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Pentagon Jumpstarts Hypersonic Targeting, Electronic Warfare, C2

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Can a new kind of contract get key cutting-edge technologies across the bureaucratic “valley of death” before the Russians and Chinese lap the US?

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DoD Awards Contract To Break Its Security Clearance Logjam

Posted by Barry Rosenberg on

Can artificial intelligence, machine learning, and agile development help clear the massive backlog?

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Let The (War) Games Begin: Army Buying High-Tech Training Sims

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on

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After decades using the same clunky simulators, the Army is about to buy new sims drawing on the latest innovations in online gaming.

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War Of the Acquisition Reformers: 809 Panel Defends New Commercial Approach

Posted by David Drabkin on

Credit: Colin Clark

When Washington heavyweights like Peter Levine, former Democratic staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Bill Greenwalt, former deputy undersecretary of Defense for industrial policy and longtime Republican acquisition expert on the SASC, say you got something wrong, people listen. That is especially the case if you were the folks who Levine and… Keep reading →

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FARA: Army Awards 5 Design Contracts; Winner Enters Production in 2028

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on

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Awards for Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft designs went to Bell, Boeing, Karem, Sikorsky, and a partnership of AVX and L-3.

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Amidst Turmoil, Pentagon Persists On Acquisition Reform: Ellen Lord

Posted by Paul McLeary on

PENTAGON: One constant in the abrupt transition from outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to his deputy, soon to be acting secretary, Patrick Shanahan? The grueling, technical, but crucial business of acquisition reform. For all their differences, Pentagon technocrats, House Democrats, Senate Republicans, and even President Trump can all agree that the Defense Department needs to… Keep reading →

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GAO Says Oracle Protest Did Not Make Policy; Criticizes Greenwalt Op-ed

Posted by Kenneth Patton on

  I’ve been covering Pentagon acquisition policy for more than 15 years and this is a first for me. The Government Accountability Office offers below a critique of Bill Greenwalt’s sharp criticism of a recent GAO protest decision. For those of us who watch Pentagon procurement, most protests are obscure and boring. Then come ones… Keep reading →

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GAO Decision Threatens US Military Dominance; Reject It

Posted by Bill Greenwalt on

Bill Greenwalt is sort of the Pied Piper of military acquisition policy. Where he leads, others often follow. After he wrote a series of op-eds for Breaking Defense recommending major changes to the Pentagon’s acquisition system, Sen. John McCain lured Bill back to his old job at the Senate Armed Services Committee. Greenwalt rewrote the laws, shaking up Defense Department acquisition. Bill is back, pointing to new acquisition problems, this latest one with his former employer — the Government Accountability Office. It’s a doozy, as you’ll see.

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Uncertainty & Anxiety About Army’s New Scout Aircraft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on

WASHINGTON: After months of hints, the Army announced Friday it wants competing prototypes of a Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft flying by 2023. But there’s a deal of uncertainty — even anxiety — about what the Army wants. “Industry can develop whatever the government tells them what they want, if it sticks to the requirements and… Keep reading →

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SASC Pushes Bold Changes To Buy ‘Game-Changing’ Weapons Faster

Posted by Colin Clark on

CAPITOL HILL: In a bold attempt to fix the Pentagon’s creaking system to develop and buy weapons, the Senate Armed Services Committee today introduced broad changes to who controls weapons programs and tried to encourage Silicon Valley and other non-defense industries to help maintain the country’s global technological and military dominance. This is the beginning of… Keep reading →

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