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Nick Wakeman

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Nick Wakeman
Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology and joined the publication in 1996 as a staff writer. He's a graduate of Bridgewater College and earned a masters degree from American University. When he isn't writing about government contractors, he's thinking of cooking large pieces of meat over fire and dreaming of ways to embarrass his two sons. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.
Emerging Tech

DARPA-funded fabric protects against chemical, biologic threats

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing new fabrics and protective equipment that can reduce the risk of chemical and biological threats to service members and responders.

Emerging Tech

AFWERX invests in 5G-enabled IoT security

The Air Force’s innovation arm has awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research contract to Phosphorus Cybersecurity to help build a scalable security infrastructure to support 5G-enabled IoT devices.

Emerging Tech

DARPA seeks AI assistants to help with complex tasks

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to explore how artificial intelligence-enabled assistants can provide just-in-time visual and audio feedback to help users expand their skillsets and minimize errors.

Cybersecurity

DARPA scouting for ‘revolutionary’ ideas

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking for unconventional approaches that challenge conventional wisdom and have the potential to radically change established practices.

GSA pilots AI for regulatory streamlining

The General Services Administration plans to run an artificial-intelligence-based pilot program to help speed up how agencies procure innovative and commercial solutions.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD to reconsider JEDI award

The Defense Department wants some time to it “reconsider” parts of its decision to award its $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft and has asked the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for a 120-day pause.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DEOS headed for recompete

The General Services Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency, which partnered on the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions cloud contract, have pulled an award to General Dynamics and will re-do the competition.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DISA ramps up cloud push

The Defense Information Systems Agency is bolstering support for its Enterprise Services Division and has released the solicitation for cloud-based office solutions.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Army pushes enterprise IT toward the cloud

The Enterprise IT as a Service pilot will assess whether private-sector IT infrastructure investments, operations and best practices will work for the Army and support the investments the service has made in its network.

Cloud & Infrastructure

What the CIA wants in a new cloud

A 12-question market survey offers insights on the scope of the intel community's massive cloud strategy.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Microsoft adds Teams to cloud lineup

The latest government cloud updates integrate Microsoft services across high-impact environments.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Conflict-of-interest charge may sidetrack JEDI

The Defense Department is reconsidering whether conflict-of-interest charges had an impact on the integrity of the contract.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Oracle counters DOD's single award argument for JEDI

Oracle disputed the contracting officer's conclusion that a single-award contract will reap better terms for the Defense Department and that a single-award contract will be easier and less costly to secure and manage.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD drafts contract for cloud-based back-office apps

Under the $8.2 billion Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract, the Defense Department will buy email, content management, file storage, productivity tools, web conferencing, instant messaging, native audio and video and mobility.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Outlook mobile gets updated security

Outlook for iOS and Android now both meet the security and compliance needs of Office 365 U.S. Government Community Cloud High and Defense Department customers.

Emerging Tech

2018 Industry Innovators: Where tech meets mission

The 2018 class of the Industry Innovators have developed capabilities and solutions that are laser-focused on their customers’ missions.

Army driverless-truck pilot logs 55K miles

The Autonomous Mobility Applique System trucks had to work through oncoming and passing traffic, negotiating rights of way, barriers and obstacles, dynamic rerouting and pedestrian traffic.

State & Local

FirstNet award finally issued

The massive broadband public safety network build out will cover 50 states, five U.S. territories and Washington, D.C.

Data & Analytics

GSA wants easier access to geospatial tools

The geospatial industry has matured to the point that the General Services Administration is exploring whether it should create a special item number for Earth observation solutions.

Cybersecurity

'Significant' attack shuts down Lockheed network

RSA SecurID tokens could have been exploited in hack, reports say.