Tag Archives: Defense Department

David McKeown: DOD Eyes Creation of Zero-Trust-Focused Portfolio Office

David McKeown

David McKeown, the Department of Defense's (DOD) equivalent of a chief information security officer, said DOD is looking to establish a portfolio management office that specializes in zero-trust cybersecurity. The office's creation would help DOD centralize and manage efforts to implement a zero-trust architecture, which strictly imposes requirements before one is able to access the defense network.

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DOD to Adopt DISA-Made Access Management Tool; David McKeown Quoted

David McKeown

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has developed a tool the military intends to use for securely handling credentials and network access. Financial management teams at the Department of Defense (DOD) will be the first to use the new identity, credentialing and access management (ICAM) tool. DISA developed ICAM based on input submitted by industry entities. 

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DOD’s Barbara McQuiston, Stefanie Tompkins on Prioritizing Partnerships to Drive Innovation

Technology Development

Barbara McQuiston, acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the Department of Defense (DoD) must “innovate at speed and scale” to retain leadership in emerging technologies. According to McQuiston, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) has been making progress in keeping pace with industry on technology development. The agency currently has 189 companies under contract. 

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Rep. Adam Smith Highlights Need to Improve Defense Spending Management

Rep. Adam Smith

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), said he wants to find new approaches on how the Department of Defense (DOD) can improve the way it spends its funding. “There are not enough incentives right now in the way we spend money at the Pentagon to save money and get the best value for what you’re doing. We need to change that,” Smith said.

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Purdue University Leads DOD-Supported Consortium to Protect Microelectronics Supply Chain

Purdue University

The Center for Secure Microelectronics Ecosystem (CSME) will work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and industrial partners to secure the global supply chain of semiconductor chips. Participants of the DOD-backed Scalable Asymmetric Lifecycle Engagement Microelectronics Workforce Development (SCALE) program will receive opportunities to polish their microelectronics skills while supporting CSME.

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Ylli Bajraktari: DOD Must Take Action to Accelerate AI Adoption

Ylli Bajraktari

Ylli Bajraktari, executive director of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, said the Department of Defense must modernize its digital infrastructure to accommodate faster AI development across the military. Bajraktari said this and three other AI-focused recommendations for the DOD in an opinion piece published Monday at Defense One.

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Kathleen Hicks on Need to Prioritize Resilience of Military Facilities Against Climate Change’s Effects

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, visited Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sally and took part in a video conference with other military leaders from other installations to highlight the need to develop resilience against the effects of climate change

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Air Force Releases FY 2019/2020 Acquisition Management Report; Darlene Costello Quoted

Acquisition Management

A new biennial report from the Department of the Air Force states that the department has made progress in its procurement management through the use of commercial ventures and digital acquisition strategies. The Air Force detailed in the fiscal year 2019/2020 Acquisition Biennial Report how it quickened the pace of delivering technologies to warfighters through rapid acquisition authorities and mid-tier acquisition procedures, the service branch said Friday.

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DOD, Allied Counterparts Form Polar Environment Research Partnership


The Department of Defense (DoD) has entered into an agreement with six allied counterparts to conduct research into the environmental conditions of the Earth’s polar regions. ICE-PPR comes as part of the U.S. Navy’s efforts to survey the Arctic landscape to potentially gain an advantage over U.S. rivals such as Russia and China. 

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NSCAI’s Robert Work, JAIC’s Michael Groen on DOD’s AI Readiness Needs

AI Readiness

Robert Work, vice-chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), said the U.S. must take its competition with China seriously as the latter accelerates government support for AI programs. Work told reporters at a Pentagon briefing that the U.S. must establish resources, a strategy and organizational structure to compete with China on AI.

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