The U.S. Air Force approved the production of a new guided tail-kit assembly for the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb. The service branch said Friday, its Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center will conclude the TKA's manufacturing development phase and proceed with production under the Milestone C transition. AFNWC developed the TKA and will perform integration with the bomb built by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.Read More »
Anil Cheriyan, former executive vice president and chief information officer of SunTrust Banks, has been appointed to fill two roles at the General Services Administration, effective early January. The GSA said Friday he will serve as director of the Technology Transformation Services and deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service.Read More »
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would aim to refine the nation's security clearance process. The Modernizing the Trusted Workforce for the 21st Century Act would task the executive branch to immediately address backlog cases concerning background checks, Warner's office said Thursday.Read More »
The Department of Veterans Affairs has released an application programming interface that would help veterans manage health data via mobile devices. The VA said Friday its Health API is designed to work with the next iterations of Blue Button, the department's service made to ease data access for veterans.Read More »
President Donald Trump has supported plans to request a $750B defense budget from Congress for fiscal year 2020, Reuters reported Monday. A U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday that Defense Secretary James Mattis discussed with the president the potential impact of a flat defense budget on the military.
President Donald Trump has announced plans to nominate William Barr, a lawyer at law firm Kirland & Ellis, to succeed Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general, Bloomberg reported Friday. Barr would replace Matthew Whitaker, acting attorney general, once the Senate confirms him for the role.Read More »
The U.S. Navy plans to implement the use of unmanned systems in mine warfare to keep pace with enemy developments, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. Stephen Olson, deputy branch head for mine warfare with the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, said the branch is shifting from the traditional fleet approach to one that includes stronger mine countermeasures.Read More »
The General Services Administration plans to integrate mobile devices into its DevSecOps activities in 2019 as the agency expects potential productivity boosts, Fedscoop reported Thursday. David Shive, the agency's chief information officer, said during the VMware Public Sector Innovation Summit that mobility is essential due to the growth of mobile device use among citizens.Read More »
The U.S. Army has launched the latest iteration of its future operating concept that presents potential measures to counter adversaries’ layered stand-off. The service said Thursday “The U.S. Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028," also known as MDO Concept 1.5, aligns with interagency efforts and offers recommendations based on experimentation.