GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (7/5–9)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers DoD's decision to cancel the JEDI cloud contract, space warfare and nuclear thermal propulsion, concerns over the CIO-SP4 RFP, the CMMC, and DOJ's $11 million False Claims Act settlement.
NextGov – Pentagon Cancels JEDI Cloud Contract
"The Defense Department is canceling the embattled Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, officials announced Tuesday. 'With the shifting technology environment, it has become clear that the JEDI Cloud contract, which has long been delayed, no longer meets the requirements to fill the DoD’s capability gaps,' a DOD spokesperson said in an announcement shared with media."
Defense News – Maneuver warfare in space: The strategic imperative for nuclear thermal propulsion
"China’s aggressive military space strategy, which views space warfare as “rapid and destructive,” must prompt U.S. space leaders to rethink their approach to this growing threat. While defenses against Chinese ground-based anti-satellite missiles or on-orbit weapons may include such methods as proliferation of numerous small-satellite constellations or hardening of satellites themselves, speed and maneuverability will remain key war-fighting attributes. A safe, reliable and effective way to achieve these attributes is through the use of nuclear thermal propulsion for our space vehicles."
FedNewsNet – Frustrations over NITAAC’s $50B CIO-SP4 GWAC boiling over
"All of the confusion and consternation over the solicitation for the CIO-SP4 IT services governmentwide acquisition contract finally has boiled over. Five companies filed pre-award protests with the Government Accountability Office after the National Institutes of Health Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) failed to clarify several questions about its request for proposals."
GovtCIO – What is CMMC, and How Does it Impact Federal Contracting?
"The Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a multi-level cybersecurity certification system for contractors doing business with the federal government. CMMC codifies cybersecurity practices to ensure an engaged culture of cybersecurity throughout a contractor’s supply chain. DOD first launched the standard Jan. 31, 2020, and its acquisition and sustainment CISO, Katie Arrington, has been spearheading the effort."
Justice.gov – AAR Corp. Agrees to Pay $11 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations on Aircraft Maintenance Contract and to Pay Penalties Assessed by the FAA
"AAR Corp., located in Wood Dale, Illinois, and its subsidiary, AAR Airlift Group Inc. (Airlift), located in Melbourne, Florida, have agreed to pay the United States $11,088,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations in connection with aircraft maintenance services performed by Airlift on two U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) contracts."
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