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Air Force Selects Ellsworth AFB as Potential B-21 Bomber Aircraft Base

The U.S. Air Force plans to designate Ellsworth AF Base in South Dakota as the location of its B-21 Raider bomber aircraft, the service branch said Wednesday. The Air Force chose Ellsworth AFB to host the first operational B-21 and its related training operations due to the installation’s capacity to handle simultaneous missions with reduced costs and minimal impact on operations. 

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Suzette Kent Details White House Plans in First Federal Data Strategy

Federal Chief Information Officer and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Suzette Kent hinted the White House is prioritizing citizen privacy, research, economy, geospatial data, transparency and modern technology in its first Federal Data Strategy, FedScoop reported Wednesday. The administration plans to release the document in the coming weeks to guide agencies in their data priorities for 2019.

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Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic, Presents Stu Shea, President and CEO of Peraton, His Third Wash100 Award

Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented Stu Shea, president and chief executive officer of Peraton, with his third Wash100 Award win on Tuesday. Executive Mosaic recognizes Shea for accelerating organic growth and providing exemplary customer service. We are pleased to present the most coveted award in government contracting to Shea.

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Stuart McGuigan Named Permanent State Department CIO

Stuart McGuigan, former chief information officer of Johnson & Johnson, has been appointed as CIO of the State Department and head of the Bureau of Information Resource Management, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. McGuigan will replace acting CIO Karen Mummaw, who will retire in April after 31 years of service at State.

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Army Funding Development of Anti-Ship Precision Strike Missiles

The U.S. Army earmarked funds for the development of a land-based, anti-ship missile as part of the Precision Strike Missile program, Defense News reported Wednedsay. Col. John Rafferty, director of the Army’s long-range precision fires cross-functional team, said the service is accelerating efforts for the first PrSM spiral of capability that will apply cross-domain functions to attack maritime targets. 

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Margaret Weichert on Performance Management, People’s Role in Tech Change Initiatives

Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, told Federal Times in an interview published Tuesday about the role of workforce in technology change initiatives and the agency’s plan to focus on performance management. “Performance management is an area where we’re looking very closely at things that are in the regulatory realm: areas where there are perhaps artificial barriers to rewarding people, limits imposed on how much they could be given a bonus — or how bonuses are distributed between, let’s say, SES and our senior technical leaders, the SL cadre of folks,” Weichert said.

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Army Eyes Summer to Complete Latest Modernization Strategy

Gen. John Murray, commander of Army Futures Command and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. Army plans to finalize a new modernization strategy over the summer providing “a holistic solution” to update military capabilities amid the changing warfare, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. He announced the plan at the recent Association of the United States Army's Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Ala. 

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Budget Request Continues to Back National Defense Strategy

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan said the Trump administration’s $718 billion budget request for the Pentagon for fiscal 2020 needs to continue to implement the National Defense Strategy, the Department of Defense website reported Tuesday. The proposed DoD budget will “reflect difficult, but necessary, decisions that align finite resources with our strategic priorities,” Shanahan said on Tuesday during his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.

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SPAWAR Promotes Newest Seaport Contract Vehicle at Industry Event

Officials from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command talked with over 300 private sector representatives during an industry day dedicated to Seaport Next Generation, the U.S. Navy's newest contract vehicle for program management and technical services. The event, hosted by the National Defense Industry Association, took place in San Diego, Calif., on March 20, the Navy said Tuesday

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