Tag Archives: Defense Department

Lockheed Martin Tops Defense Contract Recipients List in New DOD FY 2020 Defense Spending Report

The Department of Defense’s Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation released its Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Spending by State report on Friday. DoD’s report outlines information including categories of contracted goods and services, total spending figures, numbers and types of defense personnel and major defense vendors across each state and …

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David McKeown: DISA to Assess Companies Vying for New DOD Enterprise Cloud Contract

David McKeown, chief information security officer at the Department of Defense (DOD), said the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will assess companies that will apply for the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract.  The multiple-award JWCC succeeds the now-scrapped Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure or JEDI contract, which was designed to …

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Senate Panel’s Defense Spending Bill to Raise Pentagon’s FY 2022 Budget by $24B

The Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed a bill that would increase the Department of Defense’s budget by $24 billion for fiscal year 2022 to advance artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies, improve infrastructure and facilities across the service branches and develop capabilities to counter Chinese threats, Breaking Defense reported …

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GAO: DOD Should Fill Gaps in Small Business Strategy


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) advises the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop an implementation plan, policy and a formal monitoring process for the DOD Small Business Strategy. Congress, in 2019, tasked DOD to create a strategy that will guide how the department handles small business programs, GAO said Thursday.

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Heidi Grant to End Tenure as DSCA Director

Heidi Grant

Heidi Grant, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), will step down from her role and transition out of the federal government. She has served as DSCA's director since August 2020 and has contributed 32 years of service to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Joint Staff and other Department of Defense components, DSCA said Tuesday.

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Army: Pennsylvania Tech Hub Perfect Area for Speeding Up AI Acquisition

Artificial Intelligence

The Army Artificial Intelligence Integration Center (AI2C) in Pittsburgh has identified the growing technology hub in Pennsylvania as the perfect location to work on its goal of expediting acquisition timelines for AI offerings. The U.S. Army said Tuesday that AI2C connects military personnel with neighboring Pittsburgh-based innovators, tech start-ups and companies and research facilities that are focused on producing AI products at speed.

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Heidi Shyu Highlights DOD’s Need for Trusted AI, Machine Learning

Heidi Shyu

Heidi Shyu, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense and a previous Wash100 Award winner, discussed several technology areas that are critical to DOD’s efforts in countering adversaries and one of those is artificial intelligence. "In my mind, we have to drive towards affordable, attributable, survivable unmanned platforms. To do that, it's gonna be critical to have trusted AI ML and trusted autonomy,” she said.

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David McKeown: DOD Eyes Industry Technologies to Support Defense Cybersecurity

David McKeown

David McKeown, the Department of Defense's chief information security officer (CISO) and deputy chief information officer (CIO), has looked on the industry for cybersecurity technologies to defend defense networks. He shared that his agency needs help from private-sector companies to bake in cybersecurity on tools and networks to replace its current practice of purchasing defense capabilities as an add-on feature. 

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