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Meet DES, the Pentagon's next billion-dollar IT contract

Apparently the Pentagon is not phased by industry's contempt for single-award, multibillion-dollar IT contracts. Because after trying to launch a pair of billion-dollar cloud contracts in recent years that have yet to see the light of day operationally, the Defense Department is now working on an $11 billion, single-award acquisition to consolidate the sprawling networks across its many support agencies. Called the Defense Enclaves Services, the program is meant to “eliminate unnecessary complexity within the IT space” to improve the modernization and security of DOD‘s networks. And a final request for proposals could be coming as soon as next month. Jackson Barnett has the latest.

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Education CIO Gray talks multi-cloud

Multi-cloud environments are trendy across the federal government currently. But an often forgotten-about part of the multi-cloud equation is the requisite host of skillsets personnel must have to be proficient in such an environment. Education CIO Jason Gray said his department has been working to consolidate some of its cloud sprawl, which has helped simplify things for those managing the environment. “For a future state of where we’re going, I would love for it to be simpler because otherwise you’re having to make sure that people get trained on this skillset and on that skillset," Gray said during the SNG Live: Cloud Smart event Wednesday. Dave Nyczepir has more from the SNG Live session.

Coming soon: A one-stop-shop for information about DOD’s online courses

DOD is working to create a searchable catalog of every online course available across the military. The Enterprise Course Catalog builds on years of wanting to leverage enterprise IT to improve the data management of online education for DOD civilians and uniformed personnel. “This is not just about identifying ways to have more effective business processes, it is truly about a new paradigm of learning,” Sae Schatz, director of the DOD’s Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, said about how the DOD is approaching learning. More from Jackson.

White House plans AI, quantum hubs

The White House is out with a new plan to establish seven Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes and five Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers. In partnership with the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy respectively, the 12 multidisciplinary hubs will research the emerging technologies and train their future workforces while bolstering regional economies. Dave has this one.

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