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AI "to-go"

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on what it calls an artificial intelligence “to-go” delivery model to assist its medical centers during the coronavirus pandemic. Gil Alterovitz, director of AI, said the department is developing embeddable AI modules that efficiently integrate across different systems. “Similarly, when you think about cutting-edge AI, many times it takes years for it to be developed and to lead to actual care,” he said. “And so we’re looking at: How do you cut that time? How do you allow for it to be developed in this kind of scalable, modular model?” Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

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Navy's new director of information warfare

The Navy has a new director of information warfare: Rear Adm. Kathleen Creighton. Her designation to head the directorate, referred to as N2/N6F, follows a long career in the Navy’s telecommunications and cyber world. Creighton currently serves as the head of the Navy’s cybersecurity division and played a pivotal role in the boost of teleworking capabilities at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. She also worked on the Joint Staff’s command, control, communications and computer systems team. Jackson Barnett has more on Creighton.

Verizon's EIS protest denied

Verizon’s protest of the use of lowest price, technically acceptable (LPTA) source selection for telecommunications services under the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) telecom and network modernization contract has been denied. The Government Accountability Office concluded that "none of the protester’s disagreements with the agency’s judgement demonstrate that the use of LPTA award criteria is unreasonable here," despite recent policies that move the Department of Defense to try to avoid such source selection when acquiring information technology. Dave has more from the protest.

"Horizon scanning" for VA's next cyber tools

The Department of Veterans Affairs is thinking differently about how it can improve its cybersecurity posture. In a new request for information, the department is exploring the possibility of bringing on a managed service provider that can horizon scan for emerging technologies that can enhance its network protection and cyber tools to “protect Veteran data against malicious cyber adversaries.” In particular, the agency wants "the ability to "recognize impactful and disruptive trends by tracking emerging technologies and thought leaders across the ecosystem of startups and venture capital investments." Jackson has the RFI.

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