Brenda Marie Rivers

Huntington Ingalls Subsidiary Books Potential $75M Navy UUV Payload Modernization IDIQ

Mk 18 Mod 2 UUV

A Huntington Ingalls Industries business unit has received a potential five-year, $74.7 million contract to help update payload for the U.S. Navy’s Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish unmanned underwater vehicles. HII’s Hydroid subsidiary will provide Increment II hardware for the Mk 18 Mod 2 UUV as part of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.

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Planet Technologies Appoints Former NASA CIO Renee Wynn to Advisory Board

Renee Wynn Advisory Board Member Planet Technologies

Renee Wynn, former chief information officer at NASA, has been appointed to serve on the advisory board of information technology and cloud consulting services company Planet Technologies. Wynn, who brings over three decades of federal experience to her new role, previously managed NASA’s $2 billion IT budget in relation to 65,000 contractors and employees and retired from the agency in April 2020, Planet Technologies said Tuesday.

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Maximus Federal’s MaryAnne Monroe: Human-Based Customer Service Also Crucial to Citizen Engagement

Maximus

MaryAnn Monroe, senior director of customer engagement solutions and services at Maximus’ federal arm, said agencies must ensure visibility and human elements when implementing self-service technologies driven by artificial intelligence. Monroe wrote in an opinion piece published Monday that live representatives remain essential even as more citizens engage with government agencies through digital platforms.

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NVIDIA Unveils AI-Based ‘Morpheus’ Cybersecurity Framework for Cloud Applications

NVIDIA

NVIDIA has launched a cloud-native application framework driven by artificial intelligence that works to rapidly detect cybersecurity threats including malware, phishing attacks and leaks of sensitive data. NVIDIA said Monday that the Morpheus framework is powered by its graphics processing units and designed to identify, capture and execute actions on cyber threats through machine learning.

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Honeywell Receives DISA Security Certification for Rugged Mobile Computers

CT40 XP

Four Honeywell-built mobile computers have been certified for use by Department of Defense staff following a multiyear vetting process under the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Security Technical Implementation Guide. Honeywell said Thursday the STIG certification allows Honeywell’s CT40 XP, CT60 XP, CK65 and CN80G mobile computers to operate through DOD networks.

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DARPA Taps General Atomics to Provide R&D Support for Cislunar Rocket Demo Program

General Atomics

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded General Atomics a $22.1 million contract to support the agency’s efforts to conduct a rocket test launch in cislunar orbit. General Atomics will perform Track A contract services as part of DARPA’s Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations program, the Department of Defense said Friday.

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Johns Hopkins APL Provides Modeling, Simulation Tech for DARPA’s Fighter Aircraft ‘Dogfight’ Trials

Johns Hopkins APL

Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory has conducted a simulated dogfighting exercise with F-16 fighter jets as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Air Combat Evolution program. Johns Hopkins APL said Thursday that the exercise took place in February and serves as a follow-up to DARPA’s AlphaDogfight Trials which saw one-versus-one simulated fights between F-16s.

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Microsoft Launches Azure Templates for DOD Security Implementation Standards Compliance

Microsoft

Microsoft has released templates to help organizations ensure secure cloud transitions that comply with the Department of Defense’s quarterly-updated security implementation guide. Nirali Shah, program manager for Microsoft Azure Government, wrote in a blog post published Thursday that the templates are meant to comply with the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Security Technical Implementation Guide that covers configurations for hardware, software and operating systems.

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SparkCognition Business Lands SBIR Contract to Help AFRL Develop AI-Based Manpower Planning Concepts

SparkCognition Government Systems

SparkCognition’s government systems business has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to help the lab implement artificial intelligence and machine learning concepts for readiness and manpower planning. SGS said Wednesday that it secured the award as part of the first phase of the Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

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Intel, Leidos, Fortanix Partner to Develop Data Security Approach for Clinical Trial Operations

Intel

Intel has partnered with Leidos and cloud security technology maker Fortanix to deploy integrated technologies to support real-time data sharing across a distributed network intended to streamline clinical trial procedures. Leidos used Intel’s software guard extension and Fortanix’s Confidential Computing Manager to establish a network of secure computing environments that work to handle key real-world data while complying with industry and patient privacy guidelines.

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Cybercom Seeks Support for Joint Cyber Architecture, Network Security Efforts

Cybercom issues RFI on network security and cross-domain services.

U.S. Cyber Command is looking for information on small businesses that can provide technical assistance in deploying security technologies to support data transmission between Department of Defense, intelligence community and commercial networks. Cybercom said in a notice posted Tuesday that it seeks support in implementing the WOLFDOOR cross-domain solution for secure network operations in addition to integrating the Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture’s disparate components.

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