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Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, Joint Staff CIO, Recommends Areas to Improve JADC2

Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall

Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, chief information officer (CIO) of the Joint Staff and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, recently addressed how the military’s future network-of-networks operational construct, Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2), can increase innovation and agility by leveraging big data. “Everything we do from this point forward, it really is all about the data,” he said.

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USAF’s Operation Flamethrower to Abandon Outdated Legacy Networks

U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force’s Operation Flamethrower will work to get rid of outdated IT policies that challenge network modernization. The initiative has worked to modernize IT policy, and will shift its force to discard policies burdens the Air Force’s move to an enterprise IT-as-a-service model. “Operation Flamethrower is all about creating offsets,” said Brig. Gen. Chad Raduege.

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Avaya Names Darcey Harrison as VP of Cloud Acceleration

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Avaya has appointed Darcey Harrison as vice president of Cloud Acceleration for North America to help the company’s customers and partners migrate to cloud and support digital transformation. "We’re excited to have Darcey join our company at this exciting time, and I believe her industry experience and demonstrated leadership are a tremendous asset to the team,” said Frank Ciccone, senior vice president, North American Sales, Avaya.

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Accenture, VMware Launch New Business Group Under $3B Investment to Drive Cloud Strategy; Julie Sweet, Pat Gelsinger Quoted

Julie Sweet

Accenture and VMware have expanded their partnership and launched a business group to enable users adopt a ‘cloud first’ strategy. The new unit will accelerate migration to the cloud, develop applications, and leverage the cloud as a foundation for innovation and new business models to drive value. The new business group is part of Accenture Cloud First, which Accenture launched in 2020 under a $3 billion investment.

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Lockheed Martin Board Elects James Taiclet as Chairman, Marillyn Hewson to Retire as Executive Chairman

James Taiclet

Lockheed Martin’s board of directors has elected president and CEO James Taiclet as chairman of the board, effective March 1. The board also elected Gregory Ulmer as executive vice president of Aeronautics, effective Feb. 1. Marillyn Hewson, executive chairman and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, also announced her retirement as executive chairman and as a member of the board.

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AMERICAN SYSTEMS Receives 2021 National Top Workplaces Award; Peter Smith Quoted

Peter Smith

Energage has recognized AMERICAN SYSTEMS with a 2021 National Top Workplaces award. AMERICAN SYSTEMS received the award based on employees’ feedback that was recorded and analyzed by an employee engagement survey. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition as a 2021 National Top Workplaces award winner,” said Peter Smith, president and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS and three-time Wash100 Award recipient.

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Avaya Advances AI Capabilities to Improve Customer Experience; Eric Rossman Quoted

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Avaya has made its OneCloud CCaaS and OneCloud CPaaS portfolios available with Avaya AI Virtual Agent Enhanced. “Avaya and Google Cloud are delivering AI innovation that is making organizations more agile, more responsive and more capable of meeting the needs of today’s ‘everything customer’,” said Eric Rossman, Avaya VP of Technology Partners and Alliances. 

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HHS Releases Artificial Intelligence Strategy

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The Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled an enterprise strategy to advance the development and application of artificial intelligence across common mission areas in an effort to meet the evolving needs of U.S. citizens. The HHS AI Strategy calls for the department to establish an AI council. Operating and staff division leaders across the department will comprise the rest of the council.

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Senate Confirms Gen. Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The Senate has confirmed Gen. Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense in a 93-2 vote on Friday. President Biden said that Austin has “intimate knowledge of the Department of Defense,” which will support Biden's defense initiatives. His confirmation follows Congress' approval of the waiver to facilitate Austin’s confirmation on Thursday. 

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Stuart McGuigan: State Department Increases Agility, Centralized Tech Infrastructure

Stuart McGuigan

Stuart McGuigan, former chief information officer at the Department of State, stated that the department has become more agile today than when he arrived in 2018. Since joining the State Department, McGuigan has worked to streamline the Authorization to Operate process to increase efficiency. “We have been pushing for is software-as-a-service,” McGuigan said. 

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