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DEFENSE & AEROSPACE
Airbus has launched its own drone business.
Airbus, the maker of the long-flying Zephyr drone, has officially launched its own US drone business. The group builds upon Airbus’ success with Zephyr, which is a solar-powered aircraft that stayed aloft for 64 days above 60,000 feet in testing over the Yuma Proving Ground. Read more
Two things the Space Force needs from Congress—and one thing it definitely doesn’t.
What it needs: A senior civilian position over USSF. Also, wouldn’t it be lovely if it had its own independent Legislative Affairs and Public Affairs office so that the agency could finally untether itself from using the Air Force’s resources in this regard? But what doesn’t the Space Force need? A Space National Guard, which the House has in their version of the NDAA. Read more
Air Force plans production of CCA Wingman Drones by FY28.
The Air Force is planning to have wingman drones developed under the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) program by FY28. AF Secretary Kendall said that the CCA effort is “one of the most important” programs in the Air Force’s FY24 budget request; the Air Force asked for $392 million for CCA in its FY24 request. Read more.
Air Force's Sentinel missile 'struggling,' faces rising costs.
Space competition enters the gray zone.
DOD says deterrence in the Middle East is working. That is, if you don’t count Syria’s attacks on US troops and our counter-responses.
NDIA's Norquist explains the harm of a continuing resolution.
Defense manufacturers fear fallout from “Buy American” politics.
Defense Contract Awards
Micross secures $134M Army Advanced Packaging Ecosystem OTA agreement.
Lockheed receives $238M Air Force contract for F-16 Initial Spares.
DecisionPoint wins $16M USTRANSCOM Transportation Geospatial Information System contract.
Protest Filed: $2.8B US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) SITEC 3 EOM contract.
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DOD UFO Chief resigns after questions about whistleblower claims.
There’s a new leader at Dept of Navy Office of Small Business Programs.
CACI names former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (Acting) as new SVP of Corporate Strategy and Development.
Defense Job Openings
DHS adds facial comparison, ML uses to its AI inventory.
Homeland Security's AI Inventory now includes a facial comparison tool being used by TSA and CBP. DHS has also added FEMA's geospatial damage assessments, which use machine learning and machine vision to assess damage caused by a disaster, and CBP’s use of AI to inform port of entry risk assessment decisions. Read more
Ex-DNI director says destroying Hamas means destroying Gaza.
Ex-U.S. intelligence director James Clapper believes that the U.S. needs to intervene decisively as soon as Hezbollah attacks; Hamas in his eyes is as bad as ISIS and a two-state solution is nowhere to be seen on the horizon. Read more
Small Biz take note: DHS flips the upcoming CISA OBP support RFP from “Unrestricted” to “Small.”
The recent word out of CISA is that the next iteration of this 5-year contract to provide support for the office which leads the DHS efforts to implement the National Policy for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (National C-IED Policy) and enhances the nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate the use of explosives against critical infrastructure, will be going out as a small business set-aside action after all. Read more
Energy & Commerce chair critiques POTUS’ AI executive order.
Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers echoed testimony from other lawmakers and witnesses in affirming that responsibility and safety are needed for AI development to protect against bad actors. However, the EO doesn’t follow her preferred “light touch and market-driven approach” paired with clear guidance for the industry. Read more
GAO flags FAA for taking too long on its NextGen project.
The GAO is taking the FAA to task for slow progress on its years-long Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) project which aims to modernize U.S. air traffic management systems. In its report, GAO pointed to “mixed progress, across four critical program areas." Read more
Check out this event! HHS Expiring FY24 Socio-Economic Set-Aside Contracts and Task Orders. Dec 5 Online.
Woman-owned SDVOSB seeks SDVOSB partners to join their team!
Coast Guard $30M ALC BOD Analytics Support RFP pushed to January.
Protests by Absolute Strategic Tech and Akima could delay Polaris awards, sidetracking small business IT contract.
Civilian Contracts Awards
More Awardees announced for $800M USAID Central America Regional Support Services (CARSS) IDIQ.
Protest: $14M HUD FHA CCAP Analytical Support and Services contract protest filed by TAC Technologies.
DHS Selects ICF for New $36 Million Digital Modernization Task Order.
TMF Awards nearly $3.5M to Labor Department for 'Lost and Found' Retirement Benefits portal.
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Civilian Job Openings
Reports: Astra founders want to take space company private.
Astra (Nasdaq: ASTR) founders Chris Kempa and Adam London have presented a proposal to the board of directors to take the space company private, offering to purchase all outstanding stock at $1.50 a share. Read more.
SHOWER THOUGHTS 🚿
Why can our government get nothing done? Kludgeocracy.'
The deputy US chief technology officer from 2013 to 2014 believes 'Kludgeocracy' forms the root cause of the maddening bottleknecks in government that we're all exasperated with. Read more
‘I want to work myself out of a job’: How two FLRA officials are responsible for resolving hundreds of labor-management disputes.
During a time of rising inflation, increased leverage for workers, and rising corporate profits in some sectors leading to more strikes, the Federal Labor Relations Authority has a tiny org chart but perhaps an outsized impact on labor relations in the U.S. Read more
Who’s paying for this survey? Customer satisfaction with government jumps again.
Customer satisfaction with U.S. federal government services increased 2.9% to a score of 68.2 out of 100 this year, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Federal Government Report 2023. Read more
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