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DoD’s Platform One Announces Official Adoption of Work-From-Home Model

Telework

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Platform One, a team of software developers advancing the use of DevSecOps practices, will continue to work remotely to protect its workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rob Slaughter, director of Platform One, announced the move to the team’s more than 180 employees during a recent video conference. 

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DoD Research, Engineering Leaders Michael Griffin, Lisa Porter to Step Down

Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of Research and Engineering at the Department of Defense (DoD) and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, and his deputy Lisa Porter will leave their current posts on July 10, Defense News reported Tuesday. Griffin and Porter said in a letter to their staff that they have decided to pursue together a career opportunity in the private sector.

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Kathryn Wheelbarger to Step Down From DoD Post; Mark Esper Quoted

Kathryn Wheelbarger

Kathryn Wheelbarger, acting assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, is slated to step down from her role on July 4, Reuters reported Thursday. Wheelbarger is responsible for handling policy issues involving European nations, NATO allies, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and the Western hemisphere.

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DoD Names Dave Spirk CDO of Office of CIO; Dana Deasy Quoted

Dave Spirk

The Department of Defense (DoD) has appointed Dave Spirk as the new chief data officer (CDO). In his new role, he will help the department execute its Digital Modernization Strategy, bringing years of experience within data modernization and transformation. Spirk will begin in his new role in the Department on June 22, 2020.

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DoD Unveils Defense Space Strategy; Mark Esper Quoted

Mark Esper

The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a new strategy that outlines how DoD will advance and leverage space capabilities to compete, deter and counter potential adversaries in the space domain. “This strategy identifies a phased approach on how we are going to achieve the desired conditions in space over the next 10 years,” Esper added. 

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Sens. Rob Portman, Martin Heinrich Present Bill to Boost DoD AI Workforce

AI Workforce

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., have introduced a bill that aims to fortify the artificial intelligence workforce at the Department of Defense. The Artificial Intelligence for the Armed Forces Act, a bipartisan bill, would require DoD to create and implement a program for AI training and certification, Portman's office said Tuesday.

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