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Ellen Lord: DoD Must Consolidate Military Construction Funds to Meet ICBM Modernization Deadlines

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) acquisition head and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the Pentagon seeks to streamline military construction allocations to support the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) missile modernization program. Lord’s office is currently negotiating with Congress on legislation that would allow projects at launch facilities in one location to be consolidated into a single contract.

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Donald Trump to Nominate Former Airman Brian Davis for Assistant Defense Secretary Role

Brian Davis

President Trump intends to nominate Brian Davis, director of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, for the role of assistant defense secretary for manpower and reserve affairs. Davis brings years of U.S. Air Force experience, having served as an officer with the 77th Air Refueling Squadron, the 459th Operations Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing.

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US, UK Sign Declaration on Joint AI R&D Initiatives

AI Initiatives

The U.S. has entered into an agreement with the U.K. to launch a joint effort aimed at driving artificial intelligence-focused research and development, technology adoption and public-private partnerships. The declaration was signed by Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, and U.K. secretaries of state Alok Sharma and Oliver Dowden.

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Q&A with Mike Corkery, President and CEO of Deltek, Addresses Virtual Deltek Insight 2020, COVID-19 Impact on Deltek

Mike Corkery

Mike Corkery, president and CEO of Deltek, and two-time Wash100 Award recipient, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding Deltek’s Insight 2020 Virtual Event, including event platforms and topics, as well as the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on Deltek’s workforce throughout the year, such as telework, social distancing and enacting a flexible workforce. 

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Forcepoint Launches Dynamic User Protection to Advance Threat Detection; Nico Popp, Doug Cahill Quoted

Nico Popp

Forcepoint has launched Dynamic User Protection to advance modern user activity monitoring (UAM) and insider threat protection, leveraging a cloud-native solution to deliver out-of-the-box functionality with no policy configuration, providing real-time visibility into true risk behaviors of compromised and malicious users within hybrid cloud environments. There has been a 400 percent increase in cyberattacks in 2020. 

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VMware Partners with Lumen to Deliver Edge Services; Rajiv Ramaswami Quoted

Rajiv Ramaswami

Lumen Technologies and VMware have partnered to advance edge compute, networking and security. Under the partnership, Lumen will deliver edge services, using integrated VMware technologies. The collaboration will help enterprises expand across data centers, cloud and edge, as well as move business applications that require low latency and efficient localization closer to digital interactions.

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Orolia Receives Security Approval for BroadSim MNSA; Tyler Hohman Quoted

Orolia

Orolia Defense and Security has received security approval by SMC Production Corps. for BroadSim Modernized Navstar Security Algorithm (MNSA), the company reported on Tuesday.  BroadSim’s approval has marked the offering as the only software-defined GNSS simulator on the market to receive the clearance. BroadSim is a proven  solution within the federal government, Department of Defense (DoD) and military customers. 

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Lawmakers Call for Preservation of CMO Position in FY 2021 NDAA

US Capitol

Several lawmakers have called on House and Senate leaders through a letter to retain the chief management officer position within the Department of Defense (DoD) as conference negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021 kick off. The letter was signed by 13 lawmakers, including Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Todd Young, R-Ind.

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DoD Seeks Feedback on Interim Rule for CMMC Implementation

CMMC Implementation

The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking comments on an interim rule to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework and an assessment methodology as part of efforts to better protect unclassified data within the DoD supply chain and evaluate vendors’ implementation of cyber requirements. DoD introduced the interim rule as an amendment. 

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