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Frank Kendall Urges Next Administration to Prioritize Defense R&D, Modernization Investments

Frank Kendall, the Defense Department‘s top acquisition official, has said funding defense technology research, development and modernization programs should be a priority for the next administration, DoD News reported Wednesday. Karen Parrish writes Kendall made the statement Wednesday during a Center for Strategic and International Studies-hosted forum where he discussed his new …

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Senate Intell Committee to Investigate Scope of Russian Interference

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Virginia) plan to launch an inquiry into the scope of Russian intelligence efforts that have affected the U.S. Burr and Warner said in a joint statement published Friday the panel will review any information that potentially supports a U.S. intelligence community’s assessment …

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Senate OKs Waiver for James Mattis’ Appointment to DoD Leadership Post

The Senate approved a congressional waiver to help ease the path for retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis’ confirmation as defense secretary under President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration through an 81-17 vote Thursday, Politico reported Thursday. Jeremy Herb and Connor O’Brien write the waiver legislation would exempt Mattis from a law that requires a seven-year wait for former …

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Mik Cox: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab Explores Internet-of-Things Technology

NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has begun to experiment with internet of things in efforts to manage cybersecurity operations and connect with the public, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Samantha Ehlinger writes that Mik Cox, data scientist at JPL, said Wednesday at Amazon Web Services‘ re:Invent forum that although he believes IoT can help the lab to secure  operations, the lab also …

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Trump Picks Virtu Financial Founder Vincent Viola as Army Secretary

Vincent Viola, founder and executive chairman of electronic trading firm Virtu Financial, will be nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to the no. 1 civilian post at the U.S. Army, the transition team said Monday. Viola led multiple high-performing teams during his time with the Army as an infantry officer and supported national security efforts …

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James Clapper Tenders Resignation to Make Way for Next DNI

National Intelligence Director James Clapper has signed his letter of resignation that will take effect when President Barack Obama’s administration officially ends Jan. 20. Clapper tendered his resignation two months ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the country’s 45th president. Clapper, who assumed the DNI post in August 2010, leads the U.S. intelligence community …

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Brig. Gen. Robert Marion Assigned as Army Deputy for Acquisition, Systems Mgmt

The U.S. Army has appointed Brig. Gen. Robert Marion, head of the program executive office for aviation at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama since January 2014, as the military service’s deputy for acquisition and systems management. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley announced Marion’s new assignment in a Defense Department release published Friday. …

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GSA Creates Digital Registry Portal and AI, Virtual Reality Communities for Federal Managers

The General Services Administration has introduced three initiatives under GSA’s Digital Communities that aim to increase the adoption of digital public services across the federal government. Justin Herman, manager of governmentwide social media and digital engagement programs at GSA’s citizen services and innovative technologies office, wrote in an article published Wednesday the U.S. Digital Registry …

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