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Trade Groups Offer Recommendations to DOD Over CMMC Program

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The Information Technology Industry (ITI) Council, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Professional Services Council (PSC) have presented six recommendations to the Department of Defense (DOD) to better support the review of potential changes to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program and assessment practices.

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD’s Joint Experimentation, Modernization Initiatives Seek to Link Mission Objectives, Capabilities

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary at the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said she wants to expand joint experimentation efforts that will link the national defense strategy and technologies to address mission challenges for the military. "I firmly believe that national objectives should connect to the budget through concepts and capabilities," said Hicks. 

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Pentagon Seeks Input on Barriers Facing Small Businesses

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The Department of Defense has released a notice in the Federal Register asking small businesses to share insights on the barriers they face in contracting with DOD. The Pentagon will use industry feedback to inform the development of its small business strategy and seek ways how to utilize small companies’ capabilities to further build up domestic supply chains, improve competition and advance equity and inclusion in the department’s procurement efforts.

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD Looks to Address Admin Barriers Facing Small Businesses

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said DOD is committed to looking at the administration barriers facing small companies seeking to do business with the Pentagon and will initiate measures to address those challenges where it can.

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD to Implement AI Acceleration Effort

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, has unveiled an effort to accelerate the Department of Defense's (DOD) trust-building and implementation of artificial intelligence technology. The DOD AI and Data Acceleration initiative would execute exercises and implementation tests that aim to incrementally build the military's understanding of AI.

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD Requests Budget Centered on Tech Innovation

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the Pentagon's defense budget request features many experimentation projects across the service branches. Hicks said virtually at the recent Defense One Tech Summit that the Department of Defense wants to realize concepts in various areas such as data, artificial intelligence and Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). 

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DOD Releases Memorandum on Responsible AI; Kathleen Hicks Quoted

Kathleen Hicks

The Department of Defense (DOD) has released a memorandum designed to promote the responsible use of artificial intelligence across the DOD. The memorandum lays out a governance structure, oversight approaches, warfighter trust-building and other efforts to implement responsible AI use in the department. The DOD must adopt an AI approach that is responsible, equitable, traceable, reliable and governable. 

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Senate Confirms Christine Wormuth for Army Secretary Role

Christine Wormuth

Christine Wormuth, who formerly served as the undersecretary of defense for policy, has been confirmed by the Senate to become the secretary of the U.S. Army. Wormuth ultimately received confirmation on Thursday, after being unconfirmed in the middle of her hearing with the Senate on Wednesday. President Biden nominated Wormuth for the role of Army secretary.

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Lloyd Austin: DOD Needs Boosted Focus on Modern Digital Tech

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin, secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. military needs to place emphasis on emerging technologies and strategies that make use of these assets. Gen. Austin, who placed third in this year's Wash100 Vote Standings, said at the Indo-Pacific Command's change of command ceremony that the modern era requires faster decision making.

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD 2022 Budget Request to Focus on Software, Munitions

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient said the Pentagon's 2022 budget request will put more emphasis on munitions and software than large weapon systems. She said at the Aspen Security Forum that software and munitions create a critical difference in the military's capabilities. The budget submission is expected later this month.

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