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Ellen Lord on DoD’s Updated Defense Acquisition Directive

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) acquisition head and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon’s release of a new directive to transform its acquisition procedures. Lord, who serves as the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said updates to the DoD Directive 5000.01 represent a “comprehensive redesign” of the defense acquisition system.

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PAE Wins $50M Contract to Support Navajo Nation COVID-19 Response; John Heller Quoted

John Heller

PAE has been awarded a $50 million contract by the Navajo Nation to serve as the joint logistics and medical integrator for the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 response, the company reported on Thursday. With the company’s selection, PAE will provide solutions to operate multiple Alternate Care Sites and deploy mobile testing teams. 

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Mark Esper: US Must Expand Fleet by 2045 to Retain Naval Dominance

Dr. Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the U.S. Navy must launch fleet expansion efforts to ensure American military dominance against China. Esper revealed that the U.S. needs to expand its fleet to over 355 ships by the mid-2030s and 500 ships by 2045.

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NASA Appoints Barry “Butch” Wilmore as Commander of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner; Leanne Caret Quoted

Barry Wilmore

NASA has appointed Barry “Butch” Wilmore to serve as commander of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner for the Crew Flight Test, succeeding Chris Ferguson, Boeing reported on Wednesday. Wilmore previously served as a backup crew member Starliner flight, and will join Nicole Mann and Mike Fincke for this first crewed mission of the Starliner spacecraft.

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Three Lawmakers Suggest Ways for Federal Gov’t to Advance AI Development

Artificial Intelligence

Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., said they believe the federal government will play a key role in pushing the development of artificial intelligence by ensuring access to data and education. “We need to have a test facility to test algorithms so that we can understand what bias is going into artificial intelligence,” McNerney said.

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Intel Federal Wins DoD Contract Under SHIP Program; Jim Brinker Quoted

Jim Brinker

The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Intel Federal the second phase of its State-of-the-Art Heterogeneous Integration Prototype (SHIP) program that will enable federal agencies to access Intel’s state-of-the-art semiconductor packaging capabilities in Arizona and Oregon. The federal government will gain access to capabilities created by Intel’s annual research and development (R&D) and manufacturing investment.

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Veritas Capital Completes $5B Acquisition of DXC’s HHS Business; Mike Salvino, Ramzi Musallam Quoted

Ramzi Musallam

DXC Technology has completed the sale of its State and Local Health and Human Services business to Veritas Capital for $5 billion to form Gainwell Technologies.  DXC will use the net proceeds from the cash consideration to strengthen its balance sheet and reduce debt by approximately 3.5 billion dollars. 

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Perspecta to be Presenting Sponsor of Military Bowl; Perspecta CEO, Chairman Mac Curtis Quoted

2020 Military Bowl

Perspecta Inc. will be the presenting sponsor for the Military Bowl postseason college football bowl game, named Military Bowl presented by Perspecta, over the next three years. The game will benefit the United Service Organizations (USO) of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. Perspecta chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Mac Curtis currently serves on the Military Bowl Board of Directors.

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Sgt. Maj. Sheryl Lyon Assumes Role as USCYBERCOM Senior Enlisted Leader; Gen. Paul Nakasone Quoted

Sheryl Lyon

Sgt. Maj. Sheryl Lyon, formerly with Army Cyber Command, has taken up her new role as command senior enlisted leader of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency (NSA). She will oversee military advocacy efforts and help officials address military workforce issues in her new role,  succeeding Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker, who is now U.S. Space Command's senior enlisted leader, NSA said Friday.

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James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for R&D and Acquisition, Receives His First Wash100 Award

James Geurts

James “Hondo” Geurts, assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for research, development and acquisition, received his 2020 Wash100 Award for the first time in his long career for driving innovation and technological capabilities for the service branch. Visit POC’s 2020 Navy Forum main page to register for Potomac Officers Club’s 2020 Navy Forum on Wednesday, September 30th. 

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