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Navy Receives Second USS Gerard R. Ford Advanced Weapons Elevator

The U.S. Navy has installed a second advanced weapons elevator to the USS Gerard R. Ford aircraft carrier, also known as CVN-78. The military service said on Wednesday it has accepted the AWE after it completed certification and tests from Huntington Ingalls Industries during the vessel's post-shakedown availability.

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DLA Modernizing Tech at Eastern Distribution Center in Pennsylvania

The Defense Logistics Agency has embarked on an effort to modernize operations at its Eastern Distribution Center in Susquehanna, Pa., DLA said Wednesday. The agency anticipates the modernization project will cost around $107 million with a return on investment within four years. Pilot projects such as the unmanned automated guided vehicle have been deployed to the EDC to help move material between locations.

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Suzette Kent: Public Trust is Next Priority for Federal Tech Modernization

Federal Chief Information Officer and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Suzette Kent said the administration’s modernization efforts for 2019 include building public trust with new technologies supporting government operations, such as automation and artificial intelligence, Nextgov reported Wednesday. She said the effort comes as the government already made progress in updating policies supporting federal digital transformation. 

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Navy Eyes Commercial Cloud Providers for Long-Haul Telecom Services; Will Stephens Quoted

The U.S. Navy plans to kick off a prototype project in the spring of 2019 to determine whether to outsource long-haul telecommunications support to one or more cloud service providers, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The service currently relies on the Defense Information Systems Agency’s wide-area network for telecom services. 

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Mark Esper: Industry Engagement Helping Army Build Modernized Network

Army Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper will continue working with industry to help the service modernize its network and keep pace with the rapidly changing technologies, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday. The focus on industry to improve the Army’s network comes as the commercial sector can provide “the most capable and most advanced technologies,” he told the publication.

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Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford: Army Establishing Cloud Program Office in Next Three Months

Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, chief information officer of the U.S. Army, said the service plans to establish a cloud program office in the next 90 days as part of the Department of Defense’s cloud strategy, National Defense reported Tuesday. Crawford said the military branch intends to release an updated cloud strategy in the next three months and award two contracts for cloud services this fiscal year.

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CIO Suzette Kent: Federal Workforce Welcomes OMB’s AI, Automation Initiative

Federal Chief Information Officer and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Suzette Kent said the federal workforce is showing great interest in the administration’s initiative to retool agencies with artificial intelligence, automation and analytics, Federal News Network reported Monday. Over 1,500 employees applied to the Office of Management and Budget’s first Federal Cyber Re-skilling Academy that intends to train non-information technology personnel for future cyber-related tasks and the use of innovative technologies.

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DISA Streamlines Web-Based Service Ordering

The Defense Information Systems Agency updated its services and capabilities catalog that now allows mission partners to submit orders online. Defense organizations may select from 91 services in the mission categories of commercial satellite communications, Department of Defense mobility solutions, data services and voice services, officials said Friday.

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