James Geurts, U.S. Navy assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition, said the service must have a fleet software update capability of within days if it is going to have a competitive edge over territorial enemies, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday.
Heather Wilson, secretary of the U.S. Air Force and a 2018 Wash100 awardee, warns the service branch must modernize its software acquisition process to keep up with the technological advances of adversaries.
Wilson noted during an Aug. 27th conference that documents such as the U.S. Air Force Weapons Systems Software Management Guidebook contain outdated practices that inhibit modernization, the branch said Thursday.
Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, has said the Defense Department started distributing to the military and contractors a list of software platforms that should not be purchased, Defense One reported Friday. This is because such software platforms have failed to meet national security requirements, Lord said. “What we are …Read More »
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has tested the teaming ability of small air and ground systems when performing different tasks in simulated urban areas without human intervention. DARPA said Wednesday industry and university researchers updated software and commercial sensors in small quadcopters that were demonstrated through phase 2 of flight tests …Read More »
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has supported the development of software tools and other devices designed to accelerate the design and synthesis of new molecules for defense and military applications through a four-year program. The Make-It program works to facilitate the creation of synthetic routes used to develop new molecules …Read More »
Sources say a set of rules included in the Senate version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act would require U.S. tech firms working with the military to divulge if their products’ source codes have been subjected to audits by adversarial governments such as Russia or China, Reuters reported. Under the …Read More »
The Department of Homeland Security‘s Science and Technology Directorate has published two new cybersecurity guides that build on multiple research and development efforts. Under the DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program, the Portfolio Guide provides 15 overviews regarding the department’s cybersecurity R&D portfolio, while the Technology Guide features 70 R&D efforts and suggestions on transition-ready technologies, DHS said …Read More »
The Government Accountability Office has found that the Defense Department awarded approximately 444,500 contracts valued at more than $230 billion to women- and minority-owned businesses between fiscal years 2010 and 2016. GAO said in a report published Monday fixed-price contracts for goods and services represented at least 80 percent, or approximately $184 …Read More »
The U.S. Army has initiated mission command network development efforts in a push to comply with a service branch-wide directive to consolidate mission command software of more than 400 tactical units into a unitary baseline. The service branch said Tuesday the Army operations, plans and training unit’s directive aims to …Read More »
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) has asked the Defense Department to provide information on how it handles security risks associated with DoD’s software platforms that have undergone foreign government reviews, Reuters reported Wednesday. Shaheen’s Tuesday letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis came weeks after the news agency reported earlier this …Read More »