Tag Archives: National Defense Strategy

Bob Newberry on Top Priorities of DOD’s Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate


Bob Newberry, head of the irregular warfare technical support directorate at the Department of Defense, talked about his top priorities as director and the first one he cited is “greater affordability at the speed of relevance,” which is part of the National Defense Strategy. Newberry also talked about the directorate’s reorganization effort and the focus areas of the irregular warfare subgroup.

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Pentagon Seeks to Enable ‘All-Domain Advantage’ With New Cloud Strategy; DOD CIO John Sherman Quoted

HPCBOX Supercomputing

The Department of Defense (DOD) has released its Outside the Continental U.S. Cloud Strategy outlining its goals and vision for achieving a “dominant all-domain advantage” by providing warfighters at the tactical edge access to cloud computing. “The outcomes of the strategy align with and further the priorities of the National Defense Strategy and DoD Digital Modernization Strategy,” John Sherman, acting CIO of DOD. 

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GAO: DOD Office for Intelligence and Security Should Develop Clear Oversight Expectations


The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the office of the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security set clear expectations for oversight and come up with tools that can help improve accountability for specific mission areas. “Without taking further actions, the office cannot fully assess the extent to which the enterprises are meeting the objectives of the 2018 National Defense Strategy and the 2020 Defense Intelligence Strategy,” the GAO report reads.

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Michael White: Hypersonics Key to Ensuring US Battlefield Dominance

Michael White

Michael White, principal director for Hypersonics at the Office of the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (OUSD (R&E)), said the Department of Defense’s (DOD) modernization strategy considers hypersonics as one of the top priorities in order to ensure edge on the battlefield. White said the Pentagon came up with the Hypersonics Modernization Strategy to advance the development of hypersonic-based warfighting capabilities. 

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Farooq Mitha Sworn In as Small Business Programs Director at DOD Industrial Policy Office

Farooq Mitha

Farooq Mitha, president and CEO of Imbue Group, has taken oath as director of small business programs at the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, the Department of Defense (DOD) said Monday. Prior to DOD, Mitha served as a partner at law firm Geller Mitha.

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Lloyd Austin Signs Memo for Zero-Based Review of DOD Advisory Committees

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Gen. Lloyd Austin, Defense Secretary and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, has signed a memo to conduct a zero-based review of the Department of Defense (DoD) advisory committees, including any advisory committee that is not subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). “Our stewardship responsibilities require that we continually assess to ensure each advisory committee provides appropriate value,” Lloyd wrote. 

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David Norquist to Serve as Acting Secretary of Defense for Biden Administration

David Norquist

David Norquist, current deputy secretary of defense and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, will serve as acting secretary of defense for the Biden administration. Norquist has more than three decades of experience in federal financial management and national security. He was sworn in as the 34th deputy secretary of defense in July 2019. 

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Rep. Adam Smith: Incoming Admin Should Develop New National Defense Strategy

Rep. Adam Smith

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), said he believes the incoming Biden administration should come up with a new National Defense Strategy to offer direction for further assessment of nuclear policy and budget-related issues. He noted there are the three questions that should be asked when establishing a robust and cost effective defense. 

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Ellen Lord on Defense Acquisition System Directive

Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said the DoD Directive 5000.01 The Defense Acquisition System supports the National Defense Strategy and the six goals within the A&S office’s mission. David Norquist signed the directive outlining the principles governing DoD’s acquisition process in support of the National Defense Strategy in Sept. 2020. 

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Army Fuses Europe, Africa Forces Into Single Command; Ryan McCarthy Quoted

Ryan McCarthy

The U.S. Army has combined its forces assigned in Europe and Africa into a single command to be led by Gen. Christopher Cavoli. The service branch's consolidated Army Europe and Africa command (USAREUR-AF) will support regional and global readiness in alignment with the National Defense Strategy, said Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the Army and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient

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