept. of Commerce seeks Director, Office of Financial Management Systems.


Acorn Growth finalizes Black Sage sale to Highlander Partners.

Acorn Growth Companies, a middle-market defense and aerospace investor, has finalized its sale of Black Sage Technologies to private equity firm Highlander Partners. The transaction, which comes nearly four years after Acorn bought Black Sage, is part of the latter’s expansion strategy, according to Acorn Growth. Read more

LinQuest adds defense RDT&E Services through CAMO acquisition.

LinQuest has acquired Capability Analysis and Measurement Organization, in a move to provide research, development, test, and evaluation support to USSOCOM and other defense organizations. Read more

Advent-Maxar merger to proceed following completion of ‘go-shop’ period.

Private equity investment firm Advent International and Maxar Technologies are expected to continue their planned merger after Maxar, a geospatial intelligence services provider, did not receive a competing alternative offer during the go-shop period that expired. Read more



There’s a reason these hot-ticket technologies are what contractors are investing in this year.

Do you often wake up in a cold sweat wondering what the most sought-after technologies are that government contractors will be investing in in 2023? Do you have the burning desire to, like a mystical clairvoyant,  foresee the impacts of these tools? Unanet CEO Craig Halliday’s got you covered. Read more

Why are federal agencies so damn slow at implementing GAO’s privacy recommendations?

A GAO report found that, of the 236 public recommendations GAO has made since 2010 related to the protection of collected personal data, only 96 have been implemented by federal agencies as of December 2022. Read more


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