The Air Force is seeking commercial information technology to help it better monitor its networks for insider threats. The product will be a key component to the development of its Insider Threat Program, according to a solicitation posted by the service Aug. 11.
The Air Force issued guidance last month instructing personnel not to use physical violence against journalists who disobey instructions at the scene of an incident.
The winning team, which also includes Accenture Federal and Henry Schein Practice Solutions, beat out competitors, including one team led by Allscripts, Computer Science Corp. and HP, and another led by Epic Systems and IBM.
The Air Force announced GPS' full operational capability two decades ago. On July 17, 1995, the service had 24 satellites in orbit, providing global 24-hour coverage.
"Vastly, what we're seeing across the government is the realization that they've had a chance to input into those baselines – and it is a lot of controls, I won't deny that either – but you are actually going through and doing all of those controls versus agencies haven't been going through and doing those controls themselves," said Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP director.
The reduction is part of a Defense Department initiative that requires each military branch to cut costs and staff by at least 20 percent by 2019.
The notice said that capabilities may address intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance modernization, situational awareness, mobile networking and communications equipment, and cryptographic operations modernization, among others.
The Air Force spent $14 billion over the last five fiscal years on contracts to meet emergency needs. Such contracts are executed before the final terms are settled, making them considerably risky, says a May 19 Government Accountability Office report.
The services are responsible for fourt-fifths of the Defense Department's $98 billion in secondary item excess inventory, which includes spare parts that can be repaired and reused and other supplies needed to maintain military equipment.
The basic design of NASA's Space Based Infrared System – a key component of the military's missile warning and defense system – is years old and some components are obsolete, but alternative technologies for the launch of the fifth and sixth satellite in the constellation were not considered because a report on other design options came too late in the acquisition process, according to an oversight report.