Tag Archives: Defense Department

Mark Esper: DoD Needs 5% Budget Increase to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, the defense secretary and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon needs a 3 to 5 percent increase in budget to keep up with near-peer adversaries and boost military readiness. He noted that the DoD is looking to realign program funds and reform 2018 National Defense Strategy goals to ensure spending efficiency. 

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CSET Report: DoD Must Have Clarity in Autonomy, AI Research Funding; Margarita Konaev Quoted

Autonomy

A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) has found the Department of Defense (DoD) still faces gaps in AI research despite having “an ambitious vision for artificial intelligence”. The report also suggests that basic AI research investments are smaller than initial estimates. DoD should “provide greater clarity about overall funding levels for autonomy and AI”.

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Serena Chan: DISA to Test Enterprise Identity Mgmt Tech Prototype With Pilot Apps in January

Serena Chan

Serena Chan, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) cyber development directorate, said DISA plans to begin testing in January 2021 its enterprise identity, credential and access management prototype with a subset of 13 applications from several Department of Defense components. The ICAM prototype is set to achieve initial operational capability in late December 2020. 

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DoD, NSA Launch Cyber Workforce Dev’t, Diversity Program

Cyber Workforce

The Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with the National Security Agency (NSA) to launch a workforce training program aimed at promoting cybersecurity skills development to help close the nation’s cyber talent gap. CEDI participants will have access to DoD and NSA-sponsored cybersecurity programs, certified instructors, educational resources and internships with partner businesses.

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DoD’s Undersecretary for Policy Gets New Information Responsibility

DoD

The Department of Defense (DoD) has granted the undersecretary of defense for policy a new responsibility over information operations, as required by the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The undersecretary will concurrently serve as the DoD's principal information operations adviser, an executive who will help the secretary of defense make informed decisions on information operations.

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DoD Puts up New Hypersonics Engineering Office at NSWC Crane; Mark Lewis Quoted

Mark Lewis

The Department of Defense (DoD) has stood up an Indiana-based office that would support collaborative engineering for hypersonic system development. The Joint Hypersonics Transition Office's Systems Engineering Field Activity will operate from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, to help DoD better access NSWC-linked experts from government, commercial and academic sectors.

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Mark Esper: DoD Eyes Commercial Sealift Vessels for FY 2022 Budget

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said that DoD plans to add commercial vessels for military sealift operations in its budget request for fiscal year 2022. The Department of Defense also needs “sufficient munitions” to ensure conflict preparedness, according to Esper.

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DoD to Test-Fly 5th Gen Target Drone This Month; Michael Crisp Quoted

5GAT Target

The Department of Defense (DoD) has planned to perform the maiden test flight of a new aerial target drone in late Oct. 2020 after the department completed ground-based tests. The initial flight of the Fifth Generation Aerial Target will take place at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, following ground test completion in the middle of Sept. 2020 at Michael Army Airfield.

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Federal Government Adds New Partner to Health Information Exchange Network; William Tinston, Dr. Neil Evans Quoted

William Tinston

The Department of Defense (DoD), Department Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have added the CommonWell Health Alliance to the joint health information exchange network, a platform that facilitates wider health data sharing. The engagement with CommonWell adds over 15 thousand medical facilities to the HIE network. 

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DISA Backs Small Businesses Via SETI Vehicle; Carlen Capenos, Christopher Riley Quoted

Carlen Capenos

The Defense Information Systems Agency initiated steps to remove barriers that restrict small businesses from competing for a potential 10-year, $7.5B contract vehicle for systems engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) support services. Carlen Capenos said the agency eliminated barriers to small business contracting by incorporating feedback during the development of the draft and final solicitation for the SETI contract.

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