Cloud

The Pentagon's cloud plans are expanding to the inspector general's office

The watchdog office is on the hunt for cloud capabilities that support its sensitive mission.

IT Infrastructure

Air Force awards $950 million JADC2 networking contract to more companies

Twenty-seven companies were added to facilitate in the creation of an open architecture for rapidly integrating new information and communications technologies.

Policy

Justice Department moves to block purchase of signals intelligence tech amid antitrust concerns

The U.S. government is opposing Booz Allen’s bid to acquire a rival ahead of a five-year signals intelligence procurement.

Cyber

Vendors prep for new cyber rules of the road

Federal policy is shifting to impose tighter cybersecurity requirements on government contractors and Congress appears poised to impose new standards throughout the private sector.

Cyber

Trade groups seek changes to SEC’s breach disclosure plan

Defense contractors may be subject to conflicting cyber rules of the road if a proposed financial reporting rule takes effect without changes, trade associations say.

Policy

Pentagon's classification system lacks consistency, IG finds

The inspector general wrote that inaccurate or incomplete security classification guides “increase the risk” of over- or under-classification due to incorrect interpretation or application.

Connected Warrior

Marine Corps shares new information warfare doctrine

The Corps wants commanders to start thinking about the role of information in war.

Emerging Tech

Air Force looks to HBCUs to lead its first university applied research center

The tactical autonomy-focused center will focus on key areas including human-machine teaming, trust and collaboration between platforms.

Policy

Top military space buyer eyes fixed-price contracts

Frank Calvelli, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration, said "fixed-price contracting is not a bad approach for space things" and could help keep acquisitions on time.

AI & Analytics

The Pentagon's plan for 'responsible AI'

A 47-page document released this week outlines the Pentagon's plan to incorporate its two-year old ethical AI principles throughout a system's design, development and use.

Emerging Tech

Spotlight on innovation in the 2023 defense policy bill

The Defense Innovation Unit stands to get $81 million, double its requested budget, for fiscal 2023, under the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Emerging Tech

DARPA report finds vulnerabilities in blockchain tech, non-secure crypto transactions

A holistic research paper documents the security concerns within decentralized ledger technologies, prompting concerns over the security of cryptocurrency transactions.

Emerging Tech

IARPA researchers want immersive, 3D imagery for training and simulation

The project seeks software and applications to enhance the intelligence community’s geospatial surveillance images.

IT Infrastructure

General Dynamics' $11B DOD 'Fourth Estate' IT protest denied

Barring more action, this lets Leidos proceed on its work for the 10-year Defense Enclave Services award and consolidate IT systems for 22 DOD agencies.

IT Infrastructure

The Pentagon should keep better tabs on IT cybersecurity, supply chain risks, GAO says

The findings come as the Defense Department continues to increase its investment in information technology and cybersecurity year over year—a trend that could likely mean more scrutiny.

Congress

Senate panel approves $45B boost to 2023 defense topline

The House draft followed Biden’s budget, but lawmakers are expected to debate the funding number next week.

Unmanned Systems

New bill sets federal penalties for drone misuse

The Drone Act of 2022 would set new federal penalties for drone operators who weaponize drones, disrupt emergency operations or use the technology to deliver contraband into prisons.

Cyber

Former DOD cyber official loses bid for Congress despite Trump’s backing

Katie Arrington, who led a Defense Department push to bring 300,000 contractors into compliance with cyber hygiene policies, lost her race to oust a Republican incumbent in a South Carolina congressional primary.

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