Contracts

Space acquisitions could see more 'discipline' from Biden pick

Frank Calvelli, the nominee for the first ever assistant secretary of the Air Force for space acquisition and integration, said better program management was key to keeping procurement on-time and on budget.

Companies

Russian hackers are hitting cleared defense contractors, security agencies warn

The two-year campaign targeted sensitive but unclassified information stored by defense contractors.

Companies

DOD bets on small businesses to improve industry competition

Part of the plan includes leaning in on other transaction agreements while increasing oversight of defense industry mergers and acquisitions.

Contracts

Former lead of CMMC resigns amid legal drama

Katie Arrington, who was previously the chief information security officer for acquisition and sustainment, has resigned from her post.

Contracts

DOD's testing chief wants cloud contracts to allow for more security checks

The Defense Department's Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation recommended commercial cloud contracts be renegotiated to include independent cyber assessments.

Contracts

CMMC gets a new home in the Pentagon

The Defense Department has shifted responsibility for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program for contractors to the DOD chief information officer.

Contracts

DIU boasts more rapid acquisition agreements but fewer new programs in 2021

The Defense Innovation Unit awarded out 72 new prototype contracts, but transitioned out only eight technologies – a dip compared to 2020.

Contracts

DISA preps for a diverse hybrid cloud environment

The Defense Information Systems Agency is experimenting with using commercial containers in data centers to help prepare for a multi-vendor, multi-capability cloud environment.

Contracts

New CMMC training to align with certification changes

Look for trainers working on the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program to realign their efforts to support recent changes to the certification process in 2022.

Senate defense committee delays NDAA markup

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman for the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that the committee would delay marking up the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act due to "uncertainty" in White House budget delivery.

GAO: DOD has to get a handle on future services spending

As the Defense Department looks to buy more services, it's going to need to come up with action plans to better account for spending in future years, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.

DOD used $16B in OTAs for COVID response

The Defense Pricing and Contracting Agency recorded more than $16 billion in other transaction agreements in 2020 as part of the Defense Department's response to the pandemic.

CMMC's final rule, training orgs expected this summer

A final rule on the Defense Department's unified cybersecurity standard could debut as soon as this summer but implementation hinges on standing up a formal training system.

Navy, Marines look for more virtual training

With recruits are under restricted movement orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19 , the Navy and Marine Corps are using a distributed learning environment where lessons to recruits are pushed to wireless devices.

How DOD's executive exodus could affect tech modernization

Back-to-back resignations raise concerns about how things will be run without permanent leadership in key areas from policy to tech development.

Booz Allen wins $87M DISA contract for classified mobile

The Defense Department’s IT support agency awarded Booz Allen Hamilton the new contract for classified mobile enterprise services for more than 4,000 users.

DOD finalizes cybersecurity standard for contractors

The Defense Department released the final Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification standard that all defense contractors will have to meet by 2026.

Esper's JEDI review continues

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he has no deadline for completing his review of DOD's planned $10 billion JEDI cloud buy.

DOD starts department wide review of admin agencies

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said a “defense-wide review process” to underway to evaluate administrative agencies, the so-called Fourth Estate.

Small business cuts coming amid NBIB merger

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, which is absorbing National Background Investigations Bureau expects to combine contracting offices and staff, while shrinking small business goals.

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