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Weekly Debrief (2/8–12)

This week's Weekly Debrief covers AI on the ISS, DoD's AI efforts, NAVAIR's desire for cyber warfare capabilities, CMMC reciprocity, SolarWinds response leader named, and OMB nominee's pledge to prioritize IT modernization and cybersecurity.


NextGov – A Cloud-Connected, AI-Enabling Commercial Computer is Heading to the International Space Station

  • "Among the cargo scheduled to launch into orbit via Northrop Grumman’s resupply mission to the International Space Station on Feb. 20 will be Spaceborne Computer-2, or SBC-2: a Hewlett Packard Enterprise-made edge computing system set to enable in-space, commercial artificial intelligence and real-time data processing capabilities for the first time, HPE detailed Thursday."


FedNewsNet – DoD’s JAIC rolling out new contracts to speed up AI acquisition

  • "The Defense Department has made no secret about its ambitions to employ commercial advances in artificial intelligence in military systems. But adapting the government acquisition process to those technological developments is no small matter."

C4ISRNET – NAVAIR looking for emerging cyber research and development

  • "The Navy is searching for solutions from industry that can fill needed gaps in cyber warfare capabilities to secure weapon systems and exploit cyberspace. The Naval Air Systems Command Cyber Warfare Detachment is looking for white papers for research and development efforts on resilient cyber warfare capabilities, according to a Feb. 11 posting to a government contracting website."


FCW – CMMC reciprocity in sight for 2021

  • "The Defense Department is still figuring out how to save contractors money with its unified cybersecurity standard by authorizing reciprocity for mutliple government certification programs, but an answer could come by the end of the 2021 fiscal year."

AP – White House names SolarWinds response leader amid criticism

  • "After members of Congress criticized as “disorganized” the U.S. response to a massive breach of government departments and private corporations discovered late last year, the White House announced Wednesday that a senior national security official had been leading the effort since the first day of the Biden administration."


FedScoop – OMB nominee Tanden on technology: ‘We have a lot of work to do’

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