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Air Force Busts Out Credit Cards To Buy High Tech Gear

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Air Force can be an “angel investor” for some startups, said Will Roper, the service’s top acquisition official.

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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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Pentagon, Intel Agencies Set Up New AI Joint Office

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The Pentagon is moving out quickly to get in front of Chinese advances in artificial intelligence, and is rushing a plan up to Capitol Hill to work with the intel community more closely.

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The End Of The American Way of War; The Cold War Really Is Over

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The American way of war — using overpowering industrial might, crushing firepower, and owning the sea and skies — may have come to an end, a top Pentagon official says. For the past two decades, “the Chinese and the Russians have been working to undermine that model,” said Elbridge Colby, deputy assistant secretary of defense… Keep reading →

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Our Chips, Code Are More Secure Than Silicon Valley’s: Northrop Grumman

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


BALTIMORE: The Pentagon has fallen in love with Silicon Valley — though it’s largely unrequited — but traditional defense firms argue there are some things only they can do. One striking example: this Northrop Grumman factory, where the company makes its own microchips “from sand” with unique security features that are not available from commercial vendors.… Keep reading →

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‘DIU(X) Is Here To Stay’: Mattis Embraces Obama Tech Outreach

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: How does Trump’s Defense Secretary feel about one of the Obama Pentagon’s more controversial acts, the outreach to tech start-ups known as DIU(X)? “I don’t embrace it,” Jim Mattis told reporters en route to Silicon Valley yesterday. “I enthusiastically embrace it, and I’m grateful that Secretary Carter (Ash Carter, Obama’s last SecDef) had the… Keep reading →

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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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SecDef Carter Unveils DIUX 2.0; Cans Current Leadership

Posted by Colin Clark on


SILICON VALLEY: Defense Secretary Ash Carter changed the leadership today of his flagship office trying to improve relations with entrepreneurs and major companies here. At the same time, Carter reorganized the Defense Innovation Unit (Experimental) — DIU(X) — to link it directly to his office, largely bypassing the traditional Pentagon acquisition system. In a prepared statement… Keep reading →

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‘We’re Allowed To Fail’: DoD’s Silicon Valley Outpost Truly Experimental

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON CITY: “The Pentagon’s an impatient mistress,” George Duchak told reporters yesterday, “so we have to have some early successes.” He’s not kidding about the “early.” Duchak is director of the Defense Innovation Unit – Experimental (DIUx), the Pentagon outreach office in Silicon Valley that’s all of two months old. “We grew 50 percent last… Keep reading →

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Reform, Ohio Replacement Fund; Top Changes In NDAA

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


With the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act completed and headed to the president’s desk likely sometime next week, it’s useful to summarize the biggest policy changes therein. While most Republicans do not take the veto threat seriously, Mr. Obama will surely do just that. Still, when this bill eventually receives his signature later this year… Keep reading →

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