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How a small AI company found a way to scale its work for DOD

Startups often struggle to scale their work with the Department of Defense, falling victim to what's known as the "valley of death." But artificial intelligence company Shield AI recently inked the kind of deal that could set an example for other small firms that work with emerging tech. FedScoop explored how the company entered into a partnership with defense and aerospace company Textron Systems to develop prototypes and prepare to scale its work with the DOD. Jackson Barnett has the story.

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Maria Roat looks ahead to 2021

The past year has been a "rollercoaster ride" for CIOs responding to the emergency of COVID-19, Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat said recently. But much good did come of it, forcing them to break down bureaucratic barriers for their emergency response and continuity of operations. And now, those CIOs are set up to build upon this uncharacteristic year. "[T]hese changes really give us opportunities to continue to innovate and challenge the norms and status quo," Roat said. "We did this this year — we cut through the bureaucracy." More from Roat at ACT-IAC's ELC conference.

HackerOne protests CISA's VDP contract award

HackerOne has protested the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s award of a vulnerability disclosure policy (VDP) shared service platform contract to EnDyna, Inc. “We believe the security of our national cyber infrastructure depends significantly on the efforts of security researchers. CISA’s requirements are clear on what they need in a vendor to support this bold initiative,” said a HackerOne spokesperson. A decision on the protest isn’t due until Jan. 19, 2021. Dave Nyczepir has more.

Fitbit to study how to detect COVID-19 in soldiers before symptoms appear

The Army has selected Fitbit to develop technology to monitor for pre-symptomatic COVID-19 infections. In a $2.5 million deal made through the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), Fitbit will work to validate its COVID-19 early detection algorithm through studies sponsored by the Army. Jackson has more.

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