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AI National Security Commission Issues Initial Report to Congress

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence provided updates on its activities and future plans to advance AI development through its initial congressional report, National Defense reported Wednesday. According to the report released Wednesday, the commissioners decided to group themselves into four working teams focused on four key areas, including maintaining U.S. leadership in AI research and keeping the country’s advantage in AI national security applications.

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Dana Deasy to Receive Official Presidential Nomination for Pentagon CIO Role

President Trump officially announced in a White House release Tuesday his intent to nominate Dana Deasy to become the chief information officer role with the Department of Defense. Deasy has served as DoD CIO since May 2018 and the White House’s move comes in compliance with a requirement in the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which took effect in January, Fedscoop reported

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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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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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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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