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Steven Walker Discusses DARPA’s Acquisition Proces

Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Wednesday about DARPA’s use of other transaction authorities in its artificial intelligence program. Walker, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said DARPA plans to continue using OTAs in other technology initiatives to speed up the acquisition process.

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Heather Wilson Unveils Air Force Science & Technology Strategy

Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Heather Wilson announced a new strategy for the service to identify, build and deploy technology platforms for the next 10 years and beyond as well as expand its tech superiority amid peer-to-peer threats, the Air Force reported Wednesday. "The Science and Technology Strategy isn’t just a list of technologies. Our approach will be to predict where adversaries cannot easily go and make sure the Air Force gets there first,” said Wilson.

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VA Applies 3D Printing to Health Care

The Veterans Health Administration, an agency within the Department of Veterans Affairs, is implementing the use of 3D printing in medical activities, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Doctors at Puget Sound Medical Center leverage additive manufacturing to simulate surgeries. Meanwhile, doctors from other hospitals use the technology to produce customized braces.

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Anil Cheriyan: GSA’s Technology Transformation Service Should Leverage FAS, Industry Partners

Anil Cheriyan, director of the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service, told Nextgov in an interview published Tuesday that TTS is actively looking into how it builds momentum, establishes sustainability and drives for excellence.Cheriyan said the TTS organization should leverage GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, which he believes plays a role in performing acquisitions especially in the technology space.

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Heather Wilson, Dave Goldfein: US Ready to Demonstrate Readiness to Counter Adversary Threats

U.S. Air Force officials noted that the nation is prepared to demonstrate space capabilities to adversaries to show readiness to react to threats, Defense News reported Wednesday. “That capability needs to be one that’s understood by your adversary. They need to know that there are certain things we can do, at least at some broad level,” said Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Heather Wilson during the recent Space Symposium in Colorado.

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VA Integrating Financial, Acquisition Systems for Latest IT Upgrade

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to integrate its acquisition and financial management systems to improve how the agency buys technologies as part of its ongoing modernization program, Government CIO Media & Research reported Monday. “Longstanding in VA, we've not had an integrated acquisition and finance solution,” said Terry Riffel, deputy assistant secretary of financial management business transformation at VA.

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