This week's Weekly Debrief covers a number of interesting topics, including satellite cybersecurity, CMMC-AB's continuous monitoring RFP, VA's $96 million IT modernization task order, and 8 steps to fully funding the Air and Space Forces.
"The space industry has experienced major changes in recent years: more federal contractors play the field, the U.S. is diverting NASA funds from space exploration to private-public partnerships, and the administration established the U.S. Space Force. Given these developments, 2020 sits poised to be a watershed year with rapid innovation in 5G and 6G, advances in private satellite technology and increased demand for global high-speed connectivity."
"The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) — the new third-party cybersecurity testing program that applies to all Department of Defense contractors — is off to a turbulent start. A recent request for proposals posted by the CMMC accreditation body, the nonprofit that will play an essential role in overseeing the training and certification of assessors, caught many companies and military officials off guard."
"The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency was formally designated as a storefront for cybersecurity, the Office of Management and Budget announced April 27, allowing it to offer cyber services to other federal agencies."
"Accenture Federal Services will provide a variety of IT services to help the Department of Veterans Affairs respond to the coronavirus pandemic as part of a $96 million task order for modernization services."
"Job layoffs and lost revenue are common symptoms of COVID-19 for defense-focused small business; recent surveys and qualitative evidence find contractors struggling over the past few months. However, small businesses working with the Defense Department are at least partially insulated from most dramatic economic effects of the coronavirus crisis."
"Amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, one steadying force has been our nation’s military. U.S. troops have rallied to construct and man emergency health centers in cities from coast to coast, transported vital medical supplies, and continued operating around the globe."