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Former DOD Acquisition Chief Ellen Lord Appointed as Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins APL

Ellen Lord

Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has named Ellen Lord, former undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DOD) and four-time Wash100 Award recipient, as a senior fellow. She will be responsible for providing the lab with insights on government- and military-related technology and policy decisions. 

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Gen. John Murray on Need for ‘Bottom-Up’ Experimentation for JADC2 Concept

Gen. John Murray

Gen. John Murray, head of Army Futures Command (AFC) and a two-time Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. military should resist the urge to get in a “rush for lockdown requirements” for the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept. “I still believe that the best solutions never come from the top down,” Murray said. “All four services coming together from the ground up, working solutions together in actual experimentation, will greatly inform and enhance whatever we end up with.” 

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Labor Department Secures TMF Investment for Data System Modernization; Maria Roat Quoted

Maria Roat

The Department of Labor (DOL) has received $9.6 million in funding from the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) program to help update the department’s data management platform. The General Services Administration (GSA) said Friday it will use the TMF funding to improve the accessibility and availability of department data for other agencies as well as developers, researchers and the press.

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Gen. Mark Milley: NSA-Cybercom Split Could Impact Flow of Signals Intelligence

Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a four-time Wash100 Award, said the organizational criteria for separating the National Security Agency from Cyber Command have not yet been met and that the split will impact the military’s access to signals intelligence. “For us in the military, the signals intelligence we get from the NSA is ... unbelievably good,” Milley told reporters.

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Raj Iyer on Plans to Establish Army’s Digital Governance Body

Raj Iyer

Raj Iyer, chief information officer of the U.S. Army and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said he plans to create a council that will advise the Army on digital decision-making. He added that decentralizing IT spending across the Army leads to overspending by $2 billion annually. The governance body will directly report to the Army’s vice chief of staff and undersecretary.

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Defense Procurement Vet James Geurts to Serve as Navy’s Undersecretary on Acting Basis

James Geurts

James Geurts, who most recently served as the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition and was a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, was designated the service's acting undersecretary. Geurts will also concurrently perform duties as chief operations and management officer of the Department of the Navy (DON), the service said the same day.

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GDIT Announces AWS Availability on milCloud 2.0 Contract; Dave Levy Quoted

Dave Levy

General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) has announced the availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) under the milCloud 2.0 contract. AWS availability will provide the Department of Defense (DoD) access to an expanded portfolio of secure cloud services. “Through this collaboration… DoD customers can access leading cloud services,” said Dave Levy, vice president of U.S. Government, Nonprofit and Healthcare at AWS and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient. 

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U.S.-Australia Partnership to Jointly Prototype Hypersonic Missiles; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The Australian government will help the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) develop and eventually demonstrate hypersonic cruise missiles under a new partnership. Michael Kratsios and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, the acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the joint effort would allow the U.S. and its allies to maintain leadership in hypersonics technology.

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Gen. James Dickinson’s SPACECOM Strategy to Focus on U.S. Digital Superiority, Cyber Programs

NASA

Gen. James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), has said that retaining U.S. digital leadership and accelerating emerging cyber efforts are key to the command’s strategic vision. He added that while SPACECOM is yet to finalize a timeline for achieving full operational capability, the command still has the capacity to dominate in conflict against adversaries in the space domain.

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Perspecta Set to Be Acquired by Veritas Capital in $7.1B All-Cash Acquisition; Mac Curtis, Ramzi Musallam, Stu Shea Quoted

Mac Curtis

Perspecta, a leading U.S. government services provider, announced on Wednesday that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Veritas Capital in a $7.1 billion all-cash acquisition. The transaction has been approved by Perspecta’s Board of Directors and is expected to close in the first half of the 2021 fiscal year. 

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