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DOD pushes startups toward "trusted capital"

Hoping to keep innovative Americans from seeking investment from adversarial sources overseas, the Department of Defense launched the Trusted Capital Digital Marketplace. Announced officially Wednesday by Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, the marketplace gives growing companies more avenues to work with DOD while ensuring they do not take foreign investments that might preclude them from working as a defense contractor in the future. “We recognize that this supply chain diversity comes with some risk,” Lord said. “COVID-19 magnified that risk.” Jackson Barnett has the story.

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What else is keeping CIOs up at night?

The pandemic has been a major driver of federal IT modernization. But according to CIOs, it's not the only thing generating the need for modern technologies. The Professional Services Council and one of its members, Attain, surveyed 11 federal CIOs or their deputies and one chief information security officer — finding that workforce gaps and existing technology debt are also driving them to modernize. Dave Nyczepir has more.

Air Force accelerates toward zero trust

The Air Force is accelerating the move of its mission-critical applications into zero-trust environments. The move comes, says the service's CTO, as telework remains a looming new normal across the federal government. It will be “several years before we all get back to the office, if we ever get back to the office,” said Frank Konieczny. Jackson has this too.

Biden team taps Neuberger for NSC

NSA Cybersecurity Director Anne Neuberger has been tapped to join the Biden administration as deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology. Neuberger’s selection could be a signal the Biden administration intends to prioritize cybersecurity issues at the NSC. The Biden transition team has already announced a whole slew of other cybersecurity-related personnel decisions. Read more on CyberScoop.

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