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SITE III awards are here

The Defense Intelligence Agency this week awarded its Solutions for Information Technology Enterprise (SITE III) contract to 144 vendors, most of which are small businesses. The 10-year contract is worth up to $12.6 billion and comprises a broad range of IT work, from basic planning and project management to application development, cybersecurity, connectivity and network services, and enterprise computing, storage and cloud services. Billy Mitchell has more on the contract.

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5G in space?

The U.S. military has been bullish about 5G development on Earth. Now, the Air Force wants to think about bringing it to space. In a new request for information, the service says adding space-based transport layers of the next-generation network could expand the military’s ability to move data, communicate and support enterprise networks with more bandwidth. Jackson Barnett has the scoop.

DOD plugs away with EHR deployment

The Department of Defense added another 6,000 users to its modern electronic health record recently while deploying the new cloud-based system at medical centers in California. The latest wave of new users and centers with access to the technology brings the total to 20,000 users at 20 facilities across the Military Health Service (MHS) — a more than 30% increase. More from Jackson.

CIOs, CXOs working more closely at some agencies

CIOs and their customer experience officer (CXO) counterparts are working more collaboratively, according to a few officials in CXO roles. But largely, CIOs still serve as advisers on CX projects, they said. Dave Nyczepir has more.

Will Biden revive federal smart-city funding?

The federal government was “largely idle” in helping cities across the U.S. develop smart civic technologies under the Trump administration, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. But there is an opportunity for Congress and President Joe Biden to jumpstart a new era of research into emerging mobility, energy and artificially-intelligent civic tools, said Colin Cunliff, an author of the ITIF report. “The U.S. is already investing large amounts, billions of dollars every year in transportation infrastructure. Let’s make that smart infrastructure,” he said." StateScoop's Ryan Johnston has more.

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