GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (11/8–12)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers the Air Force's plan to build a center to study directed energy capabilities, cyber Marines to shape cyber warfare, volunteers for CMMC 2.0, how to win small business contracts, federal contractor vaccine mandate, and NCMA's upcoming conference.
"The Air Force Research Laboratory confirmed plans to open up a new center for strategic studies into directed energy—like lasers and high-power electromagnetics applied to take out a specific target—in collaboration with the University of New Mexico."
"As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to reshape the force through the commandant’s Force Design 2030 effort and the recently released Talent Management 2030 plan, cyber and information warfare Marines in the future may be further empowered to use their digital skills to create operational advantages for kinetic forces, one official said."
"The Defense Department is looking for volunteers to test out its revamped cybersecurity standard for contractors. After several months of review, DOD officials laid out a new version of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program that will be used as part of a larger strategy to gird the defense contractor companies against cybersecurity threats."
"Entering the government contracting industry as a small business owner is already as intimidating as it is. But, winning government contracts? That sounds overwhelming. But it isn’t! Small businesses are all familiar with the struggle of finding the right market. But the good news is that the opportunity to work with the world’s largest buyer is just within reach: winning contracts with the United States government."
"Defense industry executives are concerned that ambiguities in President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors will create financial and legal risks for some 20 percent of America’s businesses."
"Plenty of guidance has been issued, especially in the past few months, telling federal IT and cybersecurity personnel how to begin responding to major concerns like supply chain cyberattacks, ransomware, phishing and the like. Similarly, federal agencies involved in disaster response have plans in place – and in some cases, in action – around dealing with extreme weather events as a result of climate change, COVID-19, and other natural disasters. But these major challenges also affect the federal contracting community, and it’s less clear what they can do to respond to and mitigate their effects."
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