Tag Archives: DoD

DoD’s Joint Acquisition Task Force to Become Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell; Hon. Ellen Lord Quoted

Hon. Ellen Lord

The Joint Acquisition Task Force established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help coordinate the delivery of acquisition support to other agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic will be called the Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell and will operate under the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell starting next year, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

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Dana Deasy: DoD’s CIO Office Helping Services Branches Prepare for Future JEDI Cloud Migration

Dana Deasy

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said his office has begun working with service branches to help them prepare for their future transition to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud. DoD reaffirmed its decision to award the JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft in early September. 

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DoD’s Gregory Kausner: Increased Focus Needed for Domestic Parts Manufacturing

Gregory Kausner

Gregory Kausner, executive director for international cooperation at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD A&S), has said the Pentagon is continuing assessments of potential COVID-19 impacts to defense suppliers. According to Kausner, the Department of Defense (DoD) has found vulnerabilities in its international supply chain.

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Future of Defense Task Force Report Calls for US to Lead AI Race, Ensure Supply Chain Resiliency

Race to Lead AI

A report by a congressional task force has strongly recommended that the United States win the artificial intelligence race to ensure the resiliency of the supply chain within civilian and military sectors and “identify, replace, and retire costly and ineffective legacy platforms.” The bipartisan Future of Defense Task Force consists of House lawmakers presented the report to the House Armed Services Committee.

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Ellen Lord: Pentagon Working on Microelectronics Strategy to Ensure Supply Chain Security

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense (DoD) is developing a “microelectronics strategy” to bring manufacturing and testing operations to the U.S. by relying on public-private partnerships and other initiatives. 

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Donald Trump to Nominate Former Airman Brian Davis for Assistant Defense Secretary Role

Brian Davis

President Trump intends to nominate Brian Davis, director of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, for the role of assistant defense secretary for manpower and reserve affairs. Davis brings years of U.S. Air Force experience, having served as an officer with the 77th Air Refueling Squadron, the 459th Operations Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing.

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Orolia Receives Security Approval for BroadSim MNSA; Tyler Hohman Quoted

Orolia

Orolia Defense and Security has received security approval by SMC Production Corps. for BroadSim Modernized Navstar Security Algorithm (MNSA), the company reported on Tuesday.  BroadSim’s approval has marked the offering as the only software-defined GNSS simulator on the market to receive the clearance. BroadSim is a proven  solution within the federal government, Department of Defense (DoD) and military customers. 

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Lawmakers Call for Preservation of CMO Position in FY 2021 NDAA

US Capitol

Several lawmakers have called on House and Senate leaders through a letter to retain the chief management officer position within the Department of Defense (DoD) as conference negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021 kick off. The letter was signed by 13 lawmakers, including Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Todd Young, R-Ind.

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DoD Seeks Feedback on Interim Rule for CMMC Implementation

Information Security

The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking comments on an interim rule to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework and an assessment methodology as part of efforts to better protect unclassified data within the DoD supply chain and evaluate vendors’ implementation of cyber requirements. DoD introduced the interim rule as an amendment. 

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MG Kimbery Crider, Space Force CTIO, Discusses Digital Service Offerings; Mark Esper Quoted

MG Kimberly Crider

MG Kimberly Crider, acting chief technology and innovation officer (CTIO) of the Space Force, recently discussed the initiatives of the U.S. Space Force, stating that the agency will be a “digital service” on the leading edge of technology. The Space Force, created the Chief Technology Innovation Office (CTIO), will ensure that technology and innovation are primary focal points of the agency to attract quality talent. 

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