Air Force Space Command Supplier Oversight Flawed: IG Report (1)

Space Command failed to ensure contractors for missile launch warning satellites avoided defective or counterfeit components, Pentagon’s inspector general says in report.

Climate Funding Fight Pits House Against Senate Appropriators

Hundreds of millions of dollars for more than a dozen climate change programs, including scientific research, clean-energy investment and international aid, could be on the chopping block as lawmakers negotiate a fiscal 2019 spending deal later this year.

Cyber Expert Shortage Forces Fed Move to ‘Security as a Service’

By now, most federal technology leaders are probably familiar with terms like “infrastructure as a service,” “platform as a service,” and “software as a service,” referring to the three most common deployment models for cloud computing. But what about “Security Operations Centers as a service”?

Sauna With Russia Spies Shouldn’t Bar U.S. Deals, Kaspersky Says

Kaspersky Lab Inc. says Congress shouldn’t punish the company just because its founder had a weekly sauna rendezvous with Russian intelligence officials in the past. The Moscow-based software company has mounted a legal challenge to a provision in the fiscal 2018 defense policy law (Public Law 115-91) that bans it from receiving federal contracts. The U.S. has cited ties between company’s owner Eugene Kaspersky and the Russian military and intelligence officials for the prohibition.

North Korea’s missile-test pause has stopped Kim Jong Un from advancing to the last stages of ICBM development, Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says at a breakfast in Washington.

  • “Our assessment” is that North Korea has not yet closed the “last two pieces” of necessary ICBM technology, Selva says
  • Pause “has had an impact” of delaying final technical achievement needed, but “we don’t know what impact” pause has had on Kim’s “decision calculus” or “logic” as to whether to fire an even incomplete missile: Selva
    • “We have to assume he might shoot one” even with incomplete technologies, Selva says
  • “We have not seen a demonstration of a reliable reentry vehicle and we’ve not seen a demonstration of a reliable warning, firing and fusing system” necessary for a viable weapon: Selva
  • U.S. remains ready to intercept any ICBM missile, he says
  • If an ICBM was fired at the U.S., “we might actually make the choice not to shoot”; “based on what we know about the system and its trajectory,” U.S. may realize it’s not going to hit anything
  • Earlier, Jan. 30: N.Korea Hasn’t Yet Demonstrated Reliable ICBM: No.2 DOD Official
    (Updates with additional Selva comments, starting with first bullet)

MacAulay-Brown Buy Quadruples Alion’s IT Footprint

With its acquisition of MacAulay-Brown Inc., Alion Science & Technology Corp. positions itself to compete for upcoming artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and cloud contracts. Since fiscal 2014, MacB has won about four times as much information technology work with the federal government as Alion.

Washington Image Upgrade Worth $100,000 a Month for Cameroon

Cameroon, an African country where the government has been accused of torture and murder, has inked a seven-figure contract with Mercury Public Affairs. The Washington, D.C.-based firm will be paid $100,000 a month for “strategic consulting and management services, government relations/lobbying, and media issues management” until the end of July 2019, according to a disclosure report required under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.