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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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Defense Department Presents 2016 David Packard Acquisition Awards to Three Teams

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall have recognized industry teams that have contributed to the department’s goal to provide resources to warfighters while minimizing costs, DoD News reported Saturday. Lisa Ferdinando writes Work and Kendall presented the 2016 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition to Project …

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Navy’s $125B Columbia-Class Submarine Program Gets Milestone B Approval From Pentagon

Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall has granted Milestone B approval to the U.S. Navy’s potential $125 billion Columbia-class nuclear missile submarine program, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. writes the Milestone B decision will pave the way for the Navy to use the $773 million in funds that Congress …

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Professional Services Council Seeks Changes to Proposed DoD Technical Data Rule

The Professional Services Council has suggested modifications on a proposed Defense Department rule to control disclosure of unclassified technical data to the public in order to address potential overlap or clashes with existing rules as well as unintended consequences. Alan Chvotkin, a PSC executive vice president, said in the council’s comments submitted Tuesday to the …

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Deborah Lee James: Air Force Considers to Waive Fixed-Price Requirement in 2017 NDAA for JSTARS Replacement Program

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has said the service branch has begun to consider whether to use a provision in the fiscal 2017 defense policy bill to waive a fixed-price contract requirement for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft replacement program, Defense News reported Friday. “There is …

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GSA Unveils 10-Year Administrative Services Delivery Vision

The General Services Administration has crafted a 10-year vision for the delivery of administrative mission support services to customers in the federal government. GSA said Wednesday its unified shared services management office collaborated with the Shared Service Governance Board, providers and clients to develop the administrative function support delivery vision. The agency aims to transition the federal …

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GAO: Congress Should Not Fund 2017 LCS Acquisition

The Government Accountability Office has recommended Congress to not fund the acquisition of two Littoral Combat Ships requested for 2017 due to what auditors identified as the vessel’s obsolete design and construction backlogs. A GAO report published Thursday says the Defense Department has not fully implemented prior recommendations regarding LCS and frigate acquisitions such …

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DoD’s DIUx Arm Details Approach for Faster Acquisitions

The Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental has published a guidebook in efforts to help agencies create contracting vehicles that could optimize time and costs required to acquire technology, DoD News reported Friday. Rick Docksai writes DIUx’s website offers free access to the 99-page guidebook titled “Fast, Flexible, and Collaborative: The Commercial Solutions …

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