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Pentagon’s Vulnerability Disclosure Pilot Program Draws Interest From Defense Contractors

Defense Industrial Base Vulnerability Disclosure Program Pilot

The Department of Defense’s Cyber Crime Center has begun a pilot program to allow hackers to share the vulnerabilities they find in systems operated by companies in the defense industrial base, Nextgov reported Monday. The Defense Industrial Base Vulnerability Disclosure Program Pilot "received numerous applicants,” a spokesperson for DC3 told Nextgov. “However, during this initial launch pilot, we will be moving forward with a few dozen” defense contractors.

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DISA Releases Draft Solicitation for $960M Test, Evaluation and Certification II Services IDIQ

Defense Information Systems Agency

The Defense Information Systems Agency has issued a draft request for proposals for a potential $960 million follow-on contract for test and evaluation support services. The proposed Test, Evaluation and Certification II Services vehicle will be a single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a base performance period of four years, five option years and a six-month option term.

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Adita Karkera Named Data, AI Architect to Deloitte’s Government Analytics, Cognitive Practice

Adita Karkera Data and AI Architect Deloitte

Adita Karkera, formerly deputy chief data officer for the state of Arkansas, has joined Deloitte Consulting’s government analytics and cognitive practice as a data and artificial intelligence architect. She will advise CDOs in federal and state agencies on their AI and data strategies and serve as a fellow in Deloitte’s AI Institute for Government.

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Analysts Say Increase in Federal Cloud Spending Bodes Well for AWS

Cloud computing

Adam Selipsky, former president and CEO of Tableau Software, is set to succeed Andy Jassy as CEO of Amazon Web Services in May and will return to AWS as analysts predict further growth for the company driven by a potential increase in federal spending on cloud contracts, the Washington Business Journal reported Tuesday. “I believe that AWS will increase its footprint by 25% to 30% over the next 12 to 18 months, given the federal opportunities,“ said Dan Ives, a technology, internet and media analyst at investment firm Wedbush Securities. “We believe that this is a golden age within federal cloud."

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HawkEye 360 Cluster 2 Satellites Achieve Initial Operating Capability; Alex Fox Quoted

Alex Fox EVP HawkEye 360

HawkEye 360 announced that its Cluster 2 satellites meant to geolocate radio frequency signals and deliver RF geospatial intelligence data to customers have completed functional testing and reached initial operating capability status. Cluster 2 is composed of three satellites that launched in January aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket and features GNSS antenna to detect GPS interference and increased computing capabilities capabilities for onboard data processing.

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ManTech’s Sandeep Shilawat Shares Key Considerations as Agencies Factor Cloud Into Digital Transformation Efforts

Sandeep Shilawat VP ManTech

Sandeep Shilawat, vice president for cloud and edge computing at ManTech International, wrote in an article published Tuesday that agencies should consider cloud as foundational to their digital transformation efforts. One of the first elements to consider as agencies factor cloud into their digital modernization plans is determining the cloud consumption model to ensure that they have the talent and other resources in place to support cloud efforts, he said.

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AWS Seeks to Support Space Startups With New Accelerator Program; Clint Crosier Quoted

Clint Crosier Director AWS

Amazon Web Services has launched a four-week program that seeks to provide technical, mentoring and business support and resources to space startups worldwide. AWS and investment group Seraphim will pick 10 companies to take part in the AWS Space Accelerator, which will take place in June and provide startups technical training to help them advance research and development efforts and growth initiatives using cloud.

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Edward Horowitz-Led CEA Space SPAC to Go Public to Raise $250M

Edward Horowitz Co-Chairman and CEO CEA Space Partners I

CEA Space Partners I, a special purpose acquisition company led by satellite industry veteran Edward Horowitz, plans to launch an initial public offering to raise $250 million in funds. The Tampa, Florida-based company intends to offer 25 million units consisting of a share of Class A common stock and a third of one redeemable warrant at a price of $10 per unit with plans to have them listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CEAS.U,“ according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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GDIT's Lyle Kellman: DEOS Cloud Tools Could Help Improve Interagency Collaboration, Security

Lyle Kellman Deputy Program Manager GDIT

Lyle Kellman, deputy program manager for Defense Enterprise Office Solutions at General Dynamics' information technology business, said migrating to cloud-based collaboration and productivity tools offered by the DEOS contract will help defense agencies reduce costs and improve user experience and interagency collaboration, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

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DARPA Announces Research Teams for Wideband Adaptive RF Protection Program

DARPA Wideband Adaptive RF Protection Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has named the research teams that will work on a program that seeks to develop technologies that could help mitigate interference for wideband radio frequency systems. The selected teams that will work on the Wideband Adaptive RF Protection program are BAE Systems, Raytheon Technologies and its Collins Aerospace business, Northrop Grumman, Indiana Microelectronics, L3Harris Technologies, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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AWS’ Dave Levy on Addressing Agencies' Need for Experience, Skills to Innovate With Cloud, Improve Mission Delivery

Dave Levy VP AWS

Dave Levy, vice president of U.S. government, nonprofit and healthcare businesses at Amazon Web Services and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, wrote in a guest piece published Wednesday on FedScoop how AWS works to help federal agencies address the challenge of keeping up with machine learning, edge computing and other transformational technologies and the need to train employees in order for them to take advantage of the capabilities that cloud offers to improve mission delivery.

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GDIT's Jim Matney: VMware, AWS Offerings on milCloud 2.0 Could Help DOD Agencies Speed Up Cloud Migration

Jim Matney VP and GM General Dynamics IT

Jim Matney of General Dynamics' information technology business said ease of use, security and cost are the reasons why the addition of VMware and Amazon Web Services offerings to the Defense Information Systems Agency's milCloud 2.0 platform could help defense agencies accelerate the migration of workloads to the cloud, GCN reported Tuesday.

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