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IG Report: DOD Uses Middle Tier of Acquisition Pathways to Rapidly Deliver Capabilities to Warfighters

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The Department of Defense’s (DOD) office of inspector general (OIG) conducted an audit of DOD's use of the middle tier of acquisition pathway and found that acquisition personnel employed the MTA approach for 11 reviewed programs in accordance with the department's guidance to rapidly build and deploy technologies to meet the needs of warfighters.

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Pentagon Seeks Public Comments on Supply Chain Opportunities, Vulnerabilities

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The Department of Defense (DOD) is requesting industry comments on supply chain challenges as part of efforts to strengthen and secure the defense industrial base in accordance with an executive order signed in February. DOD’s office of industrial policy will also seek feedback through ad hoc events and industry engagements in the coming months. Public comments are due Oct. 13th.

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GAO Reports on DOD’s Progress in MHS GENESIS EHR System Deployment

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the Department of Defense (DOD) fielded the MHS GENESIS electronic health record system in six of the 24 planned deployment sites and those actual deployments involved approximately 41,600 users. According to the report, failure to address those identified incidents could result in challenges at future sites.

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Christine Michienzi: DOD Continues CMMC Review; Encourages Industry to Continue Prep Work

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Christine Michienzi, chief technology officer under the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, said the government continues to review mechanisms of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. She said Monday at the Intelligence and National Security Summit that the defense industry should continue efforts to align with CMMC despite upcoming program changes that may result from the ongoing review.

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GAO Presents Recommendation to Pentagon Over Post-Government Employment Restrictions

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense evaluate whether to integrate into acquisition regulations post-government employment lobbying restrictions. GAO reviewed 14 major defense companies and found that those contractors hired 1,718 former DOD senior military and civilian officials or former acquisition officials in 2019. 

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Trade Groups Offer Recommendations to DOD Over CMMC Program

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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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Tech Leaders Call on DOD to Accelerate Commercial Tech Adoption; Eric Schmidt Quoted

Eric Schmidt

Technology industry executives are urging the Department of Defense (DOD) to increase the adoption of commercial technologies to maintain its military advantage over Russia, China and other near-peer competitors. DOD also needs to overcome hurdles with regard to procurement processes and bureaucracy and Eric Schmidt, chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) and former CEO of Google, said he believes such challenges could be addressed.

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Rep. Rick Larsen Highlights Need for U.S. Investment in Military Software Capabilities

Rep. Rick Larsen

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., said the U.S. should invest in military software capabilities, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, to better compete with China. He also noted that the Pentagon is taking advantage of AI investments the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has made in the past four decades and that 5G networks should not be easily breached.

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DOD States Position on Drones From Chinese Tech Company DJI

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The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a statement saying drones manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations pose a national security threat and that a report that those systems were approved for purchase and use by U.S. government agencies was inaccurate. The Pentagon prohibited the use and procurement of all commercial off-the-shelf drones due to cyber issues in 2018.

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Senate Armed Services Panel OKs $740B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2022; Sen. Jack Reed Quoted

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The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 23-3 Wednesday to move the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act to the Senate floor for consideration. The bill would authorize $740.3 billion in FY 2022 funds for the Department of Defense and a 2.7 percent increase in pay for U.S. troops and civilian workforce at DOD.

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