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DoD Releases Guide on Mission Engineering; Stephanie Possehl Quoted

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DoD) has published a document designed to guide industry partners in mission engineering activities. The DoD Mission Engineering Guide would help companies and military entities coordinate with each other in pursuit of ME efforts. The guide offers a set of tools and depicts result scenarios to inform ME personnel as they develop technologies.

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DoDIN Joint HQ Sets Framework for Information Access, Operations; Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh Quoted

Paul Fredenburgh

The Joint Force Headquarters for the Department of Defense Information Networks (Joint Force HQ-DoDIN) has established four primary components of a framework to guide how personnel would access information. These four pillars tackle how to organize a battlespace, use cyber risk assessment methods, make threat-focused decisions via automated approaches and collaboratively address network security requirements.

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U.S.-Australia Partnership Aims to Bolster Cyber Defense of Both Countries

Credential Theft

The U.S. and Australia have formed a partnership that aims to develop a collaborative cyber training platform. U.S. Cyber Command said Friday that it may use Australia-based input to inform the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) under a cyber training capabilities project arrangement. The partnership will provide a shared medium through which the U.S. and Australia may further develop PCTE and boost tactical readiness.

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FY2021 NDAA Directs DoD to Brief Congress on CJADC2 Progress, Resource Allocations

Department of Defense

Congress has mandated Pentagon officials to submit quarterly reports that will brief the House and Senate defense committees on steps taken to advance the Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) effort. The DoD must also provide a resource allocation report for CJADC2 and validate program requirements by April 21, 2021.

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DoD Improves Command-Centric Operational Framework; Paul Fredenburgh Quoted

Command-Centric

The Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Networks (JFHQ-DoDIN) has improved at implementing its command-centric operational framework. “Operationalizing the secure, operate-and-defend mission area is at the heart of outmaneuvering adversaries in the cyber domain as we establish priorities for and direct network operations, security actions and unified defensive efforts across DoDIN,” deputy commander Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh said.

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Ellen Lord on Defense Acquisition System Directive

Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said the DoD Directive 5000.01 The Defense Acquisition System supports the National Defense Strategy and the six goals within the A&S office’s mission. David Norquist signed the directive outlining the principles governing DoD’s acquisition process in support of the National Defense Strategy in Sept. 2020. 

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Gen. Mark Milley: DoD Must Prioritize Economic Recovery From Pandemic

Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. must address and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic's economic effects before focusing on military power competition. Milley, a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said the country needs to have a strong economy, infrastructure and education that complement the military to build a powerful nation.

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Hon. Ellen Lord: US Should Boost Collaboration With Allies to Address ‘Adversarial Capital’

Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said “adversarial capital” continues to pose a threat to the defense industrial base (DIB) and the U.S. government should strengthen collaboration with industry groups and allied countries to avoid investments from foreign adversaries. She noted that coordinating with other countries is vital. 

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Katie Arrington: DoD Working With Industry to Position US Supply Chain

Katie Arrington

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer at the office of the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon is working to mitigate supply-chain reliance on adversary nations. Arrington said that the Department of Defense seeks to position the U.S. supply chain to address military as well as commercial needs.

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Bruce Doll: DoD Military Health System Should Consider Using Blockchain

Bruce Doll

Bruce Doll, assistant vice president for technology research and innovation at the Department of Defense’s Uniformed Services University, said the military health system should consider employing blockchain technology in tracking COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Doll said he believes leaders at the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and other DoD components should prioritize blockchain to further advance the technology. 

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