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GAO: DoD Forms Advisory Panel, DIUx to Address Contracting Challenges Faced by ‘Non-Traditional’ Firms

The Government Accountability Office has interviewed representatives from 12 “non-traditional companies” or firms that do not typically engage in business with the Defense Department and found challenges across six areas that keep them from developing platforms for military purposes. These challenges include complexity of process within DoD, unsteady budget, long duration of …

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Air Force to Use ‘Agile DevOps’ Method for Air Operations Center Upgrade Effort

The U.S. Air Force plans to adopt a software development practice known as Agile DevOps to update the military service’s Air Operations Center weapons system. The service branch said Thursday it terminated a contract with Northrop Grumman to start a AOC Pathfinder program to facilitate the delivery of modernized AOC functions to warfighters within a …

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DoD Proposes Changes to Defense Contracting Regulations

The Defense Department has called on Congress to modify current regulations for the department’s acquisition processes, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. In a set of nine proposals, DoD proposed to lessen contract-related reporting requirements and raise the micropurchasing threshold from $5,000 to $10,000. The report said one proposal would only allow companies …

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Army to Conduct Service Analysis of Military Battlefield Networks

Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, has launched a service analysis of the military branch’s battlefield networks in response to congressional concerns over a future mobile satellite communications network, Defense Systems reported Tuesday. The report said the Army seeks to determine how the future Warfighter Information Network–Tactical infrastructure can be …

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Report: GSA Decides to End FBI HQ Search

The General Services Administration will notify industry on Tuesday regarding its decision to call off the agency’s search for a new FBI headquarters, the Washington Post reported Monday. The cancellation came four months after GSA postponed the announcement of its selected site for the new FBI building until it secures congressional …

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House Panel Seeks $28.6B Natl Defense Restoration Fund

The House Appropriations Committee has passed a defense policy bill that would allocate $28.6 billion for the National Defense Restoration Fund for fiscal 2018, Breaking Defense reported Friday. The proposed fund comprises 4.3 percent of the measure’s $658.1 billion defense budget and would be managed by the Defense Department secretary. …

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GAO: DoD Should Apply Commercial Practices in Tech Development

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Defense Department form a science and technology management framework that will incorporate best practices from industry. GAO made the recommendation after it reviewed technology development practices of Amazon, IBM, Siemens, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, General Motors, Qualcomm  and Valvoline, the agency said Thursday. The agency found that …

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