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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Duvall

GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (5/6–10)

This week's Weekly Debrief covers artificial intelligence at NRC, special operators, Peraton's protest secures new shot at $1B IT contract, CMMC and small business concerns, and defense contractor fraud.


Artificial Intelligence


  • "Nuclear Regulatory Commission staffers identified  36 potential artificial intelligence use cases — including some involving generative AI —  as part of a series of recommendations to the commissioners and an agency-wide enterprise strategy detailed in a report released Thursday."


  • "MITRE is building a new capability intended to give its artificial intelligence (AI) researchers and developers access to a massive increase in computing power. The new capability, MITRE Federal AI Sandbox, will provide better experimentation of next generation AI-enabled applications for the federal government. The Federal AI Sandbox is expected to be operational by year’s end and will be powered by an NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD™ that enables accelerated infrastructure scale and performance for AI enterprise work and machine learning."


Defense


  • "U.S. special operations officials are set to select a new machine gun in the coming months to give shooters .50-caliber-like performance in a lightweight machine gun package, according to the program manager for special operations lethality. Army Lt. Col. Tosh Lancaster said here Tuesday during the Special Operations Forces Week conference that Special Operations Command will select its so-called Lightweight Medium Machinegun, or LWMMG, by Oct. 1."

  • "Peraton has battled its way back into contention for a $1 billion enterprise IT award at the Defense Department. Deloitte originally won the task order to support the Defense Manpower Data Center with global enterprise management IT services. The order is known as IT GEMS. Peraton filed a protest questioning how the technical, management and staffing approaches were evaluated and how past performance was judged. The company also found fault with the best-value tradeoff decision."


Cyber


  • "The Pentagon changed many aspects of the original Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program to help ease the burden on small businesses. But supporters of smaller companies in the defense industrial base still have plenty of concerns about the proposed CMMC rules. The Office of Advocacy, an independent organization within the Small Business Administration, flagged its concerns in public comments on the CMMC regulations. Once effective, the Defense Department’s rules will require many defense contractors to have their compliance with cybersecurity standards certified through a third-party audit."


Fraud


  • "A Florida woman faces up to 10 years in federal prison for sending military data to foreign parties and laundering money. Yuksel Senbol, 36, of Orlando, pleaded guilty to 25 felony counts in Florida federal court, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, eight counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, seven counts of money laundering, conspiracy to violate the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA), four counts of violating the ECRA, and one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act."


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