Tag Archives: acquisition

GAO: DOD Should Adopt Leading Practices for Space Systems Acquisition

Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) implement leading practices for acquiring space systems, including the development of a comprehensive acquisition strategy for the Space Command and Control program and a plan to obtain additional knowledge before launching a new initiative, in order to help accelerate the delivery of new capabilities.

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Gen. John Hyten: JROC Eyes May Release of New Acquisition Requirements Guidance

Gen. John Hyten

Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, said the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) is set to release by the end of May new guidance to help accelerate the acquisition process for four key areas that are part of the Department of Defense’s joint warfighting concept.

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James Geurts: DOD Officials Ramp Up Efforts to Improve Procurement Process

James Geurts

James Geurts, who currently performs the duties of the undersecretary of the Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said Department of Defense (DOD) officials are increasing efforts to reform the acquisition process. He said such reform efforts could help officials achieve the speed and scale in the acquisition process that could “empower the workforce.”

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SOFWERX to Focus on Procurement Speed for USSOCOM; Brian Andrews Quoted

SOFWERX

The SOFWERX hub, an innovation-focused nonprofit partnered with U.S. Special Operations Command, will prioritize efforts to procure and transition technologies in an accelerated pace. Brian Andrews, SOFWERX's chief technology officer, said the organization will focus on rapidly procuring technologies and transitioning them to the warfighter, rather than just identifying these products.

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Tyto Athene Completes Acquisition of AT&T Government Solutions, Inc.; Chris Meilhammer Quoted

Tyto Athene

Tyto Athene announced on Thursday that the company has completed its acquisition of AT&T Government Solutions, Inc. (GSI). The acquisition to acquire GSI was announced on March 3rd and terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. AT&T and Tyto have also agreed to enter into teaming agreements for opportunities in the DoD IT professional services market. 

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GSA Sets Completion Target for Multiple Award Schedule Consolidation; Stephanie Shutt Quoted

Stephanie Shutt

The General Services Administration (GSA) expects to conclude the third phase of its Multiple Award Schedule consolidation effort by the end of 2021. GSA announced the completion of the second phase of MAS consolidation in August 2020 and now wants vendors holding multiple contracts to submit plans by the end of the year. 

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GAO: DOD Should Document Leadership Roles, Responsibilities for Hypersonic Weapons Development

Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) define the roles, authorities and responsibilities of DOD organizations and leadership positions responsible for hypersonic weapons development and acquisition efforts to ensure coordination. The congressional watchdog identified 70 hypersonic weapons development projects spread across the Pentagon as well as the Department of Energy (DOE) and NASA in support of DOD. 

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Accenture to Acquire Pollux to Advance Robotics, Automation Solutions

Accenture

Accenture has agreed to acquire Pollux, a provider of industrial robotics and automation solutions, to expand Accenture’s capabilities across consumer goods, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. “Automation and human + machine collaboration are digitally transforming manufacturing and supply chain operations to be more flexible, resilient, sustainable and safe, and to better meet ever-changing customer demands,” said Nigel Stacey, global lead for Accenture Industry X. 

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GSA to Educate Contracting Officers on DOD’s New Cybersecurity Standards; Keith Nakasone Quoted

Keith Nakasone

The General Services Administration (GSA) has begun to develop training documents for contracting officers in line with the Department of Defense's (DOD) new cybersecurity standards. Keith Nakasone, deputy assistant commissioner for information technology acquisition at GSA, said contracting officers would use these documents as guides for DOD's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standards.

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Gen. David Thompson: Space Force to Establish New Commands, Warfighting Analytical Function in 2021

Gen. David Thompson

Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force, said that the service plans to continue integrating the force with other military branches and combatant commands this year. He said the service established Space Operations Command in October and intends to complete the design and set up a Space Training and Readiness Command and Space Systems Command in 2021.

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