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Weekly Debrief (10/26–30)

As we fall back into the swing of things, this week's Weekly Debrief covers news of an "imminent" ransomware attack against hospitals, how the Space Force and Space Command fit into DoD's cyber plans, state and local procurement issues, the DEOS contract, and Pentagon's hypersonic weapons plans.


NextGov – HHS, FBI, CISA Warn Hospitals of ‘Imminent’ Ransomware Attacks

  • ​"The Health and Human Services Department, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI warn hospitals face an imminent threat from cybercriminals that encrypt and hold their data hostage—and some health care facilities are already dealing with the fallout."

C4ISRNET – Where do Space Force and Space Command fit into the Pentagon’s cyber plans?

  • ​"The Pentagon is trying to determine how its two newest space entities - Space Command and Space Force - will fit into the Department of Defense’s cyber architecture. There are no plans - or subsequent authorities - for Space Force to provide personnel to the cyber mission force, which feeds up to U.S. Cyber Command, a Space Force spokesperson told C4ISRNET."

State & Local

Route Fifty – What’s at Stake for Local Governments in the Presidential Election

  • ​"President Trump has publicly feuded with Democratic city leaders, but receives higher marks from many county officials and some Republican mayors. Former Vice President Joe Biden pledges local leaders of all political stripes will get his support."


FedScoop – DEOS re-awarded to GDIT at a discount after prolonged procurement battle

  • ​"The General Services Administration re-awarded the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) contract for cloud-based email and collaboration tools across the Department of Defense to General Dyanimc IT-owned CSRA LLC on Friday, following a drawn-out procurement battle."

DefenseNews – To gain an edge on hypersonic weapons, the Pentagon wants more help from universities

  • "As the Pentagon races to develop hypersonic weapons, it is turning to universities for help on speeding up the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the field. The Defense Department on Oct. 26 tapped Texas A&M University to create and manage a University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics."

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