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Oracle's latest JEDI argument

Three years later, and Oracle is still fighting its way through the courts to invalidate the Pentagon's decision to make its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud acquisition a single-award contract. Last week, Oracle filed a new brief with the Supreme Court continuing its push to label the Department of Defense acquisition as an irregular single-award contract with “prejudicial,” competition-limiting gate requirements. “Absent this Court’s intervention, the JEDI contract will proceed for the next decade as an illegal single-source award,” the company said in its submission to court. Billy Mitchell has the latest on JEDI.

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Wi-Fi hotspots on jets and tankers

As part of a trial under the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), the service is taking a “critical step” towards a new Internet of Things for war by installing communications pods into certain air tankers and fast jets. The pods act like Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing the aircraft to relay large streams of data without having to land. The technology will initially be used with F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, and also with KC-46 Pegasus tankers. Jackson Barnett has the news.

VA found 'no evidence' of SolarWinds compromise

The Department of Veterans Affairs claims to not have been compromised in the sweeping SolarWinds hack that impacted at least nine other federal agencies. Paul Cunningham, chief information security officer of VA, said there was no evidence of compromise across the department's wide-ranging and complex networks. He told lawmakers during a hearing last week this finding was reaffirmed in separate investigations by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the intelligence community. Read more from Cunningham's testimony.

Cyber insurance rates rising

The Government Accountability Office issued a report last week highlighting the rising cost of cyber insurance. The agency said that according to industry sources, rates have surged. “After holding relatively steady in 2017 and 2018, cyber insurance premiums increased markedly in 2020,” the agency said in its report. “Higher prices for cyber insurance have coincided with increased demand for the product and higher insurer losses from increasingly frequent and severe cyberattacks (particularly ransomware attacks that block users from accessing systems or data until a ransom is paid).” John Hewitt Jones has more on the surging market.

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