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DoD Receives ‘D’ Grade On Latest IT Scorecard, Agencies Improve Overall Performance

The Pentagon no longer has a failing grade for technology acquisition, by a slim margin, receiving a “D+” on the latest version of a congressional scorecard that showed overall improvement across federal agencies in software licensing management and cost savings from data center consolidation. DoD’s latest grade on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act […]

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Pentagon Tech Leaders Offer Details To House Panel On New AI Center’s Mission

Top Pentagon technology officials told a House armed services panel Tuesday the department’s new artificial intelligence center is open and focused on scaling up current commercial  and military capabilities needed to spur big data projects and match increasingly massive AI investments from peer competitors. Lawmakers on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee pressed Dana Deasy, […]

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House Panel Finds Massive Equifax Breach Was ‘Entirely Preventable’

A new report from House Oversight Committee says the massive Equifax [EFX] data breach, which affected 148 million Americans, was “entirely preventable” and new reforms are required to better protect consumer information. The report, released on Monday, says the Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) failed to fully patch its systems after discovering a software flaw and […]

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ARCIC Shifts To Futures Command, Will Develop Concepts For New Army Multi-Domain Operations

The Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) on Friday officially transitioned over to the modernization-focused Futures Command, where its leadership is now tasked with developing concepts to implement the service’s new multi-domain operations plan. ARCIC, now designated the Futures and Concepts Directorate, will shift from Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to Futures Command but remain headquartered […]

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Army Releases New Multi-Domain Operations Plan

The Army released its new multi-domain operations plan on Thursday focused on driving strategic formations to better align with growing threats from Russia and China, while urging a collective effort across the services to prepare for competition at levels “below armed conflict.” Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), told reporters […]

Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly, Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations

Official: Air Force Needs Expanded Ranges, Adversary Air Support For Fifth-Gen Aircraft Training

The Air Force’s top operations official is looking to expand aerial training range space and bring in industry to provide “sparring partners” for pilots, as the service looks to make full use of new training opportunities for its fifth-generation aircraft. Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly, deputy chief of staff for operations, told attendees at a Wednesday […]

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DoD Proposes Rule To Eliminate Lowest Price Technically Acceptable For IT Acquisition

The Pentagon is looking to implement a new procurement rule that would block contracting officers from prioritizing the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) when considering IT purchases, the department said in a Tuesday Federal Register notice. The potential rule change would follow through on provisions included in the last two defense authorization bills urging the […]

Heidi Grant, the next director of the Pentagon's Defense Technology Security Administration

DoD’s Next Technology Transfer Lead Looking At Increasing UAS Exports, Impact Of Potential Turkey F-35 Removal

The Air Force’s top official overseeing foreign military sales is set to take over as director of the Pentagon’s technology transfer office in January, and plans to push for continued reform on drone exports to boost sales of the MQ-9 and addressing impacts of Turkey’s potential removal from the F-35 program. Heidi Grant, who has […]

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Marine Corps Looking For New Lightweight Armor Plate

The Marine Corps is looking for a new lightweight modular armor plate with a contract award planned for July 2019. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) released a request for proposals (RFP) last Thursday as it looks to procure up to 680,000 lightweight plates to begin fielding in fiscal year 2020. Nick Pierce, Individual Armor team […]