Tag Archives: Potomac Officers Club

DoD Increases 5G Testing with New Competition; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The Department of Defense (DoD) has introduced a new competition to build open “5G protocol stack software,” a core component for using the physical network hardware, which is currently being tested by the department. The competition will also expand DoD’s partnerships with private sector companies. In addition, the department recently announced its 5G implementation plan

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Victoria Coleman: DARPA Eyes Tech Incubator, ‘Storefront’ to Connect With Innovative Startups

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said DARPA wants to establish a storefront and considers launching a tech accelerator to connect with new companies with innovative technologies. For the storefront, Coleman said she wants it to be a “very casual, informal kind of space” where “people can begin to understand better what our work is, what the opportunities are for them for working with us.”

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Hon. Ellen Lord on DoD’s 5G Prototyping, Microelecrtonics Reshoring Efforts

Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, the defense acquisition chief and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said the Department of Defense (DoD) is focusing on prototyping 5G technologies and driving domestic microelectronics production. DoD must establish close relationships with traditional and nontraditional defense contractors to ensure the security and reliability of 5G systems as well as microelectronics technology.

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Katie Arrington: CMMC Requirements Open to Changes as DoD Factors in Public Comments

Katie Arrington

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer at the office of assistant secretary of defense for acquisition and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the requirements and other elements of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program could still change as the Department of Defense assesses the public comments submitted through the end of November, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

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NIST Issues Draft Guidance on Implementing Cybersecurity for PNT Operations

GPS III

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created draft cybersecurity guidelines for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT)-based technologies. The draft guidance also serves as a response to an Executive Order issued earlier this year on the responsible use of PNT services for national security. Comments on the draft guide are due on Nov. 23rd.

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DoD Clarifies Issues on National 5G Network; Russ Goemaere Quoted

5G

Russ Goemaere, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DoD), said a request for information released in September 2020 that seeks to help DoD understand how dynamic spectrum sharing can back lethality, training and readiness. Goemaere said in a statement that the department “does not intend to own and operate a national 5G network.”

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NavalX to Advance DON Workforce Innovation; Potomac Officers Club to Host 2020 Navy Forum

James Geurts

NavalX has served as the Department of Navy (DON) workforce "super-connector." The agency is focused on scaling agility methods across the DON workforce, offering a culture of decentralized autonomy that has created an innovation landscape. NavalX has worked to connect isolated pockets of excellence to capture and scale the methodologies. 

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Ellen Lord Discusses Impact of COVID-19 on Federal Modernization

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD) and four-time Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed how the defense department has shifted modernization efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. As an effect of the pandemic the DoD added more focus to aviation propulsion, where the department has a number of key suppliers who depend on commercial aviation. 

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Army Futures Command to Develop Electric Powered Vehicles; LTG Eric Wesley Quoted

LTG Eric Wesley

Army Futures Command (AFC) has approved the development of electric powered tactical and combat vehicles by the Maneuver Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate. The directorate will begin drafting a requirements document for Tactical and Combat Vehicle Electrification (TaCVE) and will host an industry day to share electrification initiatives with industry.

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