From the outer space environment of the moon to the virtual realm of cyberspace, technology challenges have the potential to vex the intelligence community. Many of the tools that the community is counting on to accomplish its future mission can be co-opted or adopted by adversaries well-schooled in basic scientific disciplines. So U.S. intelligence officials must move at warp speed to develop innovations that give them an advantage over adversaries while concurrently denying foes the use of the same innovations against the United States.
For more than a decade, the U.S. Army has been improving the Logistics Information Systems Network, which is specifically designed to sustain and maintain warfighters deployed across the globe. However, although the technology has far exceeded the service’s goals, today’s management practices are almost identical to those used when the network was created in 2004. With the increase in cybersecurity policies and advances in capabilities, the need for highly trained, designated network and systems administration personnel has become abundantly clear, and the requirement for better management processes even more evident.
Dell Federal Systems, Round Rock, Texas, was awarded a firm fixed order for $82,895,710 (Base-plus-2) and FAR 52.217-8 six months extension in the estimated amount of $13,815,951 with an estimated total of $96,711,662, using fiscal 19 O&M funds (HT0015-19-F-0087). This is an enterprise-level blanket purchase agreement (BPA) call for Microsoft software and support against the Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) BPA for Microsoft. This procurement is to renew Microsoft licenses for 72 customers within Defense Health Agency (DHA), Air Force, Army, and Navy. These licenses are required for products including VISIO Professional, Windows Server Standard, Project Standard, and SQL Server Enterprise.
Artificial intelligence can analyze vast amounts of information, identifying patterns and anomalies at a speed and scale beyond human capacity. To make it an invaluable part of defense, the goal will be to create cybersecurity systems that can anticipate national security threats. Once systems can automatically reconfigure themselves and their security controls to prevent any potential breaches, the next step will be to move to machines with the power to make their own decisions.
AT&T Corp., Oakton, Virginia, has been awarded an $87,377,959 other transaction agreement to execute the enterprise information technology as a service network as a service experiment. This agreement provides for experimentation of a secure, reliable, measured, commercial data and voice network in order to enable access to Department of Defense data and applications from DoD facilities, as well as enable access for mobile and remotely located users. Work will be performed at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado; Offutt AFB, Nebraska; and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2021. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated at the time of award.
Federal mandates and economic concerns are pushing businesses and government agencies to migrate their IT services to the cloud. As a result, decision makers must consider how to proceed in a way that meets compliance requirements in a timely, affordable and secure fashion.
Two data migration experts at experienced commercial organizations recently offered their advice to organizations that are just beginning on the data migration trail or are well on their way but hitting a few bumps in the road.
Machine learning has advanced to the point where more sophisticated methods can be more effective at cyber event detection than traditional methods, an expert says. Along with emerging methods, access to large amounts of “fresh” data is important for processing, determining trends and identifying malicious activity.
Teams looking at how to use machine learning need to consider different methods, suggested Mark Russinovich, chief technology officer, Microsoft Azure, at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium (DCOS) in Baltimore on May 17.
Insight Public Sector Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded an estimated $653,210,000 firm-fixed-price blanket purchase agreement (BPA) in accordance with the company’s General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule contract (GS-35F-0009U). This agreement will provide Microsoft brand-name software licenses, software assurance, and cloud offerings to the Department of the Navy (DON). The products will meet the following functional capabilities desktop software solutions, operating systems, server software, desktop sharing, virtualization, client access licenses, developer tools, management tools, mobility, utility, and software assurance.
Cloud computing is fast becoming the new normal. It can increase efficiency and improve cash flow, making it an attractive and necessary service for both industry and government.
As part of SIGNAL’s executive video series, Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Ackerman sat down with Jasson Walker Jr., founder, president and CEO of cFocus Software Inc., to discuss authority to operate (ATO) as a service. The company’s main focus is providing customers risk management framework compliance when they are looking to move to the cloud.
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Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Washington, has been awarded a $44,742,615 contract for Microsoft Premier Support services. Contractor will provide proactive and reactive services to increase operational efficiency, optimize performance, maximize uptime and reduce support cost for the Air Force Network (AFNet) enterprise. Work will be performed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Work is expected to be complete by November 30, 2020. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award.
Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Washington, was awarded an increased ceiling modification to the established firm-fixed-price, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Microsoft enterprise technical support services, necessary to obtain highly trained Microsoft Blue Badge Cardholder support. These services require access rights to Microsoft's proprietary (closed-source) code, which is licensed under exclusive legal right of Microsoft, and are required to support the Department of Defense's mission. The total cumulative of the contract was increased by $162,760,000 from $412,240,000 to $575,000,000.
Microsoft, Washington, D.C., has named Jim Kelly senior director for the U.S. Army.
En Pointe Gov Inc., Gardena, Calif., is being awarded a $66,010,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order to procure commercial Microsoft software licenses and software assurance in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. The U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
Insight Public Sector, Chantilly, Va., was awarded a $617,251,927 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Microsoft Enterprise License Agreements for 1.5 million devices. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity.
Softchoice Corporation, McLean, Virginia, has recently been awarded two delivery orders-$8,739,142 and $8,244,574-against a previously awarded blanket purchase agreement to procure Microsoft brand name software support, known as software assurance. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
Softchoice, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a firm-fixed-price blanket purchase agreement to procure Microsoft brand name software licenses and software support, known as software assurance (SA), through 2015 for the Department of the Navy. The licenses and SA must be compatible and interoperable with existing Department of the Navy hardware and technology equipment. The maximum dollar value, including the base period and two option periods is $700 million. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
Want to take your work on the road? The CloudOn app lets you access Microsoft Office from your iPad. The free app integrates with virtual versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint hosted in the cloud. Simply connect to the Internet and the program lets you create, view and edit files. It also integrates with Dropbox so that you can save files right to your workspace. With CloudOn, you have the ability to rename, delete and manage documents in your Dropbox account; track changes while reviewing Word documents; display animation and transitions in PowerPoint presentations; open files directly from email; and automatically save documents, among others.
The U.S. Army has linked military radios and chat systems with cell phones, instant messaging and other commercial products that can facilitate communications among the U.S. military and NATO allies. Using Lync 2010, a Microsoft collaboration product, the capability will enable warfighters in command posts or on patrol to know who is online and the best way to reach them-either by computer, radio, chat or phone.
Over the next two days, hackers from across the globe will team up on nearly every continent for the second Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event aimed at finding solutions to real-world problems caused by natural disasters. It's a 48-hour marathon of competitive computer coding with the best and brightest developers in Washington, D.C.; Sydney, Australia; Nairobi, Kenya; London; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Sao Paolo, Brazil.