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Weekly Debrief (6/7–11)

This week's Weekly Debrief covers the Biden administration's spending plans, Defense software issues, CMMC costs, joint DoD/VA medical center, Space Force digital workforce, and DoD wants funding for weapons cybersecurity.



Small Business


CBS News – As the Biden administration pushes major spending, small businesses fear "missing out"

  • "After a decade of pursuing federal contracts, small business owner Rosemary Swierk knows they're not all worth the substantial time, energy and money — sometimes five figures — it takes to bid."


Cyber


NextGov – Pentagon Weapons Programs Still Struggle to Use Modern Software Practices, Watchdog Says

  • "Defense Department weapon systems programs may be turning to cutting-edge software development and cybersecurity practices more than ever but their implementation has been spotty, according to a new watchdog report."

NationalDefenseMag – VIEWPOINT: The Pitfalls of Factoring in Security and CMMC Costs

  • "The need to elevate security as a primary metric in Defense Department acquisitions — along with cost, schedule and performance — will invariably require that the government’s perspectives on procurement costs be recalibrated."


Health


NextGov – Joint DOD-VA Medical Center Will Be Major Test for Electronic Health Record Interoperability

  • "The joint effort to deploy a single, interoperable electronic health record for the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will soon get its most visible test since the program began six years ago: deploying at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, a joint facility used by both agencies."


Defense


FCW – Space Force focuses on building a digital workforce

  • "The U.S. Space Force is focusing on building its cadre of coders amid a workforce boom with more interested applicants than available positions, according to the branch's chief of space operations."

DefenseNews – DoD wish list seeks more funds to boost Pacific missile defense, weapons cybersecurity

  • "Should additional money become available on top of the recently released fiscal 2022 budget request, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and the Missile Defense Agency would like to use it to boost defense against ballistic missile threats in the Pacific, according to a wish list sent to Congress and obtained by Defense News."


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