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DoD Appoints IT Vet Michael Conlin as Chief Data Officer

Michael Conlin, vice president and chief technology officer for defense at Perspecta, has been named the first chief data officer of the Defense Department, FedScoop reported Thursday. The appointment is part of DoD’s prioritization of data management operations. Conlin will help the department move out of its legacy information technology …

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Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee: Army Needs Industry to Modernize Workflow Process

Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee, acting deputy chief information officer of the U.S. Army, has said the service branch looks to collaborate with companies and academic institutions to facilitate interoperability in its workflow processes with technology, MeriTalk reported Thursday. Yee told an Avaya-hosted webinar Thursday that the Army should automate its …

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DISA’s Mission Assurance Branch Helps DoD Mitigate Risks to C4I Assets; Fred Ruonavar Quoted

Fred Ruonavar, mission assurance and critical infrastructure protection branch chief at the Defense Information Systems Agency, has said DISA’s mission assurance branch works to evaluate the Defense Department’s operational and contingency plans through the adoption of an aggressive approach. “Mission assurance is critical,” Ruonavar said in a statement published Wednesday. …

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Contracting Vet Carlen Capenos Named DISA Small Business Program Director

Carlen Capenos, former chief of the acquisition resources division at the Defense Information Systems Agency, has been appointed as director of DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs. The 22-year contracting officer said in a statement published Thursday that she will coordinate with public and private entities to boost contracting procedures with …

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Gen. Paul Selva Calls for US Nuclear Enterprise Modernization

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an Air Force Association breakfast event held Friday the military needs to recapitalize and modernize the U.S. nuclear enterprise, DoD News reported Friday. He told event audience that nuclear triad recapitalization efforts should include …

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Trump OKs $717B Defense Spending Bill for Fiscal 2019

President Donald Trump has signed into law a spending bill that allocates $616.9 billion for the Defense Department‘s base budget, $21.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons initiatives and $69 billion for overseas contingency operations, CNBC reported Monday. The fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act will fully fund the U.S. Air Force’s B-21 bomber …

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Col. Bradley Barnhart Begins Work as DISA Chief of Staff

U.S. Air Force Col. Bradley Barnhart, former commander of the  86th Communications Squadron at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, has assumed duties as vice chief of staff at the Defense Information Systems Agency. In his new capacity, Barnhart will help manage DISA’s $12 billion annual budget and coordinate efforts of …

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