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DOD Updates Acquisition Framework for Software, Major Procurements; Mike Coolican Quoted

Software Development

The Department of Defense (DOD) has released an updated version of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) aimed at simplifying acquisition policies based on different pathways. The AAF, known as DOD Instruction 5000.02, includes pathways such as software, business systems, services, urgent capabilities, major capabilities and mid-tier procurement. Mike Coolican noted that the software pathway is “the most powerful.”

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Farooq Mitha Sworn In as Small Business Programs Director at DOD Industrial Policy Office

Farooq Mitha

Farooq Mitha, president and CEO of Imbue Group, has taken oath as director of small business programs at the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, the Department of Defense (DOD) said Monday. Prior to DOD, Mitha served as a partner at law firm Geller Mitha.

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Report Proposes Strategy to Strengthen U.S. Defense Industrial Base

Defense Industrial Base

The Department of Defense (DoD) released on Thursday a report recommending a strategy to achieve a secure, innovative and resilient defense industrial base. The report cited the Pentagon’s move to issue an interim rule to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework as a key development in the previous fiscal year.

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Report: White House Postpones Additional Sanctions on Russia

The Trump administration has decided to delay the enforcement of new sanctions on Russia despite the passage of a law in 2017 that seeks to penalize the country for its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, Reuters reported Monday. “Today, we have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation …

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Frank Kendall Urges Next Administration to Prioritize Defense R&D, Modernization Investments

Frank Kendall, the Defense Department‘s top acquisition official, has said funding defense technology research, development and modernization programs should be a priority for the next administration, DoD News reported Wednesday. Karen Parrish writes Kendall made the statement Wednesday during a Center for Strategic and International Studies-hosted forum where he discussed his new …

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Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson: Army Acquisition Reform Focuses on Modernization

Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, principal military deputy to the U.S. Army acquisitions chief, has said that a “whole government” approach and an increased decision-making authority for the services will help efforts to reform defense acquisition. He told Defense News reporter Jen Judson in an interview published Tuesday that acquisition reform plans should focus on …

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John McCain: Proposed DoD Rule to ‘Undermine’ Silicon Valley Collaboration Efforts

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes that a new proposed rule for the acquisition of commercial products at the Defense Department “undermines” efforts to drive collaboration with Silicon Valley, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes that McCain told Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a letter that the rule would retain the acquisition status quo at …

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