Brenda Marie Rivers

DISA Updates Inmarsat Broadband Satcom Support RFI to Cover CMMC Requirements

DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency has issued an updated request for information on broadband satellite communications services to add requirements for meeting Level 3 Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program criteria. DISA said in the updated notice posted Wednesday that the U.S. Space Force seeks Inmarsat resellers to provide services and equipment that support the Inmarsat-built Global Xpress satellite and Broadband Global Area Network.

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Navy Picks Teams for Phase II Autonomous Combat Maneuver Tech Challenge

Navy selects eight Phase II teams for small maneuvers exercise.

The U.S. Navy has commenced the second phase of a challenge focused on utilizing autonomous technology for small unit maneuver missions. Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, the NavalX Midwest Tech Bridge and the Office of Naval Research selected eight teams to compete for the $250,000 prize as part of the  Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuvers Prize Challenge, NSWC Crane said Monday.

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Perspecta Labs to Support DOD 5G Testbed Programs; Petros Mouchtaris Quoted

Petros Mouchtaris President Perspecta Labs

Perspecta’s research and engineering arm has received two contracts worth $8.1 million combined to provide prototyping support for the Department of Defense’s 5G testbed initiatives. Perspecta Labs secured a 36-month, $5 million contract to provide an end-to-end logistics security platform to support a 5G-driven “smart warehouse” at Naval Base Coronado in California, Perspecta said Monday.

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ULA Sends Atlas V Rocket to Space Force for 5th SBIRS Satellite Launch

Atlas V transport

United Launch Alliance has shipped its Atlas V vehicle to the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida ahead of launching a Lockheed Martin-built satellite that will join a constellation of missile-warning spacecraft. An Atlas V 421 rocket will send the Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit 5 satellite to orbit on behalf of the Space and Missile Systems Center, ULA said Thursday.

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Raytheon Books Air Force Contract for High-Energy Laser Weapon Delivery

High-energy laser system

A Raytheon Technologies business has received a $15.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center to provide a modified version of the company's high-energy laser weapon system. Raytheon Intelligence and Space said Wednesday it secured the award through the System of Systems Consortium and will supply HELWS to AFLCMC, which will then evaluate the weapon's potential to help air bases target threats such as unmanned aerial vehicles.

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DARPA, Tortuga Logic Extend Licensing Agreement for Semiconductor Security Verification Tool

DARPA extends licensing agreement for Tortuga chip verification tool

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has extended its partnership with San Jose, California-based hardware security company Tortuga Logic to use the latter's security verification product for semiconductor research and development. Tortuga said Tuesday the extended licensing agreement, which comes as part of DARPA's Toolbox effort, enables the agency to deploy the company's Radix chip verification tool for assurance and verification procedures associated with semiconductor manufacturing.

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Zscaler, Steel Root Form CMMC Vetting Support Partnership; Drew Schnabel Quoted

Drew Schnabel VP

Zscaler has partnered with cybersecurity company Steel Root to jointly conduct vetting support to defense industrial base entities seeking to comply with the  Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program. The companies intend to integrate Steel Root's CMMC-focused compliance services with Zscaler's zero-trust access technology that has been authorized under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, Steel Root said Tuesday.

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General Atomics-Led Facility Unveils Compact Tokamak Concept for Nuclear Fusion Energy

General Atomics

The General Atomics-managed DIII-D National Fusion Facility has developed a compact nuclear reactor design as part of efforts to support commercial nuclear fusion initiatives. The DIII-D facility's Compact Advanced Tokamak concept builds on the high-performance computing activities of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and well as the DIII-D team's plasma physics research work, General Atomics said Monday.

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NIST Seeks R&D Support for Cybersecurity Standards Development

NIST seeks cybersecurity research support

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking for potential sources of research and development services to help inform the NIST Information Technology Laboratory's cybersecurity and information security efforts. NIST said in a notice posted Thursday that it plans to issue an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support the ITL Computer Security Division's work establishing standards, practices and tools for ensuring the security of U.S. systems.

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HHS Invests $57M to Continue Production Support for Corning’s COVID-19 Vaccine Vials

Corning

The Department of Health and Human Services has earmarked $57 million to help expand Corning's capacity to manufacture coated glass vials and tubing to address needs related to the U.S. government's COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Corning said Friday the additional funding is meant to support mass vaccination activities and builds on a $204 million allocation from the HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

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Booz Allen's Joel Dillon: 5G, Integrated Operations Key to Achieving Digital Battlespace Dominance

Joel Dillon VP Booz Allen Hamilton

Joel Dillon, vice president and technical lead of the U.S. Army portfolio at Booz Allen Hamilton, said digitized battlespace operations, virtual training and 5G will drive military leadership amid the current threat landscape. Dillon wrote in an opinion piece published Monday on National Defense Magazine that defense officials have recognized the role of 5G implementation in supporting augmented and virtual reality-based training as well as connected architecture.

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