Defense

Pentagon Launched New Innovation Steering Group

The announcement came during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing highlighting Defense budget tensions. 

Air Force Awards SBIR Contract for IoT Device Security

Phosphorus Cybersecurity will work with engineers at Joint Base San Antonio to secure devices operating on 5G networks.

DARPA Needs Help Securing Its Programs From Foreign Influence and Malicious Insiders

The agency works on the most advanced tech research on the planet, often with critical national security implications.

The Air Force Is Making an App That Basically Does What a General Does

The nascent app aims to generate options, recommendations, and mission orders.

Army Seeks Info on Biosurveillance Systems that Can Detect Coronavirus

The service wants off-the-shelf forecasting tools that could be part of a broader health-monitoring system.  

Army Awards SAIC $4B in Modeling and Simulation Contracts

The two contracts will support Army DEVCOM’s Aviation and Missile Center Software, Simulation, Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate.

DOD’s Cybersecurity Accreditation Body Open to Pursuing Grants as a Nonprofit 

Once the organization gains non-profit status from the IRS, the board’s chairman sees new funding opportunities opening up that he says could benefit industry.

DOD’s Vulnerability Disclosure Program for Contractors Is in Demand

The Defense Cyber Crime Center launched a pilot with “a few dozen” companies participating.

DOD Workforce Wants to Keep Telework Going Despite Early Hiccups

A Defense Department Inspector General report surveyed more than 56,000 employees about telework during the pandemic.

Army Wants to Automate Base Access With Facial Recognition at Drive-Thru Checkpoints

The proposed system uses a reliable form of facial biometric identification but would need to control for variables like weather and low light.

Pentagon AI Hub Issues $241M Data Readiness Contract

The government intends to issue multiple basic ordering agreements over a five-year performance period, according to solicitation documents.

DOD Concludes Review of First CMMC Certification Organization

The Accreditation Body in charge of the department’s developing certification program also has a notable new leader as others take their leave.

Why the Army Elevated Its Enterprise Cloud Office to Agency Status

Director Paul Puckett explained the move is a recognition that cloud computing is not a temporary project.

Microsoft to Produce Augmented Reality Headsets Under $21B Army Contract

The Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation system headset is based on Microsoft’s HoloLens gaming device.

GAO Dismisses IBM Bid Protest on $729 Million Task Order

The decision comes after the Army undertook multiple corrective action periods to address concerns mostly related to mapping of government personnel.

A Marine Logistics Base May Be the Warehouse of the Future

Virginia Tech researchers aim to use 5G networks to track items as they come and go.