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Space expert recommends government buy remote sensing capabilities as service

The image resolution of commercial satellites has dramatically improved over the years, making commercial remote sensing capability a more important component of Defense Department and intelligence community needs. Todd Harrison, director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the U.S. government should buy as a service when it […]


Update makes Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification simpler for defense contractors, attorney says

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program has an update to reduce and streamline the system. Those changes could have big impacts for federal contractors. Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, said CMMC 2.0 is good news for contractors in that new self-certification measures could lower costs and there is more reliance on existing […]


Changes to CMMC likely not enough to keep defense contractor networks secure, former CIA official says

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program is meant to improve the network security of defense contractors, but following an internal review, the Pentagon is making changes and rolling out Version 2.0. Ron Marks, president of ZPN Cyber and National Security Strategies, former Central Intelligence Agency official and intelligence advisor to two Senate majority leaders, […]


Biden’s small business federal contracting goal “doable” but difficult, former acquisition leader says

The General Services Administration (GSA) wants to boost small business opportunities in government by showcasing ways for those companies to engage in the federal market. GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan says GSA is “setting the bar” by incorporating the White House’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility goals into all of the agency’s work. Jim Williams, partner […]


Impact and scope of defense contractor vaccine refusals not yet known, says Pentagon reporter

Defense contractors are bracing for a loss of a portion of their workforce as a result of the Covid-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors. That loss could negatively impact the Pentagon in the long term. Valerie Insinna, reporter for Breaking Defense, said it is unknown how many employees are refusing the vaccine and probably will […]


CISA’s new request for information is unclear, says former CIA chief information security officer

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has a new request for information (RFI) asking the private sector for feedback to improve network endpoint detection and response (EDR). Bob Bigman, Founder of 2Bsecure and former chief information security officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, said the RFI is somewhat confusing and does not clearly specify […]


Continuing resolution presents major challenge for small businesses, says federal acquisition expert

The White House has passed a temporary funding bill that will run through early December. The bill will affect current acquisition projects underway and those planning to get started this fiscal year. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, said the continuing resolution can be a real challenge for small federal contracting companies, which […]


NASA deputy administrator: “We’re going back to the moon to stay this time”

For nine years in a row, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been rated the best place to work in government. It is sending people back to the moon and eventually to Mars. Col. Pam Melroy (USAF, ret.), deputy administrator of NASA, said the Apollo program proved going to the moon was possible […]

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