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Month: October 2021

Defense Department innovation steering group addressing joint warfighting capability gaps

The Government Matters team attended the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference recently and spoke with Heidi Shyu, the new under secretary of defense for research and engineering, about the top innovations in her department and technologies including virtual reality. A new innovation steering group, led by Shyu, is working on 32 projects […]

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US military “very close” to using Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicles

Next-Generation Combat Vehicles are a priority for the Army’s modernization plans. At the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference, Mimi Geerges from Government Matters spoke with Maj. Gen. Ross Coffman, director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team. Coffman said the Army is “very close” to developing and deploying Optionally Manned […]

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Few options for agencies to get around continuing resolutions, defense budget expert says

The continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress affects every federal agency’s ability to fund new initiatives. For the Pentagon, the CR will stall new-start programs as well as production increases. Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis and the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said there are not many […]

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Government Matters (Full Show) – October 26, 2021

Joint Hypersonics Transition Office works to speed up transition of hypersonic technology to warfighters Gillian Bussey, director of the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, details recent progress the Defense Department has made on hypersonics technology and its applications for warfighters   Two equity executive orders are “a tremendous opportunity” for agencies, OMB official says Kimberlyn Leary, […]

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Joint Hypersonics Transition Office works to speed up transition of hypersonic technology to warfighters

The Pentagon has launched three suborbital rockets as part of its goal of advancing hypersonic technologies. These launches come shortly after China tested its own hypersonic vehicle. The U.S. Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, which just turned a year old, aims to establish a robust hypersonics workforce and research community. Gillian Bussey, director of the Joint […]

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Two equity executive orders are “a tremendous opportunity” for agencies, OMB official says

Equity initiatives for the Biden administration focus externally on services to the American public and internally on the federal government workforce. Having two executive orders to address issues of equity is extremely helpful, according to Kimberlyn Leary, senior equity fellow at the Office of Management and Budget and senior vice president at the Urban Institute. […]

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Interoperability of defense systems shows promise, says former US deputy chief technology officer

The Defense Department continues to increase spending on the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), but the bump in funding for that program comes with hurdles to making it actually joint and interoperable. Nick Sinai, former deputy chief technology officer at the White House, now senior advisor at Insight Partners, said there have been promising […]

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