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GAO: Transportation Dept Should Define Responsibilities in Vehicle Cyber Attacks

cyber

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Transportation Department define and document its roles and responsibilities for responses to cyber attacks against vehicles with an emphasis on systems that affect passenger safety. GAO said in a report publicly released Monday it found modern vehicle interfaces for functions such as braking and steering that rely on software can be vulnerable to …

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Ashton Carter Raises Concerns on HASC Proposal to Shift $18B from OCO to Base Budget

Ash Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said he has concerns on the House Armed Services Committee’s defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2017 that would move $18 billion from the overseas contingency operations budget to the Defense Department’s base funding, DoD News reported Wednesday. “It’s gambling with warfighting money at a time of war — …

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PSC Urges House Committee Not to Consider Bid Protest Process Reform Proposals

ContractSigning

The Professional Services Council has voiced concerns about two potential amendments to a fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would reform the current bid protest process for government contracts. PSC said Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee should forego consideration of measures that the council believes would not help lessen the …

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SPAWAR Receives DoD Verdure Award for Efforts to Promote Small Businesses

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command SPAWAR

The Defense Department has given the Verdure Award to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Office of Small Business Programs in recognition of its efforts in promoting small businesses through SPAWAR acquisitions in fiscal year 2015. The U.S. Navy said Tuesday the Verdure Award is part of DoD’s Vanguard Awards Program which aims to acknowledge individuals …

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Federal News Radio: DoD’s Services Acquisition Reform Could Take 12 More Years

acquisition policy

The Defense Department‘s efforts to reform its services acquisition system could take another 12 years to reach full implementation, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Scott Maucione quotes Ken Brennan, DoD deputy director of services acquisition, who said the department is three years into a potential 15-year reform plan that aims to enhance the …

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David Lane to Serve as Director of DHA NCR Medical Directorate

Rear Adm. David Lane

Rear Adm. David Lane, former U.S. Marine Corps medical officer and director of health services, has been appointed as the director for the Defense Health Agency‘s national capital region medical directorate. NCR MD works to exercise authority, direction and control over the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Joint …

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DISA Changes Continental US Org’s Name to ‘Global Operations Command’

DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency has rebranded its Continental U.S. Field Command organization to the name of “Global Operations Command” as DISA seeks to expand the organization’s mission set. Global Operations Command will be responsible for the defense of networks that support 46 enterprise missions and services and the DISA-managed portion of the Defense …

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Defense News: Rep. Mac Thornberry Adds Prototype Funding Language in Defense Bill

Mac Thornberry

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has proposed a budget flexibility measure that would allow the Defense Department to prototype, experiment and field new technologies outside major DoD acquisition programs, Defense News reported Monday. Aaron Mehta writes the proposal is written under section 1702 of the House Armed Services Committee chairman’s markup of the fiscal year 2017 National …

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Report: New U.S. Cyber Campaign to Target Islamic State Militants

cybersecurity

The Defense Department has formed “national mission teams” to conduct offensive cyber-based operations against the Islamic State militant organization as part of a wider effort to disrupt the group’s communication activities, The New York Times reported Sunday. David Sanger writes DoD’s latest cyber campaign aims to weaken the ability of Islamic State militants to spread …

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Joe Dunford: US Should Update C2 Strategies Amid Changed ‘Character’ of War

Marine Corps Gen_Joe Dunford

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has said the U.S. military should address the emergence of cyber, space and ballistic intercontinental missiles as factors that changed the “character” of war, DoD News reported Sunday. Jim Garamone writes that U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford suggested updates in the Defense Department‘s current command-and-control …

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