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Nat’l Lab: Help Us Bring Homegrown Anti-Malware Tool to Market

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have patented a cybersecurity technology that uses an innovative technique to detect cyber threats. Their goal: find an industry partner to bring it to the commercial market.

Nine NGA Contracts Totaling $830M to Be Competed in FY 2019

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on Oct. 31 updated its business opportunities forecast for fiscal 2019.

The nine opportunities with projected request for proposals (RFP) releases this fiscal year could range in total value from about $460 million to more than $830 million.

New Congress Promises More Scrutiny of Trump IT Agenda

Leading Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are promising greater scrutiny of the Trump administration and its policies when they take over the majority in the 116th Congress. One item on the agenda appears to be the president’s approach to federal technology modernization.

What IBM’s $34B Red Hat Deal Means for Federal IT

International Business Machines Corp. shook up the technology world Oct. 28 when it announced its $34 billion acquisition of open-source software leader Red Hat Inc. The deal – the largest in IBM’s 107-year history – has the potential to reshape the cloud computing market and could affect federal agencies’ plans for modernizing their IT infrastructure.

Army Gears Up for Predictive Maintenance OTA Competition

The U.S. Army says it’s looking for ideas and feedback for a prototype predictive maintenance system for tanks, Stryker wheeled vehicles and attack helicopters. The system would be developed using an other transaction agreement (OTA) contracting approach, which simplifies the acquisition process.

Pentagon ‘Rebel Alliance’ Uses Hacking to Find Cyber Skywalkers

The Defense Department’s digital team is launching a series of new hacking-centric initiatives in the hopes of recruiting skilled cybersecurity professionals – from both outside the Pentagon and among its active-duty members.

Nearly 200 Vendors Win Slots on $37B Army Tech Services Contract

The U.S. Army announced on Oct. 18 that 198 additional companies had been awarded slots on its $37.4 billion multiple-award contract for professional services, known as Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3).

HHS to Deploy Blockchain Tool by Thanksgiving, Official Says

A Department of Health and Human Services pilot program that uses blockchain and machine learning to streamline the way it buys products and services is yielding positive initial results, according to HHS Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary Jose L. Arrieta.

Europe Is Top Destination for U.S. Arms Sales in Fiscal 2018

European countries were the top customers for proposed foreign arms sales by U.S. defense companies in fiscal 2018, according to the latest update of Bloomberg Government’s Foreign Military Sales Dashboard. The 2018 FMS notifications — representing a total of almost $70 billion in sales — don’t represent deals that have closed, just intended purchases by foreign nations.

Special Ops $350M Training Competition Details Out

FY 2019 Army Budget and Opportunities: Event Replay

The U.S. Army’s budgets and programs are focused on high-end combat capabilities with near-peer adversaries. While upgrades to its existing systems will be the short-term trend, investments in cutting-edge technologies — offensive and defensive cyber, artificial intelligence and autonomy — will become increasingly important.