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07/28/2020
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DOD's cyber roadmap

The Pentagon has been instructed to start thinking long and hard about the cybersecurity capabilities it will need in the near-, mid-, and long-term. In a new request for information, the undersecretary of Defense for research and engineering is asking for help building out a roadmap of science and technology activities related to advances in cybersecurity over the next 25 years. The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act directs DOD to develop the roadmap in consultation with department’s CIO, the secretaries of the military services, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, director of the Defense Digital Service and other top Pentagon leaders. Billy Mitchell has more on the roadmap.


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SOCOM looks to combat disinformation in Africa

Special Operations Command Africa is the first unit to take advantage of a new five-year, $66 million Phase III Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract to combat disinformation. SOCAFRICA will use the governmentwide contract, awarded to IST Research by the General Services Administration last week, to continually engage the African population where it’s operating, understand sentiment, and determine if its own efforts to communicate affect the information environment. “There is an enormous machine of disinformation happening in that continent,” IST CEO Ryan Paterson told FedScoop. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.


Democrats plead for TMF injection

Democratic lawmakers are making their case to House leadership for why “robust funding” is vital in the next coronavirus relief package for the Technology Modernization Fund. “The fate of the world’s largest economy and millions of American households rely on the ability of government IT systems to deliver in an emergency,” says a letter signed by 11 House Democrats. “In many respects, those IT systems have not delivered during the pandemic and that should galvanize us all to action.” More from the letter.


Marine Corps testing "ultra wideband" 5G

The Marine Corps is taking the latest foray into the military's adoption of 5G communications technology, this time testing ultra wideband 5G. Conducted in partnership with Verizon, the service will launch the new testbed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar near San Diego, which is home to 15,000 service members as well as the 3rd Marine Air Wing. The Marine Corps plans to test how 5G can enable future smart bases that are more protected, resilient, and supported by autonomous transportation vehicles. It is the first ultra wideband test on a military installation, according to the news release. More from Jackson Barnett.


WATCH: Federal leaders talk election security and more

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