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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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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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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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Air Force Eyes ‘Digital Engineering’ to Help Industry Create More Jobs

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said digital engineering could help the service and the Department of Defense address the challenges facing contractors in rapid defense procurement initiatives, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. “Through increased computing speed, storage capacity and processing capabilities, digital engineering has empowered a paradigm shift from the traditional design-build-test methodology,” he said at a recent conference hosted by the Air Force Association in Arlington, Va.

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Federal Officials Cite Slow Acquisition Process, Change Management as Hurdles to Health Innovation

Government officials discussed the challenges to federal health care innovation during an event hosted by the American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Terry Adirim, deputy assistant secretary for health services policy and oversight at the Department of Defense, cited poor change management and slow procurement process as obstacles to innovative projects.

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Heather Wilson on Air Force’s Efforts to Maintain US Dominance in Space

Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Heather Wilson said the service adopts a comprehensive approach based on “a clear-eyed assessment of the world as it is” to maintain the country’s superiority in space, the Air Force reported Tuesday. Wilson the assessment extends to discussions over the establishment of space force as the sixth military branch during the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo on Tuesday. 

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Air Force Recommends Faster Acquisition Process in Fiscal 2018 Report

The U.S. Air Force found that the branch needs to accelerate its procurement process through its fiscal year 2018 annual acquisition report. Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said in statement published Tuesday that the military service needs to remain competitive and avoid the usage of procurement processes from the Cold War era.

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Army Preps to Test JLTV Upgrades

A senior official at Oshkosh Defense said the U.S. Army is set to test new modifications to its joint light tactical vehicle at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. The updated JLTV will be delivered to Fort Stewart, Ga., this week for initial evaluation, according to George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of joint programs at Oshkosh Defense.

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Jeff White on Army’s Use of Other Transaction Authorities

Jeff White, principal deputy to the assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said the service is keen to use other transaction authorities to accelerate the acquisition process but wants to exercise caution when using OTA agreements, National Defense reported Wednesday. During the Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference in California, White said that he considers OTA a “highly effective business tool” for the service’s prototyping, research and production initiatives.

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