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DISA Seeks to Accelerate Acquisition Process With ‘Other Transaction Authority’

The Defense Information Systems Agency has started adopting the “other transaction authority” as a contracting method to facilitate the acquisition process and speed up the delivery of new technology platforms designed to meet warfighters’ requirements. “Many of the companies we’re dealing with are small start-ups,” Scott Stewart, technical director at …

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Salesforce’s Keith Block: Federal Digital Transformation Efforts Should Aim for Better Citizen Services

Keith Block, chief operating officer at Salesforce, told Diginomica in an interview posted Friday that digital transformation efforts in federal government should be built on the goal of delivering “higher levels of service to the citizens.” Block noted about Salesforce’s discussions with the White House over digital transformation and work …

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DoD Establishes New Joint Center to Advance AI Tech

The Defense Department has formed a new center that will oversee artificial intelligence efforts across services and DoD amid efforts of China and Russia to dominate AI, Breaking Defense reported Friday. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a memo released Thursday the joint artificial intelligence center will report to …

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Advisory Panel Calls for DoD to Improve Acquisition Through Portfolio Mgmt Structure Adoption

An advisory group that Congress created through the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act has issued a report that calls for the Defense Department to transition from a program-focused management structure to an “enterprise capability portfolio management” framework in order to improve the acquisition system, National Defense reported Thursday. The Section 809 …

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House OKs $675B Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal 2019

The House voted 359-49 Thursday to pass a $675 billion defense policy bill that would authorize the purchase of 93 F-35 fighter aircraft, three littoral combat ships and two aircraft carriers for fiscal 2019, Defense News reported Thursday. The defense appropriations bill would fund the Advanced Battle Management System that seeks to replace …

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