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Bell Helicopter V-280 Valor prototype readying for first ground run in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by Bell Helicopter)

Rotor Air Producers Seek Faster Acquisition Cycle, See Increasing Automation

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Officials from three top rotary aircraft producers said that the acquisition cycle can and should be made shorter to keep up with technological needs, adding that they see increased automation augmenting capabilities in the future. Steve Mathias, vice president of global military business development at Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] said at […]

Army Awards $182 Million Endpoint Security Platform Contract to McAfee, InfoReliance

The Army is taking steps to modernize the security of its endpoint devices with a five-year, $182 million contract to McAfee and InfoReliance to deliver a risk management platform aimed at minimizing the cyber attack surface and automate threat report metrics. Under the deal announced Sept. 14, McAfee and InfoReliance will partner to implement and operate the Army Endpoint […]

Senate Defense Bill Establishes Cyber Warfare Policy; Includes Federal IT Modernization Plan

The Senate on Sept. 18 passed its nearly $700 billion defense authorization bill, which will establish the first-ever cyber warfare policy, including the use of offensive digital weapons, and stipulates a $500 million federal information technology (IT) modernization plan. The Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 passed with an 89-8 vote. The NDAA […]

Industry Reps Push Cloud Computing, Declassification To Fix Information Sharing With Government

The biggest challenge to securing the cyber resiliency of federal government network systems remains an over-classified, ineffective approach to information sharing, according to a panel of cyber experts speaking at a homeland security summit Sept. 12. Two panels at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference urged federal agency officials to work at reducing the time frame […]

Leidos Takes DHS Secure Data Network Contract From Northrop Grumman

Leidos [LDOS] on Sept. 12 won a potential $684 million contract from the General Services Administration (GSA) to support the Department of Homeland Security’s secure data network used to share classified information across government agencies involved in homeland security missions. Leidos unseated Northrop Grumman [NOC], which won a contract in 2004 to develop and implement the Homeland Security […]

Air Force Boosting Logistical Support With Agile Software Development, 3-D Printing

The Air Force is embracing 3-D printing and improving its agile software development in order to improve the flexibility of its logistical support process and increase the efficiency of repair coordination efforts between service members and industry partners, according to Commander of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski. Speaking at the Air Force […]

Army Enlists IBM’s Watson To Streamline Logistics, Vehicle Maintenance

In renewing its deal with IBM [IBM] for could computing services, the Army plans to enlist the company’s Watson artificial intelligence to gather and analyze data directly from combat vehicles and use the information to streamline maintenance schedules. A continuation of the Army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA), the $135 million contract represents a 33-month extension of the […]

A ‘Disturbance In The Force’: Army G-8 Braces For Day When Modernization Is Unavoidable

The Army’s uniformed acquisition chief senses a “disturbance in the Force,” regarding Army modernization that involves identifying an inflection point where the service can no longer effectively upgrade legacy combat systems and must transition to next-generation technologies. “New this year we will put together an ends, ways and means strategy for certain critical … combat […]