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Ellen Lord on DoD’s Updated Defense Acquisition Directive

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) acquisition head and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon’s release of a new directive to transform its acquisition procedures. Lord, who serves as the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said updates to the DoD Directive 5000.01 represent a “comprehensive redesign” of the defense acquisition system.

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Accenture Wins DoD’s 2020 Employer Support Freedom Award; Jimmy Etheredge, Vince Vlasho Quoted

The U..S. Department of Defense presentation of the Accenture 2020 Employer Support Freedom Award. L-R Dave Bockel, Major General (Ret.), Georgia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) State Co-Chair; Kevin Wince, Georgia ESGR State Chair; Jimmy Etheredge, Accenture North America CEO; Greg Anderson, global HR COO: former executive sponsor of Military ERG.

The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Accenture its prestigious 2020 Employer Support Freedom Award for the company’s support of its National Guard and Reserve member employees. “We are honored to receive the highest award that the Department of Defense gives employers,” said Jimmy Etheredge, Accenture’s CEO of North America.

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Marine Corps Conduct Cyber Electronic Warfare Training; Capt. Neal McGaughey

Cybersecurity

Service members from the U.S. Marine Corps' I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group and 1st Force Reconnaissance Company participated in a two-week training on tactical cyber electronic warfare reconnaissance and survey operations. “We need to educate and train to the constant changes and advancements to our communication infrastructure in today’s world,” said Capt. Neal McGaughey.

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Air Force, Wichita State University to Develop Digital Twin for B-1 Aircraft Maintenance; Joseph Lay Quoted

B-1B Lancer

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has partnered with Wichita State University to create a virtual twin or a digital representation of the B-1B Lancer aircraft for maintenance purposes. The U.S. Air Force said Tuesday it would use the digital twin to forecast maintenance issues that may occur in B-1B units.

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Army Research Lab Funds University Study on Rechargeable UAVs

Army Research Lab

Army Research Laboratory has invested $8M in the University of Illinois Chicago for research that would explore recharging technologies for unmanned air vehicles. The cooperative agreement, issued in August, would support the design of ground vehicles where UAVs would mount on to autonomously recharge, the U.S. Army said Monday.

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USAF Concludes Tinker AFB Modernization Project; Joseph Cecrle Quoted

Tinker AFB Project

The U.S. Air Force wrapped up a $243 million modernization project that sought to augment energy efficiency and resiliency at Tinker AF Base in Oklahoma. "The ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification also satisfies the Air Force Sustainment Center’s Art of the Possible for continuous energy improvements," said Joseph Cecrle, energy manager at OC-ALC.

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Navy to Field MQ-8C Unmanned Helicopter for Surface Warfare Missions; Cmdr. Matthew Wright Quoted

MQ-8C Fire Scout

The U.S. Navy is fielding an MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to support squadron operations ahead of its deployment with a littoral combat ship (LCS) next year. The Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 recently received the MQ-8C variant of the Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aircraft intended to operate with LCS for surface warfare missions. 

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Ross Guckert: Army’s Enterprise Info Systems Office Eyes RFP Release for Four IT Contracts

Ross Guckert

Ross Guckert, program executive officer at the U.S. Army’s enterprise information systems (EIS) office, announced at an AFCEA Belvoir event that solicitations for four information technology contracts are set for release in the last quarter of calendar year 2020 and one of those is the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-4 Hardware contract.

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Air Force to Reduce Physical Footprint Amid New Telework Norm; Maj. James Tyhurst Quoted

Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has commenced efforts to minimize the physical footprint at facilities, as the service continues to implement teleworking. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) coordinated with installation leaders to gather data on unit space allocations, unit telework plans, building floor plans, building condition and mission dependency.

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Army Reorganizing TRADOC to Focus on Enterprise Multidomain Ops

U.S. Army

Two units under the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) that managed counter-unmanned aerial system (UAS) programs will discontinue operations in a push to transition funds from counterinsurgency activities to large-scale, multidomain combat operations. The Army plans to terminate the operations of its Rapid Equipping Force (REF) and Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) by Sept. 31st, 2021. 

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