Cybersecurity Research Continues With FAA Grant

OAK CREEK,WI — Astronautics Corporation of America received additional research and development funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to execute the second major phase of its Aircraft Systems Information Security/Protection risk assessment contract, according to a media release Thursday. The contract for this portion of Phase 2 includes operational activities consistent with earlier research, including advanced studies of air-ground communications in order to identify vulnerabilities and propose mitigations, a spokesperson told Patch. LEARN MORE

Government Transition from DUNS Number to New Unique Entity Identifier Extended

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed federal agencies to finalize their transition to using the SAM-generated unique entity identifier (unique entity ID or UEI) by April 2022. GSA will be contracting with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) to ensure full continuity of services—including DUNS number assignment, monitoring, and validation of entity uniqueness—during the extended transition period. LEARN MORE

Chief of Naval Operations Outlines Future for Drones, Minicarriers

The fleet may need fewer large aircraft carriers but more ships that can carry aircraft. The U.S. Navy may need fewer large Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the future, but that doesn’t necessarily mean fewer ships that can carry aircraft, Chief of Naval Operation Adm. Michael Gilday said in an interview with Defense One on Tuesday. Light aircraft carriers or ships that can serve as small carriers wouldn’t necessarily look like big super carriers from the past, in part because new smaller drones will provide some of the capability that today you only find in carrier air wings. LEARN MORE

The MAS Contractor Assessment Reference Guide is Available Now

The MAS PMO and National Industrial Operations Analyst (IOA) Program are excited to announce that the MAS Contractor Assessment (CA) Reference Guide is now available for download at the Vendor Support Center. This reference guide provides a foundational, transparent understanding of the MAS CA process for our industry partners. CAs are conducted regularly by GSA’s IOAs and verify contractors are complying with their contractual terms and conditions and have the support necessary to be successful. READ MORE

Worried About Chinese Backdoors, Lord Pushes For New Tech Strategy

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon’s top acquisition official says the military is doubling down on efforts to move microelectronics manufacturing away from China, citing worries about the security of supply chains.

A full 75% of microelectronics manufacturing and 98% of packaging takes place in Asia, acquisition boss Ellen Lord said at the ComDef conference today. “While the U.S. continues to serve as the leader in microelectronics research and development,” Lord said, “our lack of ability to manufacture, package and test, has resulted in the loss of employment opportunities, economic growth and the lack of ability to fulfill DoD requirements.” LINK

Department of Treasury Releases Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments

Original release date: October 2, 2020

LINK The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has released an [Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments]. Financial institutions, cyber insurance firms, and companies that facilitate payments on behalf of victims may be violating OFAC regulations.

CISA encourages organizations to review the OFAC Advisory for more information. See CISA’s Ransomware page for how to report and protect against ransomware attacks.