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Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach: Pacific Forces Need More Satellites

Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach

Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, who commands Pacific Air Forces, said he wants more satellites to support the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance of battles on Earth. He said at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam that satellites are needed in nearly every operation, and Indo-Pacific Command requires more of these systems than other commands due to a larger assigned coverage.

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HHS, DoD Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy

HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) have published strategic documents that represent how the Trump administration plans to provide COVID-19 vaccines. The strategy directs the government to engage with local communities, quickly distribute vaccines, safely administer supply availability and track programmatic data for the distribution effort. 

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DISA Eyes DoD-Wide Implementation of Software-Defined Network Tech

SD-WAN

Bryon Doyle, head of the infrastructure directorate at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), has said the agency is reaching out to its customers and vendors to help inform its efforts to deploy next-generation network technologies. DISA is planning to deploy software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) capabilities across the Department of Defense (DoD) enterprise. 

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Dave Spirk on Pentagon’s Upcoming Data Strategy Backing Joint Warfighting Approach

Dave Spirk

Dave Spirk, chief data officer at the Department of Defense (DoD), said DoD’s upcoming data strategy will back a “joint warfighting” approach to data use, management and collection. He said DoD will use a “hub-and-spoke” model to support the data strategy and recognize data literacy throughout the Department of Defense.

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DoD Partners With National Governors Association to Support Defense Economy

NGA

The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have partnered to boost the defense industrial base's economic performance. DoD's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) will work with NGA 's best practices center to help states form strategies for economic and industrial resiliency in the defense sector.

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President Trump Eyes Nomination of Matthew Shipley as DoD Asst Secretary

Matthew Shipley

President Trump plans to nominate Matthew Shipley, a two-decade U.S. Navy veteran, to serve as assistant secretary for readiness at the Department of Defense (DoD). Shipley manages and develops policies for the U.S. military in his current role as deputy assistant secretary for force readiness at DoD. 

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Dr. Mark Lewis, Michael Brown Discuss DoD Modernization Strategy

Dr. Mark Lewis

Dr. Mark Lewis, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, and Michael Brown, the director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) recently discussed the Department of Defense (DoD) modernization strategy, including the development and procurement of high priority systems. The Department's officials stated that artificial intelligence, directed energy, small satellites, hypersonics, 5G network and unmanned aerial systems have the potential to offer a competitive advantage.

 

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Justin Johnson Named Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for DoD’s Space Policy

Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson, who is a senior member of the staff for Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, has been appointed to serve as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Space Policy on an acting basis. Johnson succeeds Stephen Kitay who recently stepped down after three years in the role and 18 years in the public sector.

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