Matthew Nelson

Army Holds UAS Demo Event

UAS Demo

The U.S. Army is conducting a demonstration activity to assess four air vehicles that may serve as potential successors to the service branch's RQ-7 Shadow fleet. The Army can transport each air vehicle via CH-47 Chinook helicopters or organic ground vehicles in a move to enable tactical maneuverability. The event is slated to run through March 5th.

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GSA Releases Single Sign-On Playbook for Federal Agencies

Data Management

The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a playbook for application architects and enterprise program managers seeking to update their government agencies' access management platforms. GSA invites government agencies to collaborate and provide insights and practices in line with the playbook. The playbook is also meant to help agencies determine if they are already federated.

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Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler Selected as Army Contracting Command’s Next Leader

Christine Beeler

Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler, commanding general of the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, has been appointed to succeed Maj. Gen. Paul Pardew as commanding general of Army Contracting Command (ACC). Beeler has led MICC's efforts to standardize its acquisition process and deliver contingency contracting support to the service branch amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Air Force Research Lab Mulls ‘Vanguard’ Tech Advancement Program Expansion; Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle Quoted

Air Force Research

Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), said that AFRL could increase the number of Vanguard programs to build transformation systems. “Our goal is to achieve, or dedicate, up to 20 percent of our investments to this portfolio — this transformational, top-down strategy-driven design — by FY23,” Pringle was quoted as saying by C4ISRNET.

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Space Force Eyes Rapid Tech Procurement Approaches

Acquisition Policy

The U.S. Space Force is looking to host a business-pitch event, work with industry consortia and adopt a middle-tier acquisition model in efforts to accelerate the branch's commercial technology buying process. USSF plans to host its inaugural pitch day in spring to collect technology ideas from the private sector, the report noted.

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Air Force Research Lab to Accept First Assembly of Directed Energy Laser Tech

Air Force Research

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) expects to receive later this month the first of three main subsystems for a laser weapon being developed to protect military aircraft from air-to-air and surface-to-air missile threats. AFRL said Tuesday that its team of engineers and scientists could begin system integration work after accepting initial pod hardware for the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHIELD).

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GSA to Offer ID Proofing Service for Contracting Portal Entity Registration Accounts

Containerization

The General Services Administration (GSA) plans to implement an identity proofing tool as part of new security updates to the agency's consolidated federal contracting website on May 24th. GSA added it will meld the legacy and beta versions of the SAM portal on the same date of new security implementation to make it easier for site users to search contract opportunities.

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DOD Opens Aerospace Research Facility; Jagadeesh Pamulapati Quoted

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DOD) has inaugurated a new facility at Tuskegee University in Alabama that will support the study of various topics under aerospace and materials sciences. The Aerospace Education Research and Innovation Center (AERIC) was sponsored by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and built as part of a $2 million funding effort from Congress. 

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VA Issues Framework on Data Usage, Privacy; Richard Stone Quoted

Undersecretary Candidates

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released an online document that discusses how VA employees, partners, stakeholders and veteran users can access their information. Devised by the Data Ethics Work Group, the Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data contains nine principles that support the department's standards on information security and privacy. 

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Air Force to Retire 17 B-1B Planes; Gen. Tim Ray Quoted

B-1B Lancer Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) will move to decommission 17 of its 62 B-1B Lancer bombers to pave the way for fleet modernization efforts and help maintainers focus more on each of the remaining 45 aircraft. USAF said it will keep four of the B-1B planes that are set for retirement in Type 2000 storage to maintain aircraft systems in a reclaimable condition.

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