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Air Force expands technology accelerator partnership with Techstars

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 days ago

In this second iteration, sponsored by BAE Systems, the tech bootcamp program will be accepting companies with "commercially viable" anti-drone technologies like sensors and computer vision to "identify" and "mitigate" unmanned systems.

The Defense Innovation Board wants to help the military recognize ‘agile BS’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

A new guide aims to help leadership distinguish between substance and hype.

VA, DOD leaders commit to ‘seamlessly integrated electronic health record’

by Billy Mitchell • 4 days ago

A new joint letter reinforces "both departments’ commitment to ensuring the successful transition from a legacy patient-data system to a modernized one that will continue to support active-duty service members, Veterans and their families."

Army officials are on the hunt for more cyber talent

by Carten Cordell • 4 days ago

"At the end of the day, it’s people that are going to make us successful," Brig. Gen. Richard Angle says. One avenue is direct hire authority.

Army Futures Command is key to retooling military, Shanahan says

by Carten Cordell • 5 days ago

The Pentagon's No. 2 called on the defense community to support the brand-new command as it works to modernize the military's approach to great-power competition.

IBM is protesting the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract, too

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 5 days ago

The company is the second to file a pre-award protest against the $10 billion contract solicitation.

Weapon systems widely vulnerable to hacking, GAO report says

by FedScoop Staff • 5 days ago

The report lays the blame on "nascent understanding" of cybersecurity by key officials and says the Pentagon has only recently set its priorities to meet the challenge.

Google drops out of $10B JEDI competition

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The tech giant removed itself from competition for the DoD’s hotly contested cloud contract, citing ethical concerns about the use of artificial intelligence.

Cerner taps 24 subcontractors to support $10B Veterans EHR modernization

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

The team will be built around seven "core team" companies: Leidos, Guidehouse, Accenture, Henry Schein Inc., AbleVets LLC, MicroHealth and ProSource360.

GSA taps two vendors for SBIR Phase III pilot contracts

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Agency officials offered details on the $152.2 million in contracts they recently awarded as part of a new research & development pilot program.

Hack the Marine Corps awards more than $151K in bug bounties

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Ethical hackers uncovered more than 150 vulnerabilities, netting more than $151,000 in awards during the two-week cyber challenge.

NGA embraces the promise of AI, but not without the humans to match

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

A tsunami of data is driving the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's embrace not only of AI, but also its pursuit of more data scientists.

CSRA wins potential $95M contract to provide commercial cloud for Navy

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

CSRA, now a subsidiary of General Dynamics IT, will provide commercial cloud capabilities from multiple services providers, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, to the Navy at Impact Levels 2, 4 and 5.

Air Force awards $121M in Enterprise IT-as-a-Service ‘experiments’

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

AT&T won the first of the two awards worth $87.4 million through an other transaction agreement (OTA). Microsoft received the second, another OTA worth $34.4 million.

DOD selects team with U.K. to tackle AI research

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

The DOD announced Tuesday the selection of a bilateral team of researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom for the Bilateral Academic Research Initiative.

Navy leans on Seattle’s tech community to hack maritime challenges

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

The service sponsored HACKtheMACHINE this past weekend in Seattle to gather the best and brightest in tech to take a look at some of the Navy's biggest digital challenges.

DIU chooses ex-Presidential Innovation Fellow to fill director role

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

Michael Brown will assume the role that Raj Shah left in February.

Air Force seeks innovative tech to improve pilot training

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

AFWERX is running a challenge to get ideas that will shape the second iteration of Pilot Training Next, an initiative designed to help the service train new aviators faster but with the same quality.

GSA, Marine Corps form new council to streamline IT modernization

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

Officials said they created a new council to find new acquisition methods for IT modernization, supply chain operations and cost efficiencies.

Jeff Bezos pushes government to buy commercial for ‘auto-magic’ benefits

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

When agencies buy commercial capabilities, Bezos said, they "keep improving kind of ‘auto-magically’ without any effort."

Senate bill would create the National Defense Accelerator Network

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

It's unclear how the proposed network would interact with and complement existing programs.

Pentagon No. 2 calls cybersecurity ‘the expectation’ as DOD releases new cyber strategy

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

"We're in a new world, and security is the standard, it's the expectation, it's not something that's above and beyond what we've done before," Patrick Shanahan said.

Navy launches hardware portion of $3.5B NGEN recompete contract

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

NGEN-R is set to be one of the largest federal IT contracts in 2018.

Who’s really accountable for interoperability of DOD, VA e-health records?

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

“In the past situations, what we’ve seen historically is that when everyone is responsible, no one is responsible," said GAO's Carol Harris. "I think that’s what has led us to where we are today."

Army leadership talks up new Futures Command on Capitol Hill

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 month ago

Futures Command leaders addressed concerns from lawmakers in a hearing Thursday.

DARPA announces $2 billion in funding for ‘AI Next’ campaign

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month ago

The goal is to get the technology into its "third wave," where it begins to adapt to changing situations more in the way human intelligence does.

DOD CIO Deasy: The CAC is here to stay ‘for the foreseeable future’

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

According to Dana Deasy, the Pentagon's common access card isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

IC leaders want AI to be your coworker, not your replacement

by Carten Cordell • 1 month ago

Intelligence leaders want analysts to see AI as a "powerful sidecar," but its adoption is not without its hurdles.

DOD extends deadline for JEDI contract proposals to October

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The Pentagon has extended the deadline for proposals for its $10 billion JEDI commercial cloud acquisition by about three weeks.

