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IT For Rent: Army Piggybacks On Air Force Services Contract

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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The services are collaborating as never before, officials said, as they outsource non-combat networks through new “IT as a service” contracts.

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Oracle vs. Pentagon: Why Judge Approved A Single Vendor For JEDI Cloud

Posted by Barry Rosenberg on


The release of the full 60-page ruling provides new insights on how Judge Bruggink decided the case.

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Say It With Space Lasers: Optical Comsats For Major War

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Nine years after the Pentagon tried and failed to build laser communications satellites, can the private sector get it done?

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Army Bets Big On Service Contracts To Fix Aging IT

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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The Army’s got lots of really old IT on its bases which may not hold up in a real war.

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Army Networks: Big News In March

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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The existing, expensive network can’t do what the Army needs. So is the solution outsourcing to the private sector?

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SAIC-Engility Merger Doubles Intel & Space Revenue, Downplays Vehicles

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Building physical things is not SAIC’s, well, thing. But physically building stuff has become less important and less profitable than integrating all the complex high-tech components and making sure they work together.

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Artificial Intel, Buying Software And Old Planes: Farnborough Air Show

Posted by Colin Clark on


Will this result in more operations like the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab in Boston, where coders join airmen to build useful software? Perhaps it will mean the service will hire civilian coders or train airmen to write code.

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Thornberry Reform Bill Directs Pentagon to Just Buy Commercial Products Online

Posted by Sandra Erwin on


CAPITOL HILL: House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry’s third attempt to improve how the Pentagon buys weapons aims to simplify defense procurement and cut down on waste by using commercial buying methods. It directs the Pentagon to use online marketplaces such as Grainger, OfficeMax or Staples to buy items that currently are acquired… Keep reading →

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Kendall To Overhaul ‘Chaos’ Of Pentagon’s $155 Billion Services Market

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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WASHINGTON: A plan to overhaul how the Pentagon buys services — a $155 billion annual business, bigger than weapons acquisitions — is now on the desk of the Defense Department’s top buyer. “It went to Frank Kendall this week,” Kenneth Brennan, deputy director of services acquisition for undersecretary Kendall, said. “He is the final signature” required to… Keep reading →

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