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Hon. Ellen Lord: COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force’s Capabilities to Stay After Pandemic

Hon. Ellen Lord

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force’s capabilities will continue post-pandemic and the Department of Defense will integrate JATF’s operations into the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell to prepare DoD to assist other federal agencies with their procurement needs in the event of another health crisis.

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Air Force Eyes Hypersonic Modifications to ICBM Arsenal; Lt. Col. Robert Carver Quoted

ICBM

The U.S. Air Force is planning to update its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) to include elements such as thermal protection systems to support hypersonic speeds. The Air Force previously announced its intent to award the GBSD contract to Northrop Grumman.

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DoD Updates Online Learning Tech With Course Catalog Consolidation; Lisa Hershman Quoted

Lisa Hershman

The Department of Defense (DoD) has begun modernizing its online learning and education systems for civilian and military personnel by consolidating its course catalogs into a single platform. The enterprise course catalog prototype now has 50,000 courses and Lisa Hershman, chief management officer at DoD. 

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Gen. John Hyten: DoD Needs Int’l Network, Integrated C2 Ops for Future Warfighting

Gen. John Hyten

Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, has said the Department of Defense (DoD) needs to establish a coalition framework with international partners. According to Hyten, the DoD should expect the distinct operations of service branches to be blurred or eliminated in the combat space of the future.

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Gen. John Hyten: Actionable Data, Standard Environment Key to Future Warfighting Success

Gen. John Hyten

Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, has said that data and a common environment are key factors in future battlefield operations. He said that military heads must be able to quickly command and control the use of data throughout a standardized environment to deter adversaries.

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VA Updates Electronic Health Record Modernization Schedule Amid Pandemic; Robert Wilkie Quoted

Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made changes to its electronic health record implementation schedule due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The VA Central Ohio Healthcare System will receive a new patient-scheduling system this month, and Washington-based Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center will undergo EHR implementation in October.

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Space Force Publishes First Doctrine to Define Service Mission; Gen. Jay Raymond Quoted

Gen. Jay Raymond

The U.S. Space Force has issued its first doctrine, a document that tackles the service branch's approach as a distinct military force and role in joint missions. The Space Force intends to update the doctrine over time based on future application and evaluation.

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DoD Signs Agreement with BioFire Defense to Increase COVID-19 Test Kit Production

COVID-19 Test Kits

The Department of Defense (DoD) has entered into a $3.1 million agreement with bioMerieux's BioFire Defense subsidiary to increase manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 test kits. The company will use the investment to install two new production lines into its facility in Salt Lake City. 

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