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Microsoft's big HoloLens contract

Microsoft will move into production on 120,000 HoloLens 2-based augmented reality headsets for the Army. The $21.9 billion contract comes 28 months after Microsoft began prototyping the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) for the service. The headsets are designed to help soldiers train with augmented reality displaying combat situations. Jackson Barnett has more.

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Inside Biden's forthcoming cyber EO

Companies that do business with the federal government could soon have to meet software security standards and swiftly report cyber incidents to a new entity within the Department of Homeland Security under an executive order the White House is planning to issue. Sources familiar with a draft version of the document said is meant to improve the government’s ability to detect, coordinate, respond to and investigate cybersecurity incidents, as well as promote supply chain security and push government contractors to up their defenses. Other upgrades to federal agency security include the use of multi-factor authentication and improvements to FedRAMP. Tim Starks has more on CyberScoop.

Anduril's latest acquisition

Startup defense tech company Anduril Industries acquired tube-launched drone manufacturer Area-I to expand its suite of emerging tech offerings into the unmanned systems market. The acquisition will marry Anduril's automation and data-sensing technology with the hardware capabilities of the Atlanta-based drone developer, the companies’ CEOs said in an interview with FedScoop. More from Jackson.

Don't forget the data

As the Biden administration preps the release of its budget proposal for fiscal 2022, members of the data community hope the Office of Management and Budget will include data infrastructure funding. The Data Coalition this week sent a letter to OMB asking for the reissue of a national data strategy similar to the Federal Data Strategy (FDS) and routine coordination on information management between the different parts of OMB and other agencies, among other things. Dave Nyczepir has more.

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