The Department of Defense has proposed a rule that aims to set restrictions on the use of the lowest price technically acceptable approach in the source-selection process. A Federal Register notice published Tuesday says DoD introduced the rule as an amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to comply with the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.Read More »
Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, deputy commander of Cyber Command, has said Cybercom has received authorities in the past six months to defend against threat actors, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. “We can no longer have policy that runs all the way to the very senior levels of our organizations before we can take action,” Stewart said Nov. 14 at the CyCon conference in Washington.Read More »
The House Armed Services Committee has named Eric Schmidt, technical adviser to Alphabet’s board; and Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Labs; to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The commission was formed through the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to assess developments in AI, machine learning and related technologies as well as their implications for national security, the committee said Wednesday.
Mike Pence: ‘Space Force’ Aims to Address ‘Fragmented Responsibilities’ Over National Security Programs
Vice President Mike Pence has said the establishment of a “space force” as the sixth military branch seeks to address the “lack of centralized leadership and accountability” over programs that aim to promote national security in space. Pence said Tuesday at the National Space Council’s fourth meeting at the National Defense University that the council would vote on six recommendations for the proposed roadmap to form the new service, which he says would help sort out the "fragmented responsibilities" over national security space initiatives.Read More »
The Defense Department has decided to withdraw its proposed rule to regulate payments to contractors based on performance, Defense News reported Monday. “Recently, proposed amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) were prematurely released, absent full coordination,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a statement obtained by the publication.Read More »
A defense spending measure signed into law by President Donald Trump will earmark $10M in fiscal 2019 funds for the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence that would assess how the Defense Department can leverage machine learning and AI for national security, Sludge reported Wednesday.
A Defense Department program - Project Maven - that aims to leverage machine learning to determine and classify objects in images derived from drones has seen its funding rise to $93.1M in the fiscal 2019 defense spending measure.
The Professional Services Council has commended the House and Senate Armed Services Committees for finalizing and passing the fiscal 2019 defense spending bill that contains provisions that could have an impact on government contractors.Read More »
President Donald Trump has signed into law a spending bill that allocates $616.9 billion for the Defense Department‘s base budget, $21.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons initiatives and $69 billion for overseas contingency operations, CNBC reported Monday. The fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act will fully fund the U.S. Air Force’s B-21 bomber …Read More »