Tag Archives: Defense Department

Cynthia Mendoza: DOD Needs to Modernize IT Systems With Basics-Based Approach

Cynthia Mendoza

Cynthia Mendoza, the Department of Defense's (DOD) deputy chief information officer for special access program information technology, said the military needs to modernize its IT systems to meet battlefield intelligence requirements. She said the department must follow the basic principles of understanding mission results, forming partnerships and applying lessons learned.

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Senate Armed Services Panel OKs $740B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2022; Sen. Jack Reed Quoted

Defense Budget

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 23-3 Wednesday to move the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act to the Senate floor for consideration. The bill would authorize $740.3 billion in FY 2022 funds for the Department of Defense and a 2.7 percent increase in pay for U.S. troops and civilian workforce at DOD.

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Task Force Offers Recommendations to Help Pentagon Secure Defense Supply Chains; Rep. Elissa Slotkin Quoted

Defense Supply Chain

The Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force has issued its final report outlining six recommendations for the Department of Defense (DOD) and one of those is the need to treat the security of supply chains as a strategic priority. Slotkin said the task force has proposed several measures to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers and prevent future shortages. 

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Air Force Writes Document to Guide ABMS Activities

Advanced Battle

The Department of the Air Force (DAF) has created a document that would guide changes as it continues to test the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), which facilitates information sharing between commanders and pilots. Brig. Gen. Jeffery Valenzia leads a cross-functional team (CFT) that developed the document. The CFT is tasked to work on ABMS requirements and integration activities.

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Former Defense Exec Lisa Porter: U.S. Should Not Limit Microelectronics Supply Chain

Lisa Porter

Lisa Porter, who formerly served as the deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the U.S. government should contribute to international microelectronics standards rather than solely rely on the limited, domestic supply chain. She said relying purely on U.S.-made microelectronics is not feasible and establishes a false notion. 

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DISA Completes Joint Ops Center Upgrade; Capt. Rick Larson Quoted

Defense Information

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has completed a $1.2 million project to modernize the watch floor of its Joint Operations Center (JOC). DISA said Tuesday the 18-month effort included architectural refurbishment and equipment upgrade at the facility where personnel help operates and secures the Department of Defense Information Network.

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Air Force Research Lab’s Spacecraft Completes MEO Test Mission; Robert Johnston Quoted

DSX Satellite Mission

An Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)-built small spacecraft carrying four experiment suites has completed its mission after almost two years in orbit. The Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) mission aimed to collect data for the Department of Defense (DOD) to understand the impact of environmental factors in medium-Earth orbit on spacecraft components. 

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Pentagon to Announce Transition Plan as Acquisition Office Faces Vacancies

Pentagon

The Department of Defense (DOD) is facing vacancies within its office focused on weapons procurement and modernization efforts. “Succession plans are in place to ensure continuity of operations and support of the Secretary’s priorities," Jessica Maxwell, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, said in a statement. "We will be announcing the transition plan in the coming weeks.”

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Air Force’s Kessel Run Shares ‘Chaos Engineering’ Practices to Navy’s Black Pearl; Omar Marrero Quoted

Chaos Engineering

Kessel Run, or the DevSecOps unit of the Air Force Life Cycle Management (AFLCM) Center, has started sharing a set of standard operating procedures for "Chaos Engineering" to the Department of the Navy’s Black Pearl to help it in providing cloud-based enterprise platform and development tool. Kessel Run conducted its first simulated attack in 2020. 

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Joseph Nogueira on CAPE Office’s Analytical Efforts Related to DOD’s Tactical Aircraft

Joseph Nogueira

Joseph Nogueira, acting director of the office of cost assessment and program evaluation (CAPE) at the Department of Defense (DOD), told members of a House Armed Services Committee panel Tuesday that CAPE performed analytic efforts to evaluate the readiness and capability of DOD’s tactical aircraft in support of the budget request for fiscal year 2022.

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