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Tom Becht: Industry Satcom Providers Should Form Consortium to Offer Services to DoD

Tom Becht, interim director of the military satellite communications directorate at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, has said he believes commercial satcom providers should offer their services to the Defense Department as a group, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. “We would be looking for a consortium view on how to supply DoD more commercial capability,” he said Wednesday at the 2018 Global MilSatcom conference in London.

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Pete Geren, Raymond Johns Nominated to Serve on Military Aviation Safety Commission

The House Armed Services Committee has announced plans to appoint Pete Geren, former secretary of the U.S. Army; and Raymond Johns, a retired U.S. Air Force general; to the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety. The commission was created in accordance with the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to investigate causes of accidents involving military aircraft, the committee said Wednesday.

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DoD, GSA, NASA Propose Rule to Include Ombudsman’s Information in Multiple-Award IDIQs

The Defense DepartmentNASA and the General Services Administration have introduced a rule that seeks to require agencies to include in solicitations for multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite–quantity contracts the ombudsman’s contact information. The agencies proposed the regulation as an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation in an effort to establish a "standardized way to provide the necessary information to contractors with a single contract clause for use by all agencies," according to a Federal Register notice posted Thursday.

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Fred Kennedy: Reorganization Efforts, New Tech Procurements Can Advance Space Missions

Fred Kennedy, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Tactical Technology Office, has said efforts to reorganize the space architecture and procure new technologies align with plans to modernize the military space business, Space News reported Monday.

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Dana Deasy Talks Cloud, Artificial Intelligence at DISA’s Forecast to Industry Conference

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Defense Department, has said he believes cloud provides DoD components with capabilities to update Pentagon’s technology systems and manage data assets “in an enterprise manner,” MeriTalk reported Monday. “DoD is committed to maintaining a multivendor, multicloud environment,” he said Monday at a Defense Information Systems Agency-hosted conference.

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Vice Adm. Nancy Norton: DISA Eyes Industry Partnerships to Support Warfighters in Cyber Space

Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, has said DISA believes that partnerships with industry could help lighten up the burden and result in stability that “can generate much-needed economic growth.” She noted in her opening remarks at DISA’s Forecast to Industry event in Linthicum, Md., how the agency builds up partnerships, introduce reforms to the Defense Department and boost warfighters’ lethality in support of Defense Secretary James Mattis’ three lines of effort, DISA said Monday.

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Eric Chewning: DoD Could Remediate ‘About a Third’ of Supply Chain Risks Within a Year

Eric Chewning, deputy assistant secretary for industrial policy at the Defense Department, has said he projects that DoD could address about 33 percent of the identified supply chain gaps within a year and deal with another third in the next few years, Defense News reported Friday. DoD issued in October a White House-commissioned study that found approximately 300 risks in the U.S. defense industrial base.

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PSC Outlines Recommendations for ‘Cloud Smart’ Strategy

The Professional Services Council has provided a list of 20 recommendations in response to the Office of Management and Budget’s feedback request for its updated federal cloud strategy. PSC classified its recommendations for the Cloud Smart strategy into several categories such as the transition from the Cloud First plan to the new strategy; security; procurement; workforce; and CIO Council actions, according to an Oct. 24 letter.

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