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GAO: DoD Should Develop Department-Wide Prototyping Strategy

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Defense Department to establish a department-wide strategy that will guide prototyping initiatives. GAO said Tuesday DoD’s prototyping efforts face challenges such as limited funds, a risk-averse culture and competing priorities. DoD has yet to develop a strategy that outlines prototyping goals and priorities as well …

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SOSi’s Robert Catalanotti Named Senior Adviser to DoD Assistant Secretary for Intl Security Affairs

Robert Catalanotti, managing director of Middle East initiatives at Virginia-based government services integrator SOS International, has been appointed senior adviser to the assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Defense Department. Catalanotti will also join the Senior Executive Service, DoD said Tuesday. The retired U.S. Army major general previously served as director …

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DARPA to Host Event on National Security Challenges, Technologies

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will host a two-day event on Aug. 2 to 3 in Arlington, Virginia to discuss the Strategic Technology Office’s mission, problem spaces and technology interests with industry. DARPA said Friday the Sync with STO event seeks to foster discussion between STO program managers and technologists on ways to address …

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DHS Grants to Support Community-Led Counterterrorism Efforts

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $10 million in total grants to 26 local law enforcement and community organizations that aim to help the government combat terrorism and radicalization. DHS said Friday the Countering Violent Extremism program will fund community-led initiatives to identify and stop terrorist recruitment and extremist activities as well …

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Rep. Mac Thornberry: HASC’s FY 2018 NDAA Contains Acquisition Reform, Missile Defense Provisions

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has said his panel’s $640 billion defense spending bill for fiscal 2018 includes proposed changes to the Defense Department’s acquisition system, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Thornberry told reporters Thursday that the draft fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act contains changes …

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