DOD CDAO holding Industry Procurement Forum on Nov. 30: Get the procurement forecast and learn how your AI tool can help them.
Generative AI like ChatGPT could help boost democracy—if it overcomes key hurdles, like bias and bad facts.
Data on active duty service members is available for purchase online: According to new Duke University report.
New dystopian reality: Internet blackouts. They cause economic damage, social damage, and quell dissent; they are being wielded as a legal-ish act of war.
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DEFENSE & AEROSPACE
Next-gen GPS ground system expected to come online this summer after 10 years of planning.
The Air Force’s space acquisition guru, Frank Calvelli, said he expects the long-troubled Next-Generation Operational Control System (OCX) for the USSF’s new GPS satellites to finally be up and running by June or July — more than a decade after its initially planned debut. The modern, software-based satellite control system, being developed by RTX, is designed to handle GPS III ground operations. Six GPS III satellites already have been launched, and the other four in the Space Force’s planned constellation have been delivered by prime contractor Lockheed Martin. Read more
AI ethics: DOD about to roll out public web app to guide “responsible” development.
How do you stop the military from building SkyNet from the Terminator movies by mistake? It turns out there’s an app for that. Three years ago, the DOD adopted five broad principles for how it could ethically apply AI to military missions, from eliminating racial bias in algorithms’ training data to building in kill switches in case AI goes awry. Last year, the CDAO turned those principles into a detailed implementation strategy for “responsible AI” and promised to build a toolkit for weapons acquisition officials. Read more
Here’s the plan for deterring China from invading Taiwan.
After several months of work, the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party has issued its recommendations for deterring China from attacking Taiwan. Ideas: Give the problem a lot of money and some long-range weapons, among other ideas. Read more
Intel gains following report of billions in funding for DOD chip fab.
Recruiting the old fashioned way: word of mouth. Or, as the cool kids call it these days, “influencer marketing.”
Why Congress needs to back supplemental funding for the Navy's future fleet.
Army seeks industry input for overhaul of aging artillery software.
Curious about what the specifics of the foreign aid going to Israel actually is? Here’s a March 2023 report that lays it all out.
Navy tests StormBreaker Smart Bomb with Super Hornet.
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Let’s drop the “acting” from your title: Jane Rathbun announced as new Department of Navy CIO.
DOD CIO names a new Deputy CIO for C3.
Recent DOD and DOE Deputy CIO exits, new 'self employed.’
DISA JSP Pentagon IT SES Director takes DOD Deputy Director of Administration & Management role.
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South Korea plans to launch its first military spy satellite.
Up to now, South Korea has used USA’s spy satellites to monitor moves by North Korea, but S. Korea has announced that it’s going to launch it’s very first domestically built spy satellite. It’s going up with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Read more
IRS hits key digitization goal months ahead of schedule.
They did it! Taxpayers can now digitally submit all correspondence and responses to notices. Before the most recent filing season, taxpayers responding to information requests from the IRS had to submit them by mail. That changed with the February 2023 launch of a document upload tool for responses to nine widely used notices covering tax benefits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Now, the agency says that over 94% of individual taxpayers won’t have to mail the IRS anything anymore. Read more
The Fed gets an AI incubator.
The Federal Reserve System has set up a generative AI incubator, looking to be “bold” but responsible in its use of the technology. The generative AI incubator takes the private sector concept and a bias toward action and marries it with the need to be responsible and manage risk, said Sunayna Tuteja, chief innovation officer of the Federal Reserve System. Read more
OPM releases federal employee viewpoint survey data
OPM has released results from its '23 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey; results demonstrated strong marks on some key metrics — job satisfaction is nearly 70 percent — but participation in the survey remains relatively low. Read more
DHS’ move to agile development to buoy customer experience too.
VA attributes record-breaking year to massive increases in hiring. Turns out, hiring more employees helps agencies to meet their goals!
FEMA RFI: Federal Insurance Directorate/National Flood Insurance Program – Pivot.
CISA is looking for next-gen cybersecurity experts from underserved communities.
Civilian Contracts Awards
Protest filed: $190M State Department S/GAC Data and Systems Support Services IDIQ.
USAID awards $193M Office of Human Capital and Talent Management Support contract to IT Concepts.
Protests Dismissed: $200M USAID Digital Strategy Implementation and Programs contract.
Busy day for USAID! Protests dismissed: $250M USAID Compliance and Capacity Support for Diverse Partnerships (CCSDP) IDIQ.
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Commerce taps director for newly created office of Information and Communication Technologies.
Thomson Reuters Special Services taps BD lead to be Chief Growth Officer.
CMS taps familiar face as new Deputy CISO.
Did you work with Mayor Pete? Seasoned transformation and executive leader returns to McKinsey and Company as Partner.
ThunderYard recruits experienced VA digital strategy and growth lead.
Civilian Job Openings
BigBear makes $70M vision AI play with acquisition of Pangiam.
BigBear.ai has agreed to acquire Pangiam Intermediate Holdings in an all-stock transaction valued at about $70 million to secure a leadership position in the vision artificial intelligence technology segment. Pangiam’s facial recognition and advanced biometrics will be combined with existing computer vision capabilities to offer comprehensive vision AI portfolios. Read more
Aloha: Intellibridge buys Revacomm.
Enlightenment Capital-based IntelliBridge LLC has acquired RevaComm Inc., a digital transformation company founded in 1990 in Hawaii that serves civilian and defense agencies. Read more
SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿
Why is automation making manufacturers a target for cyber criminals?
Cyber attacks on the private sector and governments are growing year on year. In fact, the damage caused by cybercrime may cost the world up to $8tn this year, up from $3tn in 2015, according to recent research. Read more
Is AI going to be negotiating our contracts from now on?
An AI just negotiated a contract for the first time ever — and no human was involved. It marks the first time an AI has ever negotiated a contract with another AI, with no human involved, potentially heralding a new age of AI-led contract negotiations. Read more
Can we finally get to grips with the human brain's complexities? AI may make it possible.
AI may be leading us toward a better understanding of our own brains. Early machine learning systems, after all, were inspired by AI; they may now help neuroscientists get to grips with the unique complexities of the human brain. Read more
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