T4NG2 awardees announced. Who made it?
Boo! The cyber workforce gap is “scary and getting scarier:” What can agencies do to address it?
AI executive order calls for 'talent surge': POTUS' "bold action" to reduce risk and facilitate innovation. The EO is all the talk this week!
How to build trust during oral presentations: Put your heart into it and just act like a real human being. Oh, and other tangible tips too.
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DEFENSE & AEROSPACE
Have knowledge of UFOs? DOD wants to hear about it.
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Keep your eyes on the airlift market's next boom.
The market for military aircraft that transports staff, military supplies, or humanitarian relief operations during natural disasters and calamities may soon be seeing an uptick that'll interest industry. Read more
Officials push for path forward on Senate confirmation for military nominees.
Defense officials continue to push for a path forward on confirmations for hundreds of military nominees, as a total of 378 general and flag officer nominations have been delayed indefinitely as part of the blanket hold put in place by Sen. Tuberville in February. Read more
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DOD DRTA Operations Program Manager exits, takes CGO role with WOSB Blue Iris.
Army DEVCOM Aviation and Missile Center adds new digital environment team leader.
Navy’s principal cyber advisor’s three-year term to end in November.
GDIT names technology shared services CISO.
Virtru adds industry veteran as SVP of Global Public Sector.
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Space Force orders 21 new national security space launches: 11 to ULA, 10 to SpaceX.
The Space Systems Command announced 21 launch missions have been assigned to United Launch Alliance and SpaceX as part of the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 contract the companies won in 2020. Read more.
ODNI, Pentagon reveal that FY23 intelligence budget was nearly $100B.
ODNI has revealed that Congress provided $71.7B for the National Intelligence Program; additionally, the DOD said $27.9B had been appropriated for the Military Intelligence Program, totaling $99.6B. For comparison, in FY22, the combined total was $89.8B. Read more
OPM head previews coming cyber and IT hiring flexibilities.
An OPM proposal meant to help agencies more easily hire and pay competitive wages to the government’s tech and cyber workplace will be announced within days. It’s all very exciting and very vague'; the OPM director didn’t lay out many details about what to expect from the proposal other than the agency’s ideas “will need the partnership of Congress” and agencies “for it to be as far-reaching as we would like it to be.” Read more.
VA launches tech sprint for health care innovation required by AI executive order.
Aiming to reduce healthcare worker burnout, the VA has launched a $1M AI tech competition, part of a broader effort required by the White House newly-released executive order on artificial intelligence. The VA called for proposals that address one or both of its focus areas: speech-to-text solutions for appointments and document processing to more seamlessly integrate an individual’s non-VA medical records into their VA record. Read more.
Despite more people getting into cyber, the workforce gap keeps growing.
The size of the global cybersecurity workforce has reached a new peak of 5.5M people, a 9% increase from 2022. The gap between the number of cybersecurity professionals needed and the supply of qualified personnel grew by nearly 13%, and 4M new workers would be needed to close it. Read more
Civilian Contracts Awards
KYM Advisors wins $4M USDA PFT Agile Support contract.
USAID awards $800M Central America Regional Support Services IDIQ to Research Triangle Inst., DAI Global, Dexis Interactive, Chemonics International, Tetra Tech DRG JV, and Creative Assoc.
DHS awards $20M S&T Technology Centers Division (TCD) SETA SME Support Services contract to Noblis.
ExpediteInfotech wins $3M USDA Security Governance contract.
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VA industry growth/technology SME takes chief enterprise technology strategist role with rising SDVOSB.
CDC adds HRSA Bureau of Primary Healthcare lead as new Public Health Data Officer.
GSA taps FAS Contracting leader with a terrific alliterative name as new Sector Director, Innovation.
LeCor recruits CMS industry leader to serve as VP.
Civilian Job Openings
Redhorse expands cyber capabilities with A2I acquisition.
Redhorse Corporation has completed its acquisition of Allied Associates International, a cybersecurity and engineering company focused on critical national security concerns. Read more
SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿
Why doesn't AI "get" slang?
Across languages and throughout time, the term slang has evolved to mean a subversive lexicon, purposefully unintelligible to whoever’s in charge, perpetually shape-shifting against the mainstream. And so far, AI just doesn't seem to get how to use it properly. Read more
Is job title inflation hurting or helping federal employees?
In case you're not familiar with the term, 'job title inflation' refers to the practice that companies use to elevate the title of a job to make it sound more appealing and important. In this tight labor market, this trend of job inflation has resulted in over a 48% increase in senior-sounding job titles. But does it help or hurt either a company or a job seeker? Read more
How has generative AI played a role in Israel-Hamas disinformation?
The Hamas-Israel conflict has generated an unprecedented wave of disinformation, an “algorithmically driven fog of war” that has tripped up major new organizations and left social media companies floundering. Yet, amid all of the deceptive images and video moving around on social media, the content generated by AI tools has remained relatively peripheral. Even as some wondered if the Israel-Hamas war would be the first conflict dominated by false generative AI images, the technology has had a more complex and subtle impact. Read more
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