Tag Archives: National Defense Industrial Association

Trade Groups Offer Recommendations to DOD Over CMMC Program

Virtual Private Network

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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Trade Groups, Federal Officials Discuss Efforts to Evacuate Federal Contractors From Afghanistan; David Berteau Quoted

David Berteau

Professional Services Council, National Defense Industrial Association and International Stability Operations Association leaders met with officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development and departments of Defense and State Friday to discuss the evacuation of federal contractor employees and their families out of Afghanistan.

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Clarifai Names Ellen Lord As Senior Advisor And Public Sector Advisory Council Member

Ellen Lord

Clarifai announced on Friday that Ellen Lord, former under secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and four-time Wash100 Award winner, has joined the company as senior advisor and member of its Public Sector Advisory Council. Lord will use her vast public and private experience to assist Clarifai in achieving business success and growth. 

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Lisa Costa: SOCOM Seeks More Flexible Tools to Address Mission Needs

Lisa Costa

Lisa Costa, chief information officer at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said SOCOM wants industry to come up with more flexible systems that could enable the command to easily adapt them to meet mission requirements. “I want you to rethink your business models,” she told industry at an event Thursday.

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Contractors Propose US Government-Industry Collaboration Forums for Afghan Drawdown

Afghanistan Evacuation

The Professional Services Council (PSC), the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) have urged the federal government to create two collaborative forums to engage the contracting industry in the planning and implementation of a process to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11th.

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Former DOD Acquisition Chief Ellen Lord Appointed as Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins APL

Ellen Lord

Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has named Ellen Lord, former undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DOD) and four-time Wash100 Award recipient, as a senior fellow. She will be responsible for providing the lab with insights on government- and military-related technology and policy decisions. 

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Exiger Appoints Hon. Ellen Lord as Advisory Board Chairwoman; Carrie Wibben Quoted

Hon. Ellen Lord

Exiger announced on Thursday that the appointment of previous Wash100 Award recipient, the Hon. Ellen Lord, as chair of the company’s advisory board and senior strategic advisor. Lord will advise Exiger’s senior leadership in securing an U.S. industrial base by utilizing her vast experience in public and private sector executive leadership positions. 

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Lt. Gen. Michael Groen: DOD Should Modernize Warfighting Enterprise for AI Implementation

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said the Department of Defense's (DOD) warfighting enterprise systems must evolve to integrate with artificial intelligence technology. The Marine Corps lieutenant general added JAIC aims to help the Pentagon address operational efficiency and effectiveness goals.

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DOD Spending on OTAs Continues to Ramp Up; Robert Levinson, Rhys McCormick Quoted


A National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) report on the defense industrial base’s health shows that the Department of Defense’s (DOD) use of other transaction authority (OTA) agreements to encourage non-traditional vendors to work with the Pentagon has surged in recent years. Analysts at Bloomberg Government said use of OTAs continued to rise in fiscal year 2020.

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Gen. David Berger Wants Marines to Trust, Use AI Tech for Quicker Performance

Gen. David Berger

Gen. David Berger, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, said he wants the service branch to streamline and accelerate logistics and warfare via artificial intelligence. Berger, at the National Defense Industrial Association’s expeditionary warfare conference, said he envisions a self-updating system that uses AI to track adversaries, determine optimal logistics routes and deploy unmanned vehicles to deliver supplies. 

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