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DIA's next big IT contract

The Defense Intelligence Agency is looking for small and large businesses to join its $12.6 billion SITE III multiple-award IT services contract. DIA created SITE III as an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to “plan, maintain, and sustain” its operations for the next decade. “The DIA CIO’s primary objective with SITE Ill is to support warfighters, policymakers, and acquisition leaders across the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE) by achieving an Information and Communications Technology advantage,” states the RFP, posted Monday. “SITE III provides strategic, technical, and program management guidance and support services to facilitate the operations and modernization of the agency’s infrastructure, systems, and applications.” Billy Mitchell has more from the contract.

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Border agency boosts autonomous surveillance

U.S. Customs and Border Protection struck a deal with Anduril Industries to greatly expand the use of unmanned, self-powered sentry towers along the Southwest border by 2022. It will be the largest installation of autonomous surveillance by a national security agency to date. That said, Anduril's technology is about tracking objects and activity, not individuals, Matt Steckman, chief revenue officer for the company, told FedScoop. “This can very easily be confused with other technologies used by CBP dealing with personally identifiable information and facial recognition. This is not that tech; it’s wide-area coverage.” Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

Drone swarms for defense

The Department of Defense's Silicon Valley innovative acquisition outpost is looking for vendors to provide artificial intelligence-enabled drone systems that can swarm enemy forces in battle. Swarming — more formally referred to as “multi-agent cooperative autonomy” — uses AI to instruct teams of small drones to maneuver as a group. The key to the system’s success is neural networks trained on data that allows the drones to fly through new environments without needing human intervention. More from Jackson Barnett.

NSCAI dinged for lack of transparency

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence needs to be more transparent in its work, according to a district court ruling. And already, NCSAI is taking steps to be more open. According to the June court ruling, the commission has not complied with the Federal Advisory Committee Act in disclosing its work to the public. However, shortly after that decision, the commission "filed a charter with Congress and the GSA to establish an advisory committee,” a spokesperson said in an email. And on July 20, that committee will hold a virtual public meeting. Jackson has this too.

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The 6 pillars of zero trust and where to start

IT leaders are coming to terms with the need to apply zero-trust cybersecurity principles not just to their network operations, but to their entire IT operations. However, the challenge for most agencies is how to map out and deploy a zero-trust approach across an entire digital estate, given the scale and scope of the task. A new report aims to help agency executives tackle the questions of where and how to start deploying zero-trust principles. Read the full report.

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