Air Force to Reduce Physical Footprint Amid New Telework Norm; Maj. James Tyhurst Quoted

The U.S. Air Force has commenced efforts to minimize the physical footprint at facilities, as the service continues to implement teleworking. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) coordinated with installation leaders to gather data on unit space allocations, unit telework plans, building floor plans, building condition and mission dependency.

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Kenautics Gets DHS Funding to Develop Underwater Tracking Tech

Kenautics Inc. has secured $157,800 in funds from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Maritime Object Tracking Technology solicitation to build a tracking system for marking and monitoring objects underwater. The company proposed to repackage its handheld Diver Navigation and Imaging System into a ruggedized buoy that can be deployed from air, land or sea under harsh conditions. 

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Army Reorganizing TRADOC to Focus on Enterprise Multidomain Ops

Two units under the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) that managed counter-unmanned aerial system (UAS) programs will discontinue operations in a push to transition funds from counterinsurgency activities to large-scale, multidomain combat operations. The Army plans to terminate the operations of its Rapid Equipping Force (REF) and Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) by Sept. 31st, 2021. 

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CISA Issues Telework Security Toolkit

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a toolkit to help agencies, information technology teams and teleworking personnel ensure the security of systems and data amid remote work settings. In addition, CISA recommends that agencies establish a “cyber secure, hybrid culture” for remote work and enact policies that focus on human behavior and cyber hygiene basics.

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Navy Dept Creates Board to Lead Electromagnetic Battle Space Efforts

The Department of the Navy (DON) has established a board that would oversee the implementation of a strategy, doctrine and policy for electromagnetic warfare. The Electromagnetic Battle Space Governance Board (EMBS) will lead and guide the creation and application of these materials that would shape how DON pursues its EMBS enterprise, the department said Sept. 23rd.

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NIST Releases Draft Guidance on Data Integrity, Ransomware Protection

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft guidance to help agencies ensure the integrity of their data against ransomware threats in line with recognized cybersecurity requirements. The effort comes as part of NCCoE’s data integrity projects to improve understanding of architectures, capabilities and other resources to support a comprehensive data integrity strategy.

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Glenn Woroch Named FCC Chief Economist; Ajit Pai Quoted

Glenn Woroch, adjunct professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley, has joined the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve as chief economist for the next year. "I look forward to learning from his insights into various aspects of the Commission’s critical work," said Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC.

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Sens. Rob Portman, Gary Peters Propose Bill to Guide Gov’t Cybersecurity Allotments

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Gary Peters, D-Mich., have presented a bill to improve the U.S. government's cybersecurity investments. “This bipartisan legislation will help give federal agencies the information they need to make informed decisions about their cybersecurity budgets,” Portman said. The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Portman, assessed agencies to produce the report.

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CNSI Names Gaurav Maini as SVP, Managing Director; Todd Stottlemyer Quoted

CNSI has appointed Gaurav Maini as senior vice president and managing director for CNSI’s operations in Chennai, India. Maini will lead a team responsible for delivering innovative, secure, high-performance and scalable technology products in support of CNSI’s clients. “We are thrilled to have Gaurav on the CNSI team,” said Todd Stottlemyer, CEO of CNSI and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient.

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Hexagon US Federal Wins NGA CWS Contract to Support Source Directorate Mission; Tammer Olibah Quoted

Hexagon US Federal has been awarded a five year, $15 million Cartographic Web Service (CWS) contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). "We're proud to provide CWS as part of our NGA support as a critical element to the Source Directorate mission," said Tammer Olibah, CEO of Hexagon US Federal.

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