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DHS Unveils Strategic Approach to Safeguard Critical Infrastructure, Supply Chain From Chinese Threats

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The Department of Homeland Security has created a strategy outlining its measures to address threats Chinese activity poses to the U.S.' immigration, critical infrastructure and cybersecurity, trade and maritime defense operations. DHS said Wednesday its Strategic Action Plan applies input from the department's China Working Group and the department intends to continue its partnership with key stakeholders to confront national security challenges.

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Forcepoint’s Sean Berg Suggests Zero Trust, Behavioral Analytics, Continuous Monitoring Combination for Gov’t Cybersecurity

Sean Berg President

TYSONS CORNER, VA, January 13, 2021 — Sean Berg, president of Forcepoint's global governments and critical infrastructure business, has said combining a zero-trust architecture, continuous monitoring tools and behavioral analytics would allow agencies to authenticate users and prevent unauthorized network access, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.

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Idemia Affiliate Secures USPS Access Identity Verification Contract; Andrew Boyd Quoted

Andrew Boyd CEO Idemia NSS

Idemia's national security solutions affiliate has received a contract to help the U.S. Postal Service and its law enforcement arm verify the identities of post office customers nationwide. Andrew Boyd, CEO of Idemia NSS, said the partnership seeks to leverage agency infrastructure to increase public access to identity verification and assurance services.

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GSA to Remove Non-Defense Innovation Unit-Approved Drones From Multiple Award Schedules

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The General Services Administration will remove from Multiple Award Schedules contracts unmanned aircraft systems and other drones to address potential security risks associated with the use of such devices. The decision does not cover drones approved by the Defense Innovation Unit under the Blue sUAS program, which seeks to provide the Department of Defense and federal agencies with trusted and secure small drones.

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White House Establishes National AI Initiative Office; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios, U.S. CTO

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has established the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, which will advance artificial intelligence research and policymaking across government, industry and academia. “The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office will be integral to the federal government’s AI efforts for many years to come," said Michael Kratsios, chief technology officer of the U.S. and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

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Booz Allen Execs to Discuss AI Integration Across Federal Defense & Intelligence Sectors

Booz Allen Hamilton executives Steve Escaravage, senior vice president, and Graham Gilmer, principal, will discuss how to advance technology at speed as well as how private-public partnerships are critical to maintaining the competitive advantage within the technology race during Potomac Officers Club’s 3rd Annual Artificial Intelligence Summit on March 30th. 

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Navy Launches Rolling Admissions for $50B SeaPort Next Generation IDIQ

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The U.S. Navy has issued a new solicitation to expand the current of pool of vendors competing for task orders under the potential 10-year, $50B SeaPort Next Generation contract vehicle for professional services. The service has launched a rolling admissions process for the SeaPort NxG indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract and will accept proposals from new companies through Feb. 12.

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Boomi’s Alan Lawrence: Federal IT Modernization Key to Improve Data Security, Engagement & Mission Outcomes

Alan Lawrence VP of Federal Boomi

Alan Lawrence, vice president of federal at Dell Technologies' (NYSE: DELL) Boomi business, said government agencies should shift their focus from maintaining legacy information technology systems and applications to advancing IT modernization to improve data security, employee and customer engagement and mission outcomes.

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Raytheon, Palantir Secure Tech Maturation OTAs Under Army’s Tactical Ground System Modernization Program

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The U.S. Army has awarded a Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) business unit and Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) separate other transaction agreements worth $17M combined to mature system design and software for the branch's expeditionary intelligence ground station modernization effort, Signal Magazine reported Monday.

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