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Few Personnel, Security Clearances Slowing Down DoD’s Hiring Process

A Pentagon cyber adviser said the lack of personnel and complicated security clearance process has slowed implementation of a congressional authority for faster hiring of cyber and tech workers at the agency, FCW reported Tuesday. During a recent meeting with the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, Marines Corps Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, deputy principal cyber adviser for the Department of Defense, said the agency faces delays implementing the Cyber Excepted Service program.

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DoD Proposing to Transfer Satcom Procurement Duties to Air Force Secretary

The U.S. Air Force secretary is assuming the responsibility of procuring commercial satellite communications services as part of the move to create a Space Force, Space News reported Monday. The Space Force’s establishment would lead to the termination of the Air Force Space Command, which is responsible to acquire satcom services for the Department of Defense.

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Report: DoD Lacks Data on Effective Use of Other Transaction Authority

There is a lack of reliable data from the Pentagon to prove that the agency’s use of Other Transaction Authority to escalate development and acquisition of new technologies is effective, according to a new congressional analysis. The Congressional Research Service released its assessment report on Friday highlighting a “questionable reliability” of available data from the Department of Defense on how it manages OTA.

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Ryan McCarthy: Industry Partnerships can Help Army, DoD Reach Acquisition Goals

Undersecretary of the U.S. Army Ryan McCarthy said during the recent Muster DC event that collaboration with entrepreneurs has significantly helped the Department of Defense reach its goals, the Army said Thursday. McCarthy noted that small businesses can support the DoD in its objectives by scaling out their concepts and ideas through partnerships with larger firms.

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Kelvin Droegemeier: Research Initiatives Needed to Drive Progress in AI

Kelvin Droegemeier, the Trump administration’s new science adviser, said during the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting that fostering artificial intelligence research will drive progress in the field, Geek Wire reported Friday. Droegemeier, newly appointed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, added that AI research must assess future demands and capabilities that can “supercharge progress” in the field.

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GSA Receives Technology Modernization Funds to Support Pay Management System

The General Services Administration has taken $20.7M from the government's Technology Modernization Fund for the development of a new cloud-based pay and personnel management system, Federal Times reported Tuesday. The funds will support the GSA NewPay project that was meant to be a 10-year, $2.5B contract the agency awarded to teams led by Carahsoft and Grant Thornton.

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Thomas Modly: Navy Planning to Establish Assistant Secretary Position With Expanded CIO Duties

During a recent West Coast IT conference, the Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced the department wants to create a new assistant secretary position, Federal News Network reported Thursday. The move to create the Senate-confirmed position comes as part of the efforts to keep up with the additional authorities that Congress granted to the Department of Defense chief information officer, Modly added. 

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Pentagon’s Base-Budget Costs Projected to Climb Through 2033

The Congressional Budget Office projects that the Pentagon’s 2019 Future Years Defense Program is leading to a significant increase in the agency’s base-budget costs into the early 2030's. In a report released Wednesday, CBO said the figure could increase from the agency’s request of $617B for 2019 to $735B in 2033. In April, the Department of Defense released the 2019 FYDP detailing the expectations about the planned costs from 2019 to 2023. 

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Gen. Paul Nakasone: CYBERCOM Requires an Expansion

Gen. Paul Nakasone, who leads the U.S. Cyber Command, told Congress that the force requires an expansion to accommodate mission needs, FCW reported Thursday. During a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said USCYBERCOM may require over 133 teams to keep up with the technological development of U.S. adversaries.

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Pentagon Admits Implementing New Acquisition Reforms Will Be ‘Challenging’

Kevin Fahey, assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, said the Pentagon expects to face challenges implementing the acquisition reforms suggested by a new panel established by Congress, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. Congress established the Section 809 Panel in 2016 to guide the Department of Defense in the changes to how it buys new technologies. 

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