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Ellen Lord: DoD to Make Procurement Authorities Clear to Acquisition Workforce

Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, has said she plans to look at all procurement authorities and contract vehicles the Defense Department implements in an effort to reform DoD’s business practices, DoD News reported Wednesday. “Then [we’ll take] examples of how these different acquisition authorities and contract types …

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White House Introduces National Space Strategy

President Donald Trump has unveiled a new strategy that aims to advance industry partnerships and regulatory reforms in a push to help the U.S. maintain its competitive edge in space technology and services. A White House fact sheet published Friday the National Space Strategy seeks to continue the U.S. space exploration …

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Multiservice Partnership Continues Power System Development Efforts

The U.S. Army‘s Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center collaborates with the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy and industry partners to explore hybrid power systems for a proposed Future Vertical Lift program. The multiservice collaboration builds upon previous work on a lithium-ion battery technology that was designed to help power F-22 aircraft, the first Mars Rover …

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DoD Officials Seek to Expedite Foreign Military Sales Process

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said he met with Ellen Lord, top acquisition chief at the Defense Department; and Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency; to determine ways on how to accelerate the foreign military sales process, Defense News reported Friday. Shanahan told reporters …

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NIST Nominee Walter Copan Cites Cybersecurity, Govt-Industry Partnerships as Top Priorities

Walter Copan, nominee for the National Institute of Standards and Technology director post, has said he intends to prioritize the implementation of NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework that seeks to help federal agencies and industry protect their networks from cyber threats, the Science Magazine reported Monday. “I think we all see cybersecurity as …

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Gen. Lori Robinson: Northcom Aims to Help Address Security Issues in Central America Via Partnerships

Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, commander of the U.S. Northern Command, has said the U.S. military looks for ways to increase collaboration with partners in Mexico and other Central American countries to address security issues in the region, DoD News reported Tuesday. Lisa Ferdinando writes Robinson told audience at the Central America Security Conference held …

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John Kelly: DHS Partners With Industry to Protect Federal Networks from Cyber Attacks

John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has said DHS has collaborated with industry to update outdated information technology systems as part of efforts to safeguard the federal government’s data infrastructure from cyber attacks. Kelly said in a speech delivered Tuesday at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland …

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Robert Work, UK Counterpart Sign Cooperation Agreement on P-8A Operations in North Atlantic

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Harriett Baldwin, U.K. minister for defense procurement, have signed an agreement that aims to strengthen the U.S.-U.K. defense partnership and collaboration in P-8A Poseidon aircraft operations. The Defense Department said Wednesday the two countries will seek opportunities to share logistics and support bases for the P-8A maritime …

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DHS, America’s Public TV Stations Team Up to Advance Datacasting Use by First Responders

The Department of Homeland Security has partnered with America’s Public Television Stations in an effort to promote the availability of datacasting platforms designed to facilitate communications for first responders. DHS said Wednesday a datacasting system works to help users transmit files, images, voice and videos to a specific audience through broadcast television signals during …

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