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GAO: DSCA Needs to Strengthen Oversight of FMS Program Expenditures

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency modify its strategy for overseeing operational expenses of the Defense Department‘s foreign military sales program. GAO said Monday it found that DoD lacks data to show how the department spends on military operations such as compensating program staff and …

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Air Force Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski to Retire in September

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, is due to retire in September after three years in the position and four decades of military service. Pawlikoski has led an 80,000-employee organization that works to design, develop, acquire, test, sustain, modernize and retire weapons systems for the Air …

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Ellen Lord: DoD Warns Military, Contractors Against Chinese, Russian Software

Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, has said the Defense Department started distributing to the military and contractors a list of software platforms that should not be purchased, Defense One reported Friday. This is because such software platforms have failed to meet national security requirements, Lord said. “What we are …

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Report: NSA to Transfer ‘Sharkseer’ Cybersecurity Program to DISA

The National Security Agency will hand over to the Defense Information Systems Agency a cybersecurity program that helps protect Defense Department networks against malware and zero-day threats, Fifth Domain reported Saturday. Natalie Pittore, an NSA spokeswoman, told Fifth Domain that the Sharkseer program “better aligns” with DISA’s mission. A defense budget deal reached …

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Robins AFB Opens Shop for JSTARS Aircraft Depot Maintenance

The U.S. Air Force‘s fleet of E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, built for airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, has begun flying in to Robins Air Force Base for depot maintenance. The service branch said Thursday that depot maintenance for the aircraft, which …

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DISA Unveils Management Process for New Service, Capability Requirements

The Defense Information Systems Agency has recently released an information kit on how it evaluates and identifies service and capability requirements when dealing with possible partner contractors. The Requirements and Analysis Office, which was developed for DISA in 2015, commences with the requirements management process by doing the following: business …

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Congress Wants DoD to Prioritize Machine Learning, AI Tech Programs

A fiscal 2019 defense budget deal unveiled by House and Senate negotiators Monday calls for the Defense Department to implement artificial intelligence and machine learning programs, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday. Lawmakers wants the Pentagon to form a commission that would examine the potential applications of AI technology for national security and defense efforts. …

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Stratcom Chief Gen. John Hyten to Oversee Nuclear Command, Control, Comms Systems

The Defense Department has directed the U.S. Strategic Command to solely oversee the country’s nuclear command, control and communications platforms and operations following a review ordered by Defense Secretary James Mattis, SpaceNews reported Monday. Mattis authorized the months-long assessment due to concerns that NC3 lacked an integrated governance structure. Maj. Meghan …

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