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Jeff White on Army’s Use of Other Transaction Authorities

Jeff White, principal deputy to the assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said the service is keen to use other transaction authorities to accelerate the acquisition process but wants to exercise caution when using OTA agreements, National Defense reported Wednesday. During the Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference in California, White said that he considers OTA a “highly effective business tool” for the service’s prototyping, research and production initiatives.

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NSA Names UTSA as Featured School for Cybersecurity Partnership

The National Security Agency and the University of Texas at San Antonio have partnered for their cybersecurity partnership for over 16 years. George Barnes, deputy director of NSA, said in a statement posted on Tuesday that the university has received the Center of Academic Excellence designation in the areas of cyber defense, research and operations.

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Seeks to Grow ‘Margin of Dominance’ in Space

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Patrick Shanahan said the Department of Defense’s objective is to accelerate the “margin of dominance” in space to protect the country’s $19 trillion economy and military systems, the DoD website reported Wednesday. Shanahan said Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that DoD’s reorganization efforts to recognize space as a warfighting domain supports the goal and involves the creation of a new Space Force within the Department of the Air Force, development of a new Space Command and formation of a new Space Development Agency.
 

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Nielsen: Government Needs Industry to Help Address Growing Cyber Threats

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the federal government needs the private sector to detect and deter emerging cyber threats, The Hill reported Tuesday. During the agency’s recent Science and Technology Directorate’s Cybersecurity and Innovation Showcase, Nielsen highlighted that the rates of threats and risks are outpacing the government’s ability to identify, assess and address them. 

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Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic, Presents John Goodman, CEO of Accenture Federal Services, His Second Consecutive Wash100 Award

Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented John Goodman, CEO of Accenture Federal Services, with his second consecutive Wash100 Award on March 6th. Executive Mosaic recognizes Goodman for his work advancing digital technologies and intelligence distributed systems. We are happy to present the most coveted award in government contracting to John Goodman of Accenture Federal Services.

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NAWCAD Delivers F-35B Weapons Loader Adapters to Marine Corps; David Page Quoted

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Lakehurst Airborne Weapons Support Equipment branch developed a weapons loader and an adapter to boost the F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft's loading capabilities. The GBU-49 loader is designed to assist the F-35B attack moving ground-based targets while an adapter attachment allows the aircraft to carry and deploy smart bombs, the U.S. Navy said Tuesday.

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Steven Walker: DARPA Developing Cyber Deterrence, Hypersonics, AI Programs

Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discussed some of DARPA’s programs at the Defense Programs Conference, the Department of Defense website reported Tuesday. Walker said some of the capabilities that DARPA works on to defend the country from existential threats and near-peer adversaries include cyber deterrence, tactical-boost guide program and hypersonic weapons. 

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James Mattis Named Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution

James Mattis, former secretary of the Department of Defense and two-time Wash100 Award recipient, has been named Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, effective May 1. Mattis plans to focus his research on domestic and international security policy and participate in military and national security-related programs and events at Hoover sites in California and Washington, D.C., the institution said Tuesday.

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