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Defense Department has successfully adapted to continuing resolutions, Government Accountability Office finds

The Defense Department (DoD) has operated under a continuing resolution (CR) for 11 out of the last 12 fiscal years, freezing spending at the previous year’s level. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) studied the impact that operating under a CR has on DoD. Operating under a CR is not ideal or particularly efficient, but DoD […]

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Air Force will need to make tradeoffs with F-35s and competing priorities, says air warfare reporter

The F-35 is the Air Force’s top-of-the-line fighter jet, but how many do they need and how many can they afford? Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter at Defense News, said the Air Force would buy all of the approximately 1,700 F-35s in the program of record if it had unlimited funds but that other weapons […]

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Contractors should communicate with agencies about continuing resolution, advises former acquisition leader

The White House proposes supplemental funding in the billions to prepare for a likely continuing resolution (CR), which would affect federal acquisition and contractors for fiscal 2022. Greg Giddens, partner at Potomac Ridge Consulting and former Department of Veterans Affairs chief acquisition officer, said contractors should start a dialogue with their government counterparts about how […]

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“Revolving door” between government and industry not a major threat, retired Air Force colonel argues

Hundreds of presidentially nominated, Senate-confirmed positions remain vacant to date. The vacancies in the Pentagon can adversely affect the execution of long-term national defense strategy, according to Col. Wesley Hallman (USAF ret.), senior vice president of strategy and policy at the National Defense Industrial Association. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) had put a hold, which she has […]

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Defense budgeting system hinders rapid acquisition of commercial technology, says procurement researcher

The Defense Department’s current budget system plans funding for five years out. Now the Senate Armed Services Committee wants to reform DoD’s planning, programming, budget and execution (PPBE) process. Eric Lofgren, senior fellow at the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University, said the PPBE system requires predictions and consensus about future technologies and […]

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Government must reduce number of Senate-confirmed positions, says Partnership for Public Service head

At his 200th day in office, President Biden has 389 nominations that require Senate confirmation. That still leaves a number of important positions, including director for the Office of Management and Budget, vacant. Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service, said the United States must aggressively reduce the number […]

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Bureau of Cyber Statistics would improve cybersecurity problem solving, says Sen. Angus King

The White House is considering establishing a Bureau of Cyber Statistics. The bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission recommended creating the bureau to analyze cyber attacks. Sen. Angus King (I-ME), chair of the commission, said the bureau would fill gaps in data to get a handle on the nature and extent of cybersecurity issues and better determine […]

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