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The Department of Defense plans to centralize the recruiting databases of its service branches into one system for cybersecurity and reduced duplication, according to a notice set to be posted on the Federal Register on October 16.






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FBI

FBI CIO Gordon Bitko announced on LinkedIn that Oct. 11 was his last day with the agency and will be joining the Information Technology Industry (ITI) Council as senior vice president of policy.






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White-hat hackers have scooped up $33,750 through Hack the Proxy, the eighth hacker-focused cyber challenge created through a partnership between the Defense Department (DoD) and HackerOne.






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The Department of Defense (DoD) is partnering with Defense Digital Service (DDS) and HackerOne to launch the second Hack the Army bug bounty challenge. The challenge, which will run from Oct. 9 to Nov. 8, encourages hackers to attack more than 60 publicly accessible web assets to improve the DoD’s cyber defenses.






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Nakasone US Cyber Command

Army Gen. Paul Nakasone – who heads both the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command – said today that the first focus of NSA’s recently launched Cybersecurity Directorate will be to shore up protection of companies that make up the nation’s Defense Industrial Base (DIB), and specifically to prevent the theft of intellectual property from DIB companies.






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Modernization, Army, cybersecurity, technology

The U.S. Navy announced on October 8 that it awarded the first portion of its Next Generation Enterprise Network Recompete (NGEN-R) contract to HPI Federal, with the company set to provide end-user hardware to the service branch.






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The Navy is looking at cybersecurity and IT support for its oceanography and meteorology units, with the goal of providing a full range of services for multiple bases, according to a request for information released October 3. Responses are due by October 28.






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The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is looking to invest in a few areas for artificial intelligence (AI) and are focusing more on capabilities within those areas, officials said today at the Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit.






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Air Force

The U.S. Air Force is looking for companies to support the service branch’s LevelUP program with cloud services and DevSecOps services that can enable the Air Force to develop new cyber capabilities, according to a solicitation released on FedBizOpps. The solicitation will close on October 17.






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Federal Cloud Flag

The Army Futures Command (AFC) has established cloud as a foundational part of its IT strategy, but is considering the possibility of moving all applications to its cloud-based Unified Data Environment, as noted in a request for information released October 1.






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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on Sept. 30 officially transferred the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to the Defense Department (DoD), a move that makes the Pentagon responsible for nearly all – about 95 percent – of government security clearance investigations.






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Acquisition

Criteria for acquisitions to use the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) process will be released on the Federal Register Oct. 2 and have been finalized for Department of Defense (DoD) agencies, according to an upcoming Federal Register post and a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released September 26.






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Navy seal

The Department of the Navy named Aaron Weis, senior advisor to Department of Defense (DoD) CIO Dana Deasy, as the Navy’s new CIO and principal staff assistant to the Secretary of the Navy on IT management, digital, data, and cyber strategy on September 27.






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Air Force

The United States Air Force (USAF) announced Air Force Explore, a call to action for “capability ideas that advance the transformational component of the Air Force Science and Technology 2030 strategy,” on Sept. 26. USAF anticipates awarding four to seven awards, each within the $1-2 million range.






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The Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA) is initiating a program that aims to accelerated distributed applications and improve network stack performance “by a factor of 100 through the creation of clean-slate networking approaches,” according to a Sept. 26 news release.






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