DOD needs your help migrating agencies to milCloud 2.0

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

DISA wants a contractor to help it save time and money moving agencies to milCloud2.0.

Wilkie: VA and DOD ‘will be joined from the hip’ on EHR rollout

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The secretary of Veterans Affairs said “from here on out, DOD and VA will be joined from the hip" on EHR implementation.

Expansion of mobile offerings is big business for DISA

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

DOD Mobility Portfolio Manager Jake Marcellus talks to FedScoop about DISA's expansion of its unclassified mobile service offerings.

Army’s newest command looks to the future from downtown Austin

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

Gen. John Murray will lead Army Futures Command after receiving a fourth star. It's the latest move by the military to grow its presence in the Texas capital.

Artificial intelligence is the heart of CIO Dana Deasy’s plan to modernize the DOD

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Dana Deasy said the Pentagon is embarking on the third wave of AI, when "computers will no longer be seen as tools but instead as a partner."

Navy partners with Carnegie Mellon to encourage development of AI skills

by FedScoop Staff • 2 months ago

The five-year education partnership agreement will "enable CMU students and employees to enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment—and new innovative, technological methods."

WMD defense agency awards $435M IT contract

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The Department of Defense’s key agency for combating weapons of mass destruction obtained a series of core IT services in the potential five-year contract.

Pentagon hires first chief data officer

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

Michael Conlin stepped into the role this summer.

Air Force awards Leidos sole-source $63M IT, telecommunications contract

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

Leidos secured a bridge contract to provide Air Force and DOD installations in the National Capital Region with IT and telecommunications services.

Marines launch bug bounty at Las Vegas event

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The Hack the Marine Corps program launched Aug. 12 with a live hacking event in Las Vegas.

DISA wants to standardize metrics for commercial cloud contracts across government

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, DISA issued a request for information asking for industry feedback on the types of metrics federal agencies should include in commercial cloud SLAs.

Eastern Foundry team wins SBIR grants to boost Air Force procurement

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

For the past year the team has been building two internal tech products — Assembly and Hunting Party.

DISA names Barnhart new chief of staff

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The new chief of staff encouraged personnel to “come armed” with ideas on how to improve DISA’s relationship with its mission partners.

Pentagon set to recompete enterprise data storage contract for $639M

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The Enterprise Storage Solutions (ESS) III is a $639 million follow-on contract for "on-demand storage capabilities" across the Defense Department.

‘No longer an experiment’ — DIUx becomes DIU, permanent Pentagon unit

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

"Though DIU will continue to experiment with new ways of delivering capability to the warfighter, the organization itself is no longer an experiment," said the deputy secretary of Defense.

Air Force wants to experiment with consolidating service desk, device management

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Experiments at up to 20 of 187 bases globally will "leverage commercially owned and operated IT services at those bases to learn and adjust before transitioning to the rest of the AF starting in 2020."

BAE Systems gets $5.2M DARPA contract to develop advanced cyberdefense tools

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 2 months ago

BAE Systems will be tasked with developing tools that identify and fight off threats on networks that are too big and complex to defend using traditional cybersecurity tools.

DOD’s JEDI cloud acquisition gets its first protest

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

DOD's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud acquisition "virtually assures DOD will be locked into legacy cloud for a decade or more," the company argues.

Pentagon bans use of location-tracking tech in operational areas

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

"These geolocation capabilities can expose personal information, locations, routines, and numbers of DoD personnel, and potentially create unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission," says the new guidance.

Army CIO Crawford has one question on network modernization: How?

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

"I think probably the most important thing you can expect from the Army is a clear-eyed and sober dialogue with you and in collaboration on the 'how,'" Bruce Crawford said.

U.S. Coast Guard has its eye on Pentagon’s JEDI cloud

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

“We’re watching closely JEDI and what the DOD is doing there,” Adm. Karl Schultz said.

DISA expands availability of its mobile management service

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The cost for the service is now $4.31 per device, per month, down from $7.54.

3 tech companies secure a $550M software deal with Navy

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

A trio of software and technology companies will supply the Department of Defense with cybersecurity and data protection solutions through 2023.

DOD wants $240M refresh of its high-performance computing capabilities

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The Department of Defense is looking to refresh its high-performance computing capabilities in a new $240 million contract.

Booz Allen lands $885M Pentagon AI contract

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 months ago

The company will be helping the DOD deal with the "unprecedented amounts" of reconnaissance data that exist in our modern world.

Army in search of new cyber capabilities to defend its networks

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

The Army issued a request for information in search of potential cybersecurity, risk management and cybersecurity system engineering services in the cloud.

Pentagon adds $1B to EHR price tag to ensure interoperability with VA

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 months ago

The agency added another $1.1 billion to its ongoing $4.3 billion contract.

The Pentagon opens JEDI cloud for bidding, still as a single award contract

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

After months of delays and contentious debate among industry, DOD issued the final request for proposals Thursday for its JEDI contract.

Marines get historic new CIO, Lorna Mahlock

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Mahlock was the first African-American woman nominated to serve as a brigadier general in the Marine Corps, and now she's the Corps' first female CIO.

CIO Dana Deasy sets plan to secure DOD websites

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

DOD has been working to bring trust certificates and encryption across its public domains up to speed with industry standards for the past two to three years, Deasy wrote in a July 20 letter.

Amazon ‘unwaveringly committed’ to government customers despite employee protests, Teresa Carlson says

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

“We are unwaveringly in support of our law enforcement, defense and intelligence community," Teresa Carlson said.