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DLA Planning Deployment of Automated Bots for Routine Work

The Defense Logistics Agency is planning to deploy at least 75 platforms that run on robotic process automation to help personnel in menial tasks by the end of September, Federal News Network reported Friday. John Lockwood, RPA manager for the DLA, said at a recent Carahsoft and UiPath event that the agency has around 20 bots in operation and 30 more in production.

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DoD Takes New Look on How to Secure Defense Industrial Base

Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and Wash100 Award winner, announced new efforts to improve how the Pentagon will identify the companies at risk of cyber attacks, USNI News reported Friday. “So what I’ve mandated is, this year we will come up with a National Cybersecurity Standard with metrics, and we will develop third-party independent auditors who can go and audit against those cybersecurity standards,” she said at a recent U.S. Naval Institute meeting.

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DoD CMO Releases Initial Enterprise Business Reform Plan

The Department of Defense’s office of the chief management officer issued an initial plan to reform DoD’s enterprise business operations on Friday. OCMO set up three reform teams – human resources, supply chain and logistics and category management - to “establish a culture of continuous improvement focused on results and accountability” and oversee four activities cited in Section 921 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019, according to the report.

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OMB Announces White House’s Strategy for Shared Services Adoption Through New Memo

The Office of Management and Budget released a memorandum Friday to advance the adoption of shared services to improve government operations’ efficiency and meet the cross-agency priority goal for sharing quality services in the President’s Management Agenda. “The memo establishes the new model for identifying, planning and operating government-wide shared services,” Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said in a statement published Friday.

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NSWC Corona Starts Large-Data Navy Catalog Dev’t

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Division is developing a large data concept to unify, disseminate and catalog U.S. Navy research, development, evaluation and test data, Dvidshub reported Thursday. Led by Hovanes Keseyan, an employee from NSWC Corona, the planned technology will accommodate all relative data through the enterprise and will be accessible via Department of Defense and other database systems.

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NIWC Atlantic Helps Navy Sustain F-35 Logistics Management System

Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic works to support the technical needs of a platform to manage the F-35 aircraft's logistics activities. The Autonomic Logistics Information System facilitates the aircraft's operations, maintenance, prognostics, supply chain, customer support services, training and technical data in one integrated platform, the U.S. Navy said Thursday

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Sandia Nat’l Labs Developing AI Capabilities for Hypersonic Vehicles

The Department of Energy's Sandia National Labs is working to integrate automated technology into hypersonic vehicles to support flight and mission planning and improve aircraft survivability, National Defense reported Thursday. Alex Roesler, deputy director of Sandia's integrated military systems center, said that automating mission and flight planning for hypersonic aircraft would accelerate testing operations that normally require extensive expert input and take weeks to plan during the U.S. Army’s Mad Scientist event in Texas.

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Federal CISO Calls for Scalable Approach to Secure Supply Chain

Grant Schneider, federal chief information security officer, said the government should expand its approach for providing security to the federal supply chain to stay ahead of the latest threats, Nextgov reported Thursday. The government implements government-wide restrictions to secure networks and contractors.

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