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Former deputy secretary of defense calls for technology competitiveness council

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) will lead artificial intelligence implementation at the Pentagon, according to a new department-wide memo. That memo orders the JAIC director to develop a responsible AI ecosystem for the department. Robert Work, former deputy secretary of defense and co-chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, recommends establishing a […]


New data capabilities allow for enterprise visibility in Defense Department audit

President Biden’s nominee to become the under secretary of defense (comptroller), Mike McCord, will have a big say in the structure of the department after the end of the chief management office. Mark Easton, former Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, said McCord will have an advantage from […]


Defense Department reform efforts “up in the air” since removal of chief management officer role

Business operation transformation at the Pentagon is on the latest High-Risk List from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO says the Defense Department can do more to track its reform efforts. Elizabeth Field, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at GAO, said her office noted progress from the Defense Department last year on improving […]


Highlight benefits to bring private sector finance talent to government, advises management expert

Agencies will soon feel budget pressure from the Biden administration’s new budget request and the cash agencies will have to spend from stimulus bills. Federal chief financial officers have a secret weapon to keep their organizations fresh during the crush. Mallory Barg Bulman, Research Director of Finance Process Excellence at Gartner, said up to 6% […]


China is “eroding the technological edge” of the United States, warns defense expert

President Biden’s first hundred days in office include a “skinny budget” that clarifies some of the biggest defense priorities for his term, and the 2021 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community could become the blueprint for where those defense dollars go. MG Arnold Punaro (USMC-ret.), CEO of The Punaro Group, said a fundamental […]


Higher speed could lead to more protests on defense contracts, says former Defense Department official

The Defense Department has hit a milestone with its Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) project. NextGov reports security configuration changes have moved the department closer to allowing direct internet access for web browsers. Other cloud offerings inside the department, however, are hung up in protests. Frank Kendall, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, […]


Reducing operation and maintenance spending frees up resources in defense budget, says policy analyst

The new budget topline adds about $10 billion for the Pentagon, but experts say the increase will only cover the cost of inflation. Pay increases Congress is likely to mandate mean less buying power next year for the Pentagon than this year. Frederico Bartels, Senior Policy Analyst for Defense Budgeting at The Heritage Foundation, said […]

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