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Ashton Carter: US to Offer $415M in Funds to Kurdish Peshmerga for Anti-Islamic State Campaign in Iraq

Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the U.S. will provide Kurdish peshmerga forces up to $415 million in funds and allow advisers to join Iraqi troops as part of its campaign against the Islamic State militant organization, DoD News reported Thursday. Jim Garamone writes Carter said in his testimony before the Senate …

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Bob Work Talks Regional Security, Technology Dev’t With Sweden’s Leaders

Robert Work

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has visited Sweden to discuss regional security and the development of technologies in efforts to address the activities of potential adversaries in the Baltic Sea, DoD News reported Wednesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes that Work toured military facilities in Sweden including the Ronneby Air Base to talk about military-to-military cooperation, NATO partnership …

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Jet, Chopper, Ship Procurement Featured in HASC-Approved 2017 Defense Authorization Bill

Pentagon

The House Armed Services Committee voted 60-2 Thursday to pass a $583 billion defense policy bill, Defense News reported Thursday. Joe Gould writes HASC’s version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act would shift $18 billion from the overseas contingency operations funding to the Defense Department’s base budget. Such a proposal would leave …

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DoD CIO Terry Halvorsen’s ‘Windows 10’ Remarks Draw Criticism From Software Trade Group

software

The Software and Information Industry Association has reacted to comments Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen made about the Microsoft-developed operating system Windows 10 on April 8 per a Fedscoop report. According to Fedscoop, Halvorsen said DoD plans to issue general guidance to department employees on the potential application of Windows 10 on their …

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Industry Groups React to DoD’s Source Selection Method for ‘Encore III’ IT Services Vehicle

cloudIT

Two government-contracting trade organizations have urged the Defense Department to take action to address their concerns about DoD’s use of a “lowest price, technically acceptable” method for selecting vendors for its Encore III information technology acquisition program. The Professional Services Council and the IT Alliance for Public Sector told DoD acquisition chief Frank Kendall in …

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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

Ashton 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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