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Report: Air Force Squadron Adopts New Leadership Model to Streamline Procurement

The U.S. Air Force‘s 99th Reconnaissance Squadron has implemented an “atomic” leadership model to speed up the acquisition of new technologies meant to optimize operations aboard the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, Defense News reported Friday. Lt. Col. Matt Nussbaum, commander of the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, told Defense News in an interview that …

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Ellen Lord: NDAAs Help Pentagon Accelerate Procurement, Modernization Efforts

Defense Department acquisition chief Ellen Lord has said defense policy bills enacted over the past two fiscal years have helped DoD to cut through the “red tape” that affected its acquisition and modernization efforts. The U.S. Air Force reported Thursday she told Senate Armed Services Committee members that NDAAs have “provided the direction and …

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Deltek: Army Seeks to Facilitate Contracting Process Via New Directive

Ryan McCarthy, acting secretary of the U.S. Army, has released a new directive that aims to streamline the contracting process as part of the service branch’s Acquisition Reform Initiative, Deltek reported Tuesday. The Army Directive 2017-32 directs the service’s assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology to carry out several actions by …

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NAVAIR Seeks ‘Capabilities-Based’ Procurement Approach for Warfighter Equipment

The Naval Air Systems Command aims to develop and implement a “capabilities-based” acquisition strategy in a push to ensure that U.S. armed forces will receive fully integrated technology platforms. Vice Adm. Paul Crosklags, commander of NAVAIR, said in a statement published Friday he believes such approach will work to help warfighters …

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DoD, National Security Technology Accelerator Unveil Military Training & Readiness Partnership

The Defense Department and National Security Technology Accelerator have introduced a new public-private partnership program for military training and readiness during the Interservice, Industry Training, Simulations and Education Conference that took place in Florida, United Press International reported Friday. The Training and Readiness Accelerator program, a collaboration between the Army Contracting …

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Cybercom Holds Inaugural Industry Day to Discuss Acquisition Priorities

The U.S. Cyber Command held its first industry day on Oct. 27 at a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility in Virginia to discuss with private sector stakeholders Cybercom’s acquisition priorities, the Defense Department reported Wednesday. Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, Cybercom chief, said in a video message that the command and industry should work …

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GAO: Bid Protests Down 7% in Fiscal Year 2017

The Government Accountability Office reported that the total number of protests filed with the agency to dispute federal contract awards hit 2,596 in fiscal year 2017, a figure that represents a 7 percent decline over the 2,789 recorded in the previous fiscal year. GAO told congressional committees in a report published Monday that contractors filed …

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