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Cybersecurity and Defense Technology

May 26, 2021

Lockheed Martin this week confirmed it proposed its TPY-X radar for the Air Force's Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar recompete effort and has begun work under a new integration contract the service awarded the company in March.

May 24, 2021

The Pentagon is formally delaying by seven months the final acquisition milestone for the GPS Next Generation Operational Control Segment, a move that consumes a majority of the $6.2 billion program's remaining schedule margin as part of the continuing fallout from a key OCX supplier spinning off a business to a Chinese-owned company.

May 24, 2021

Final regulations for the Pentagon's cyber certification program are expected in the fall with potentially substantial policy and structural changes, says contracting attorney Robert Metzger, who suggests adjustments to the interim final rule make sense given the intense scrutiny on the program and leadership changes at DOD.

May 24, 2021

The Biden administration will send its fiscal year 2022 defense budget request to Congress on Friday, setting the stage for debates on spending levels, modernization priorities and the potential divestiture of weapon systems deemed unsuitable for competition with China, the Pentagon's "pacing challenge."

May 20, 2021

The General Services Administration will allow civilian federal agencies to decide whether to include requirements from the Pentagon's cyber certification program in individual contracts that utilize GSA offerings for facilitating their information technology purchases.

May 19, 2021

An official appointed by President Biden now has direct oversight of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, as the Defense Department prepares to potentially make "significant modifications" to the nascent effort.

May 19, 2021

The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program needs to do more to help small businesses reach compliance, senators said Tuesday at a hearing on cybersecurity in the defense industrial base.

May 18, 2021

A recent two-week Army aviation exercise at Dugway Proving Ground, UT, showcased the service's aviation capabilities and technologies ahead of Project Convergence this fall, Army officials told reporters yesterday.

May 13, 2021

Christine Wormuth, President Biden's pick for Army secretary, said today during her Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing that if confirmed she would be open to creating a cyber reserve program for the service.

May 13, 2021

The Biden administration has released an executive order in response to recent supply chain attacks with an immediate focus on securing federal networks through prevention and mitigation measures and incentivizing the commercial software market to improve its security practices.

May 12, 2021

The Chief of Space Operations today revealed a once-classified Ground Moving Target Indicator satellite program, and said he sees a growing opportunity for the Space Force to contribute to the tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission.

May 12, 2021

Training committee chair Ben Tchoubineh this week departs the accreditation body responsible for establishing an assessment ecosystem for the Pentagon's cyber certification program, and says he's leaving behind a solid foundation for the training of assessors and the preparation of future instructors.

May 11, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks is directing a series of reviews starting this summer on the Defense Department's progress toward becoming a "data-centric organization," including an assessment of the DOD chief data officer position.

May 10, 2021

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights roadblocks to developing alternate positioning, navigation and timing capabilities and recommends the Defense Department do a better job of coordinating authorities, increase its focus on resiliency and clarify PNT requirements.

May 6, 2021

Army leaders in charge of modernizing the tactical network are leveraging commercial technologies, such as communications satellites and federated data fabrics and are working toward network convergence while developing the service's next capability set.

April 30, 2021

Matthew Travis, CEO of the accreditation body for assessors under the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, says he plans to review the organization's code of ethics policy over the next few months and make changes to increase transparency over decision-making.

April 30, 2021

The Defense Department's decision to push back the timing of its first pilot contracts with Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification requirements is creating concerns over the feasibility of meeting deadlines established for the current fiscal year, according to stakeholders.

April 29, 2021

The projected launch timeline for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Navigation Technology Satellite-3 has been pushed from 2022 to 2023 due to a schedule change from the program's rideshare partner.

April 28, 2021

The Pentagon is making changes to its rollout schedule for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, due to issues with getting assessment organizations that will conduct audits for contractors fully credentialed by the Defense Department, according to a DOD official overseeing the pilots.

April 28, 2021

By early June, the majority of the Defense Department's workforce will have access to a new cloud-based productivity suite that allows for remote work, according to acting DOD Chief Information Officer John Sherman.