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Kathleen Hicks: DOD 2022 Budget Request to Focus on Software, Munitions

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient said the Pentagon's 2022 budget request will put more emphasis on munitions and software than large weapon systems. She said at the Aspen Security Forum that software and munitions create a critical difference in the military's capabilities. The budget submission is expected later this month.

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VMware and Dell Technologies Announce Spin-Off Agreement; Zane Rowe Quoted

VMware

The VMware Special Committee of independent directors and Dell Technologies announced that they have agreed to terms for VMware to be spun-off from Dell Technologies on Wednesday. The terms will simplify the corporate structure and include an $11.5-12.5 billion special cash dividend declared by the VMware Board to all VMware stockholders just before the spin-off and subject to all closing conditions' satisfaction. 

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Vertosoft and Digital.ai Announce Partnership to Deliver IT Services to the Federal Government; Chet Hayes Quoted

Vertosoft

Vertosoft announced Wednesday a partnership with Digital.ai to sell, market and distribute the Digital.ai platform to the U.S. government. Digital.ai will combine software orchestration and agile planning with application quality, security and artificial intelligence and machine learning in an integrated platform that enables agencies to transform their digital initiatives and drive outcomes.  

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White House Eyes New Regulations for Securing Software Supply Chain

Department of Labor

President Biden plans to issue an executive order that will focus on addressing recent cybersecurity issues that could impact the software supply chain. Jeff Greene, acting senior director for cybersecurity at the National Security Council (NSC), told attendees at a Cybersecurity Coalition event that binding requirements under the executive order will be established after at least six months.

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DOD Updates Acquisition Framework for Software, Major Procurements; Mike Coolican Quoted

Software Development

The Department of Defense (DOD) has released an updated version of the Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) aimed at simplifying acquisition policies based on different pathways. The AAF, known as DOD Instruction 5000.02, includes pathways such as software, business systems, services, urgent capabilities, major capabilities and mid-tier procurement. Mike Coolican noted that the software pathway is “the most powerful.”

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Amentum Creates Innovative MBSE Collaboration Center To Benefit DOD Customers; Jill Bruning Quoted

Jill Bruning

Amentum announced Tuesday the creation of its Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Collaboration Center near Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). The Center aims to create new digital engineering capabilities to benefit the Department of Defense’s (DOD) customer base in the application and practice of MBSE. MBSE training will allow engineers to work using a digital environment rather than traditional design documents. 

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Accenture to Acquire Pollux to Advance Robotics, Automation Solutions

Accenture

Accenture has agreed to acquire Pollux, a provider of industrial robotics and automation solutions, to expand Accenture’s capabilities across consumer goods, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. “Automation and human + machine collaboration are digitally transforming manufacturing and supply chain operations to be more flexible, resilient, sustainable and safe, and to better meet ever-changing customer demands,” said Nigel Stacey, global lead for Accenture Industry X. 

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GSA to Re-award $5.5B Second Generation IT BPAs; Sonny Hashmi Quoted

Sonny Hashmi

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will re-award its 2nd Generation Information Technology (2GIT) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs), which have an estimated value of $5.5 billion over five years. The BPAs will be available for use by all agencies across the federal government. The 2GIT solution will deliver a reliable, flexible, fast and efficient way to procure best-value solutions for complex IT hardware requirements.

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Space Force Projects New Anti-Jamming Capability by 2022; Steve Hayden Quoted

Counterspace Weapons

The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has completed three tests of a new anti-jamming capability for satellite communications at the end of 2020. The Mitigation and Anti-Jam Enhancement (MAJE) Program will provide advanced anti-jamming support for Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS), which provides satellite communications to warfighters. SMC expects to complete the transition of the anti-jamming system to the U.S. Army for operational use in spring 2022.

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SAIC Appoints Josh Jackson SVP of Naval Business Unit

Josh Jackson

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has appointed Josh Jackson as senior vice president of the Naval Business Unit, where he will be responsible for an approximately $1 billion portfolio of customers, including the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Jackson will report to Bob Genter, president of SAIC’s Defense and Civilian Sector.

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