The U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) is opening up a contest to highlight servicemember and civilian ideas, inventions, and processes aimed at finding new solutions to military problems. The contest, called Innovation Oasis, is a “Shark Tank”-like innovation competition where USCENTCOM will select on October 12 the five best ideas with the greatest potential to improve operations, policy, or the lives of troops.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is looking to spend close to $100 million for new machine learning and high-performance computing capabilities to help improve the military’s awareness of potential threats in the space domain, according to a broad agency announcement (BAA) updated on Aug. 11.

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The United States Army said in a recent solicitation that it’s interested in engineering services for a project to provide soldiers with integrated, latest-generation technologies for training and combat purposes.

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Mark Hakun, Deputy CISO at the Department of Defense (DoD), retired late last month after 34 years of working in both military and Federal civilian capacities, according to a LinkedIn posting by John Sherman, chief information officer at DoD.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) is failing to track the continued progress of the military’s development of Global Positioning System (GPS) alternatives and lacks key information to make decisions on funding those initiatives, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The GAO report – published last week – explained that the U.S. Air Force’s […]

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Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks reminded Pentagon leadership in an August 3 memo that records retention requirements under Federal law are a “solemn responsibility,” and that going forward all data on Defense Department (DoD) provisioned mobile devices will be captured and saved when devices are turned in by their users.

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Jay Ribeiro, the chief information security officer (CISO) at the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, plans to step down on August 26 after serving in the post since September 2018.

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has announced that Abraham Denmark will serve as his senior advisor on the tech-heavy Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) security partnership.

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A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report details how the Department of Defense (DoD) still has only been able to meet 11 out of the 14 key requirements for its Federal Cloud Computing Strategy (FCCS).

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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced an extension of its Thunderdome Prototype zero trust security project, increasing the total length of the pilot program to 12 months with a new  expected completion date in January 2023.

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Federal agencies are increasingly sharing information with one another with both connected and disconnected applications, while trying to be more security conscious and reevaluating approaches to building software and other tech important for securing the homeland, officials said on July 20.

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The FBI is seeking input from equipment manufacturers for the evaluation of state-of-the-art network devices to support the agency’s aim for a network infrastructure technology refresh focused on digital transformation to an advanced, intelligent, and active architecture.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced its 2022 class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows (VBFF) – made up of nine distinguished faculty scientists and engineers – to advance transformative, university-based fundamental research.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo pleaded with congressional leadership today for quick action to approve COMPETES Act legislation – also known as the Bipartisan Innovation Act – that has been hung up for several weeks in a House-Senate conference committee.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Department of the Treasury (DoT) released an advisory on July 6 that attributes ransomware attacks launched against healthcare and public health (HPH) organizations to North Korean state-sponsored organizations.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that 60 minority-serving institutions will be given awards totaling $28.5 million as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2022 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) Research and Education Program.

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The United States Air Force (USAF) has awarded 27 companies – both small and large firms –  spots on an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) multiple-award contract worth up to $950 million in support of the Air Force’s role in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) battlefield strategy.

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The U.S. Marine Corps has published its latest doctrine on information which focuses on how the Marines utilize information in warfighting scenarios, and emphasizes the importance of information being “as powerful a tool as any weapon system in our military arsenal.”

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The U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the Department of Defense (DoD) are planning to create a university affiliated research center (UARC) – which will be DoD’s 15th UARC effort but its first associated with an historically Black college or university (HBCU), and also the first UARC for the U.S. Air Force. 

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BAE Systems has been awarded a five-year contract worth $699 million by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help operate and maintain a network of high-performance computers that are used for scientific and engineering endeavors.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) published its Responsible Artificial Intelligence (RAI) Strategy and Implementation Pathway (S&I) today, providing a clear path forward for the Pentagon’s AI efforts.

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