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House Bill Looks to Accelerate DoD Software Acquisitions

A new House bill would require the Department of Defense to implement rapid acquisition pathways to speed up the updates to vulnerable weapons systems, FCW reported Monday. The legislation added to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act seeks to accelerate acquisition of new apps and integration into existing military systems.

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HASC Chairman Adam Smith Proposes Smaller Space Armed Service

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said during a meeting that HASC has agreed to vote for the authorization of a Space-focused service branch that won't necessarily be named the Space Force, Space News reported Monday. He spoke with other HASC officials on the establishment of what may instead become a Space Corps under the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Air Force Accelerates Acquisition to Bring in New Capabilities

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said that congressional authorities for rapid technology prototyping and testing helped the service meet its Century Challenge milestone to cut 100 years from ongoing weapons development programs. The service said Thursday it started streamlining processes in May 2018 through the authorities provided by the Fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Senate Armed Services Committee OKs Space Force Proposal

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the Trump administration's proposal to establish a Space Force as part of the panel's fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the Hill reported Thursday. The $750 billion NDAA earmarks $72.4 million to establish the new military branch to operate under the U.S. Air Force and mandates the appointment of a Space Force commander.

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New Commission Established to Recommend on National Cyber Policy, Strategy

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., will co-chair a commission intended to assess and address the cyber threats facing the country. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission consists of 14 members working to build cyber policy on recommendations, hearings, intelligence and homeland security discussions, King's office said Thursday. The group's establishment stems from the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

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GSA, OMB Release Phase Two Strategy for E-Commerce Portal Implementation

The General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget jointly released an implementation plan for phase two of a procurement directive that seeks to implement the use of e-commerce portals, GSA said Thursday. As part of Section 846 under the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, GSA is required to consult with OMB on the development of a program that will enable agencies to purchase commercial offerings through a commercial e-portal.

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DoD Proposes New Rule on Performance-Based Contract Payments

The Department of Defense has proposed a new rule to address the use of performance-based payments in contracts, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. According to the report, the proposed rule would subject all fixed-price contracts to performance-based payments to help companies manage their cash flow and reduce compliance and oversight costs.

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DoD CMO Releases Initial Enterprise Business Reform Plan

The Department of Defense’s office of the chief management officer issued an initial plan to reform DoD’s enterprise business operations on Friday. OCMO set up three reform teams – human resources, supply chain and logistics and category management - to “establish a culture of continuous improvement focused on results and accountability” and oversee four activities cited in Section 921 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019, according to the report.

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DoD Continues Push for Proposed Space Force

The Department of Defense continues to encourage Congress to approve the formation of the Space Force to address the emerging threats against military satellites and other space-based assets of the country, Space News reported Tuesday. Stephen Kitay, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said the new service branch will focus on protecting the infrastructures supporting the economy and military. 

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Defense Security Service to Oversee DISA’s National Background Investigation Service

A Pentagon memorandum directs the director of the Defense Security Service to assume responsibility for the Defense Information Systems Agency’s National Background Investigation Service to build up the Department of Defense’s personnel vetting process. DISA said on Thursday that 2019 Wash100 Award winner David Norquist, who serves as deputy secretary at DoD, issued the Jan. 28 memo on the realignment with the provisions of the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

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