DoD

Mark Esper Announces Pentagon’s Plan for Troop Drawdown in Germany; Gen. John Hyten Quoted

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, announced that DoD intends to withdraw 11,900 troops from Germany in support of U.S. European Command’s plans to reposition those personnel to other locations in line with the implementation of the National Defense Strategy.

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DoD Releases Memo on Contracting Ban for Vendors Using Certain Telecom Equipment

Pentagon

The office of the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense has issued a memo to facilitate the implementation of an interim rule that would block government agencies from contracting with entities that use telecommunications equipment and other products from five China-based companies.

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NDAA Announces New Cybersecurity Position, Training for DoD Contractors; Mark Esper, Jim Langevin Quoted

Mark Esper

The Pentagon has announced plans to develop a top cybersecurity position, National Cyber director, within the White House under an amendment to the House version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will create a National Cyber Director within the executive office of the president, Federal News Network reported on Monday.

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DoD’s Mike White on Accelerating Hypersonics Dev’t Efforts

Mike White

Mike White, assistant director for hypersonics at the office of the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the Department of Defense (DoD) is fast-tracking its current approach to hypersonics development. White said that the four-phase approach comes as part of the Pentagon’s efforts to keep up with the progress of adversaries like China and Russia.

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ManTech Secures $87M Task Order to Provide IT Enterprise Solutions; Andy Twomey Quoted

Andy Twomey

ManTech has been awarded a five-year, $87 million task order to provide advanced IT Software Research, Development and Engineering for the Navy Maritime Maintenance Enterprise Solution (NMMES) for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) ship maintenance mission, the company reported on Wednesday.

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