Director William J. Burns announced  that the CIA is making adjustments to CIA’s organizational structure and approach to better meet national security challenges. Director Burns launched strategic reviews this past spring, focused on areas including China, technology, people, and partnerships. Burns also says that the CIA will continue to focus sharply on other important threats, including an aggressive Russia, a provocative North Korea and a hostile Iran, as well as combatting terrorism.

Burns has also created a new position at the CIA – the Chief Technology Officer, as well as a Transnational and Technology Mission Center, which will address global issues critical to U.S. competitiveness, looking at new and emerging technologies, economic security, climate change, and global health.

And the CIA has long talked about the need to increase their talent pool; however, the long process to hire a candidate is often a deterrent. So, in order to attract and hire talent, Burns noted changes to processes to significantly reduce the time it takes for applicants to join CIA. He also announced the launch of the CIA Technology Fellows program to bring promising experts to CIA for one to two years of public service.

CIA’s Deputy Director David S. Cohen will oversee the implementation of these adjustments.

“Throughout our history, CIA has stepped up to meet whatever challenges come our way….  And now facing our toughest geopolitical test in a new era of great power rivalry, CIA will be at the forefront of this effort,” Director Burns told the CIA workforce.  “There’s no doubt we have the talent for the job.  And with the right approach, and the right structure in place, I know we’ll help ensure American leadership and American success on the global stage for decades to come.”

Contract Opportunities to Watch


Leidos was recently awarded a five-year single award contract by the National Security Agency (NSA). Through this award, which holds a ceiling value of $300 million, Leidos will provide development and modernization efforts in support of the NSA’s Technical Signals Intelligence (TechSIGINT) mission.

“We’re proud to continue our support of the TechSIGINT community – providing innovations and deploying efficient and effective capabilities and technologies,” said Leidos Intelligence Group President Roy Stevens. “By leveraging our technical, engineering and software expertise, our teams will work to advance NSA’s TechSIGINT modernization efforts, providing our nation’s leaders and military troops with actionable intelligence and critical information to protect and defend our country.”

Leidos will support the TechSIGINT modernization efforts that develop and deploy new systems using cloud architectures and standardized NSA corporate infrastructures and services. The company will provide the technical services to develop, deploy and sustain a wide range of new and improved TechSIGINT collection, production and analysis capabilities.

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Advanced Technology International (ATI) is launching the Innovation Resource Hub, an ecosystem of resources dedicated to helping non-traditional defense contractors succeed in federal R&D. ATI has partnered with govmates, the premier teaming partner platform for government contractors, to create the offering for all ATI-managed consortia.

The Innovation Resource Hub includes access to the govmates matchmaking platform, as well as a plethora of resources and support to common challenges for non-traditionals and small businesses, such as: access to capital, cyber and supply chain security, infrastructure support, legal and intellectual property rights, human capital, mergers and acquisitions support, and more.

With 23 active collaborations spanning various technology areas, ATI is adding to its suite of services available to more than 3,700 collective consortia members.

“ATI is excited to join forces with govmates in launching the Innovation Resource Hub. The platform will offer a suite of services focused on supporting non-traditional contractors to better serve their federal Government clients,” said Chris Van Metre, President and CEO of ATI. “The ATI and govmates strategic partnership will enhance collaboration opportunities and foster teaming among consortia members and other companies seeking to expand their business into the government contracting market.”

Both ATI and govmates are united in bringing forth the best and brightest technology providers of all backgrounds to deliver innovation that saves lives, enables the warfighter, and diversifies the industrial base. By leveraging the resources of ATI – the pioneer in R&D collaboration management – with the technology and agility of govmates, the federal government will receive more national security solutions to meet its mission-focused needs.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.