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02/25/2020
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Pentagon adopts AI principles

The Pentagon has officially adopted principles to guide its use of artificial intelligence, it announced Monday. The principles come from recommendations the Defense Innovation Board passed along last October to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. The framework focuses on ensuring the military can retain full control and understanding over how machines make decisions, Department of Defense IT leaders told reporters Monday. “We believe the nation that successfully implements AI principles will lead in AI for many years,” said Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, the director of the Joint AI Center. Jackson Barnett has more on the principles.


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The latest on JEDI

Amazon has accused the Department of Defense of cherrypicking the materials it has submitted for the record in the company's protest of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract. Lawyers for Amazon Web Services filed new documents in the case calling for the department to submit records pertinent to the lawsuit — to include memos, agendas and transcripts for informational meetings with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and his office, and informal documents, such as communication through email and other digital collaboration tools like Google Docs and Slack, that reflect the agency’s decision to award the JEDI contract to Microsoft last October. Meanwhile, the DOD is pressing the court to throw out key charges of political influence in Amazon’s protest, arguing that the company’s allegations are untimely and part of a “strategic gambit” it’s waging only now that it lost the contract. Billy Mitchell has more from the lawsuit.


How FedRAMP plans to automate

By the end of the fiscal year, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) wants to automate parts of its security authorizations. Anil Cheriyan, director of Technology Transformation Services, says that FedRAMP’s Program Management Office (PMO) is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a means of automating components of authorization, called the Open Security Controls Assessment Language (OSCAL). Using OSCAL, agencies will be able to expedite reviews of security authorization packages. “That’s our goal, so when we submit the request the information, the review of that information — all of that will be in OSCAL," Cheriyan says. Dave Nyczepir explains the plan.


Recorded Future scores Cyber Command OTA

U.S. Cyber Command awarded a $50 million contract for threat intelligence services to Recorded Future late last year. The work comes via a production-other transaction agreement after the two parties completed a successful prototype contract. The contract paves the way for Recorded Future to "provide real-time threat analysis to approved federal agencies on an expedited basis," says a release. Cyber Command will use the company's intelligence tools to support its operation and defense of the Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN). Billy has this one too.


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