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Army implementing changes to accelerate acquisition timeline

The U.S. Army is embarking on the largest modernization effort in over 40 years to confront the pacing threat from China. The assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology oversees the Army’s acquisition enterprise. Young Bang, principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, said his office has been working on […]


NavalX fosters innovation to support rapid delivery of capabilities to warfighters

NavalX connects the needs and challenges of the United States Navy to solution providers across industry, academia and the rest of the Defense Department. The ultimate goal is to get capabilities to the warfighter faster. Captain Benjamin Van Buskirk, director of NavalX, said the mission has three parts: rapidly enabling stakeholders to deliver capabilities, serving […]


Space expert recommends government buy remote sensing capabilities as service

The image resolution of commercial satellites has dramatically improved over the years, making commercial remote sensing capability a more important component of Defense Department and intelligence community needs. Todd Harrison, director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the U.S. government should buy as a service when it […]


Cybersecurity governance issues need attention, says former federal CIO

The Commerce Department, through NIST, has launched an effort to enhance the security and integrity of the technology supply chain. The process aims to improve the way cybersecurity risks are managed as they relate to supply chains. Tony Scott, former federal chief information officer, said the federal cyber community needs to focus on management best […]


Made in America office helps federal agencies meet new Buy America requirements

In his first week in office, President Biden launched a whole-of-government initiative to support American manufacturing. That executive order led to the creation of the Office of Management and Budget’s Made in America office, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary. Celeste Drake, director of Made in America, said her office is working with agencies to […]


Government Accountability Office overseeing ‘unprecedented’ use of Defense Production Act during Covid-19

Under the Defense Production Act (DPA), federal agencies can require companies to prioritize government contracts during a national emergency like the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there have been some challenges in using that authority, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. William Russell, director of contracting and national security acquisitions at GAO, said agencies have […]


“Profound” acquisition method can be used across the board, Space Development Agency director says

The Space Development Agency (SDA) is called the Defense Department’s constructive disruptor for space acquisition, delivering space-based capabilities to the warfighter quickly. Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency at the Defense Department, said his organization uses the spiral development model, delivering “good enough” capabilities every two years, which is “profound” and can be […]


Defense industry expert on defense acquisition spending trends

The Defense Department has seen a surge in spending over the last five years. That growth comes along with shifts in acquisition and strategic priorities for the Pentagon. Gregory Sanders, deputy director and fellow for the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said budget caps caused a low point in […]

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