Tag Archives: Department of Defense

Aberdeen Proving Ground to Accommodate Joint Warfighting Tech Experiments

Joint Warfighting Systems

The U.S. Army will use its experimental laboratories at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) to host integration activities for the U.S. military's joint warfighting systems. APG will coordinate with service laboratories in the U.S. to run experiments on various joint warfighting concepts within virtual environments and gauge how they can work with one another.

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JAIC Hosts Second AI Dialogue Event; Stephanie Culberson Quoted

Ethical AI

The Department of Defense's (DOD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) held a two-day event that sought to help the participants address gaps, policies and approaches in adopting artificial intelligence technologies. JAIC plans to host meetings regularly within the year to continue discussions on artificial intelligence interoperability, readiness and responsibility.

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Siemens’ Teamcenter to Standardize Product Lifecycle Management Platform for U.S. Air Force; Tina Dolph Quoted

Tina Dolph

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has selected Siemens’ Teamcenter software to support the service branch’s digital acquisition and sustainment strategy for critical systems and technologies. Siemens continues to work and support the Air Force as it revives and maintains product lifecycle management software applications through a $24.5 million contract through Jan. 2024. 

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William Scherlis Cites Current State of AI Dev’t

Artificial Intelligence

William Scherlis, director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) information innovation office, said artificial intelligence is at the early stage of its rapid development. Scherlis said in a statement published Friday that artificial intelligence (AI) currently lacks robustness and does not have trustworthiness yet. He noted that various AI components should come together to support warfighter needs.

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Sen. Jack Reed Poised to Lead Senate Armed Services Committee

Sen. Jack Reed

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., will assume leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee once U.S. senators hammer out a power-sharing arrangement between the Democratic and Republican members of an evenly divided Senate. Reed will succeed Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and lead hearings the panel will hold to gather information about President Joe Biden's nominees for Department of Defense leadership positions.

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John Sherman Named DOD Acting CIO

John Sherman

John Sherman, principal deputy chief information officer at the Department of Defense since June 2020, has been appointed to serve as the Department of Defense CIO on an acting basis. He will oversee DOD's information technology operations until the Senate approves a permanent replacement for Dana Deasy, who stepped down from the CIO position when President Biden's administration officially began on Jan. 20th. 

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DOE, DOD Ink Space Cooperation Agreement; Mark Menezes Quoted

Mark Menezes

The Department of Defense (DOD) and Energy (DOE) have entered into an agreement to augment research and development efforts that could support the U.S. government's national space policy. The agreement also intends to create a senior-level executive forum that will build working groups and roll out a framework for potential joint programs. 

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Cypress International Names Hon. Kevin Fahey as President, COO; LTG David Halverson Quoted

Hon. Kevin Fahey

Cypress International has appointed Hon. Kevin Fahey, assistant secretary for acquisition at the Department of Defense (DOD), as president and chief operating officer (COO), effective April 12. “Kevin’s recent assignment as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition will also be of tremendous value to our clients," said LTG David Halverson, USA(Ret), chairman and chief executive officer of Cypress.

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Will Roper: Prime Contractors Acquiring Smaller Companies Limit Industrial Base

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and three-time Wash100 Award recipient, said prime contractors' acquisition of middle-tier companies has shrunk the industrial base. The Department of Defense (DoD) now sees the industrial base as more generalized than specialized, as major contractors secure awards for almost every program.

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Stacy Cummings to Take Acting Undersecretary Role for DoD

Stacy Cummings

Stacy Cummings will succeed Hon. Ellen Lord, 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD), effective Jan. 20th. Cummings will assume the role until President-elect Joe Biden appoints a Senate-confirmed official to the position. Cummings currently serves as acting deputy assistant secretary for acquisition at DoD and is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. 

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