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House Bill Looks to Accelerate DoD Software Acquisitions

A new House bill would require the Department of Defense to implement rapid acquisition pathways to speed up the updates to vulnerable weapons systems, FCW reported Monday. The legislation added to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act seeks to accelerate acquisition of new apps and integration into existing military systems.

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Space Development Agency Prefers Leased Satellite Services for Future Network

Fred Kennedy, director of Space Development Agency, wants to lease commercial services to support the agency’s proposed satellite network in low-Earth orbit, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. “I would be very happy to simply lease commercial services from these mega providers,” he said at a recent event of Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Congress Showing Support for New Space Development Agency

Fred Kennedy, director of Space Development Agency, said that lawmakers are showing interest in supporting the newly-established agency, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. The Pentagon stood up SDA to help utilize commercial technologies to accelerate development of space systems in March.

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Stoney Trent: Incentives Key to Driving Industry Participation in DoD’s AI Efforts

Col. Stoney Trent, chief of operations at the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said that commercial entities are “poorly incentivized” to conduct AI development and testing during a recent C4ISRNET conference, C4ISRNET reported Sunday. Trent noted that the DoD needs to encourage private sector partners to develop better AI testing tools and methods that can be used in potential activities relevant to national security.

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HASC Chairman Adam Smith Proposes Smaller Space Armed Service

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said during a meeting that HASC has agreed to vote for the authorization of a Space-focused service branch that won't necessarily be named the Space Force, Space News reported Monday. He spoke with other HASC officials on the establishment of what may instead become a Space Corps under the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Brig. Gen. Michael Greiner to Lead USAF Cost Analysis Integration

Brig. Gen. Michael Griener, director of cost analysis integration within the U.S. Air Force, has been appointed to oversee the service branch's budget operations and personnel as director. He will perform his new duties within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, the Department of Defense said Monday.

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Stoney Trent: Incentives Key to Driving Industry Participation in DoD’s AI Efforts

Col. Stoney Trent, chief of operations at the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said that commercial entities are “poorly incentivized” to conduct AI development and testing during a recent C4ISRNET conference, C4ISRNET reported Sunday. Trent noted that the DoD needs to encourage private sector partners to develop better AI testing tools and methods that can be used in potential activities relevant to national security.

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DoD Sees Challenges to Promote Information Network Security

The Pentagon’s inspector general said that the agency should increase personnel training and further promote Joint Regional Security Stacks to enhance regional security. JRSS provides the agency with equipment, including network routers, firewalls and switches, to secure its information network.

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Christine Gex, Innovation and RPA Lead, DASA-FIM of the U.S. Army, Announced as Panelist for Potomac Officers Club’s 2019 Artificial Intelligence Forum on June 13th

Christine Gex, Innovation and RPA Lead, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Financial Information Management (DASA-FIM) of U.S. Army, will be featured as a panelist during Potomac Officers Club’s 2019 Artificial Intelligence Forum on June 13th.

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GAO Finds Challenges to Monitor Major DoD Acquisition Programs

The Government Accountability Office called on the Pentagon to clarify acquisition oversight roles amid disagreement between the Office of the Secretary of Defense and military branches in monitoring how the agency buys technologies. A new report issued Wednesday highlights the challenges facing the Department of Defense in implementing reforms to restructure the oversight of defense acquisition programs.

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