Tag Archives: Defense Department

House Panel OKs $694.6B Defense Spending Bill for FY 2021

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The House Appropriations Committee voted 30-22 to pass a bill on Tuesday to authorize $694.6 billion in fiscal year 2021 funds for the Department of Defense (DoD). The measure reflects a $3.7 billion drop from the president’s budget request and a $1.3 billion increase from the FY 2020 enacted level.

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Federal Interim Rule to Ban Vendors Using Telecom, Video Surveillance Tech From Five Chinese Suppliers

Surveillance Tech

The Department of Defense (DoD), NASA and the General Services Administration (GSA) have issued an interim rule to prohibit government agencies from contracting with entities that use telecommunications equipment and other products from five China-based companies.

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Alan Shaffer on Pentagon’s Support to Defense Supply Chain During Pandemic

Alan Shaffer

Alan Shaffer, deputy undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD), said the Pentagon has made contract actions worth nearly $4.5 billion through the Defense Production Act Title III and other assistance programs to support the industrial base during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mark Lewis to Serve as DoD Research & Engineering Undersecretary Temporarily

Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis, director of defense research and engineering for modernization at the Department of Defense (DoD), has been appointed to serve as undersecretary of defense for research and engineering on a temporary acting basis. Lewis temporarily replaces Mike Griffin, two-time Wash100 Award recipient who is leaving DoD for a commercial pursuit alongside Lisa Porter, the latter's deputy.

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House, Senate NDAAs Seek to Address Supply Chain Security Risks Posed by China

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The Senate and House of Representatives have included provisions to address China-related supply chain security issues in their versions of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate’s NDAA version would require the secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) to “take security risks posed by at-risk vendors such as Huawei and ZTE into account when making overseas stationing decisions.”

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Mitchell Institute’s David Deptula on DoD’s Need for Efficient, Interoperable Joint C2 System

David Deptula

David Deptula, dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general, said the U.S. military must “embrace a new approach” to effectively coordinate joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) operations.

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JAIC Director Nand Mulchandani: DoD Continues Performance in AI Competition

Nand Mulchandani

Nand Mulchandani, acting director of the Department of Defense's (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), said at the Pentagon the U.S. still has the upper hand in the artificial intelligence competition with foreign adversaries. He added that the country will not imitate China's technological practices that go against U.S. values.

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Nand Mulchandani: JAIC Working to Integrate AI, Joint C2 Operations

Nand Mulchandani

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is looking to incorporate AI capabilities into the Pentagon’s proposed enterprise multidomain platform. Nand Mulchandani, acting director of JAIC, told reporters that the center is “spending a lot of time and resources” on the Joint All-Domain Command and Control platform’s AI components.

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