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Air Force Acquisition Head Intends to Add Software Experts to Acquisition Process

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, intends to train military program managers to understand software development and improve how the service acquires new technologies, Federal News Network reported Thursday. The official will work with the Air Force Education and Training Command to create formal certification for Air Force software leaders to participate in the tech acquisition process.

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Ellen Lord Cites DoD Acquisition Reform Goals for 2019

Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, has said one of her goals for calendar year 2019 is to revise the DoD Instruction 5000.02 policy, Defense News reported Thursday. “In 2019, one of my key objectives is to rewrite 5000.02,” she told reporters on Dec. 17.

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Military Looks to Replicate USAF Agile Development

Other U.S. military branches plan to adopt the Air Force's program to accelerate the development of agile applications, Fedscoop reported Friday. The effort, known as Kessel Run, minimizes the years-long agile development timeline to months, and cuts costs as a result. USAF piloted the effort last year and began experiments in May 2018.

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Dave Powner: FITARA Scorecard Helps Elevate CIO Role

Dave Powner, a 16-year Government Accountability Office veteran, told FedTech in an interview published Tuesday that the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard has provided agency chief information officers authority to oversee IT modernization and security efforts. “We have plenty of acquisitions that have failed, we have plenty of operations that need to improve, and I think elevating that position and making it a real CIO position at more and more agencies is extremely important,” said Powner, former director of IT management issues at GAO.

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Rep. Niki Tsongas: DoD Pegs F-35 Modernization Costs at $16B Through 2024

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Massachusetts) has said the F-35 fighter aircraft modernization program could cost the Defense Department approximately $16 billion through 2024, Reuters reported Thursday. Tsongas cited DoD’s F-35 program data at a House Armed Services Committee subpanel hearing Wednesday and said the modernization cost estimate for the Lockheed Martin-built …

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DOE Eyes 2021 Deployment for Natl Lab Exascale Computer

The Energy Department aims to deploy the first exascale computer at a national laboratory by 2021 and eventually promote the system to other labs, agencies and industry, Federal News Radio reported Monday. DOE awarded $258 million in contracts to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, Cray and Nvidia in …

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David Shulkin: VA Should Focus on Commercial Software Adoption

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has said that VA should focus on the adoption of “commercially tested” software platforms for use in acquisitions, electronic health records and other business processes, FCW reported Friday. Shulkin, who received Senate confirmation in February, made the remarks Tuesday at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing, …

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