Tags Acquisition

Hicks to be personally involved in hiring of next DIU chief

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The ongoing recruitment process may take several more months, according to the unit's acting director.

Okta explores how to drive agility in DOD's acquisition strategy

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Okta Program Manger for DISA and Defense Agencies Ken Parrotte highlights strategies that will drive innovation in DOD.

Biden taps Nickolas Guertin to be Navy’s acquisition chief

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President Biden has selected Nickolas Guertin, the Pentagon’s senior adviser on weapons testing and evaluation, to lead the Navy’s research, development and acquisition enterprise, the White House announced Friday. The important Navy post has not been filled by a Senate-confirmed official since James “Hondo” Geurts stepped down as assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition near the end of the Trump administration. Frederick Stefany has been serving as the acting…

DOD to roll out new online marketplace to speedily buy AI-aligned tech

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The Pentagon’s Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) is preparing to launch a new one-stop online “marketplace” to solicit, evaluate and curate technologies specifically associated with AI, machine learning, data and analytics — and also enable Defense Department components to rapidly buy those digital capabilities, according to a recently published special notice.  With its partners in the Army Contracting Command-Rock Island and the Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3), the CDAO…

DOD trying new approach for Tradewind AI initiative

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The Department of Defense is introducing a new approach for its Tradewind Initiative that it’s using to pursue new artificial intelligence capabilities, FedScoop has learned. FedScoop confirmed this week that the Pentagon’s Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) recently updated its tradewindai.com website, and is now trying it out as a one-stop-shop to announce new AI-aligned challenge competitions and opportunities supporting DOD components.  “While this by itself is not…

Cyber Command looking to bolster acquisition office as it prepares to handle $3B annually

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Poised to gain “enhanced budget authority” in 2024, U.S. Cyber Command is looking to bolster its acquisition and procurement prowess to include hiring new personnel and maturing its main technology arm to handle its additional funding. “I need to build an organization that’s growing from $75 million a year to figure out how we posture to enable $3 billion a year,” Michael Clark, the director of Cybercon’s J9 acquisition and…

Pentagon's departing DIU director reflects on his legacy — and what's next

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Among multiple items he’s prioritizing as his tenure leading the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit comes to a close, Mike Brown says he’s being deliberate about advising others. “Whatever I can do in my last weeks to help the service members — making sure their performance reviews are done, whatever we can do for promotion boards, any assistance I can provide people given my commercial experience my whole career in Silicon…

George Mason experts urge DOD to improve how it uses data from tech consortia

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Senior Pentagon leaders have repeatedly emphasized their intent to use data as a strategic asset — but according to a new study shared exclusively with FedScoop this week, the department could benefit from more effective use of data collected through partnerships with tech consortia. In a study by George Mason University’s Center for Government Contracting on Wednesday, experts argue that consortia are playing a pivotal role in high-profile and other Defense Department…

DOD, Air Force aim to 'streamline acquisition' with latest and forthcoming JADC2 awards

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The Defense Department and Air Force recently approved more than two dozen companies to compete for opportunities to provide capabilities that will ultimately enable the military’s envisioned next-generation, sensor-driven command and control setup. Last week, the department awarded 27 companies, nine of which are based in Virginia, spots on a multiple-award contract for capabilities across domains to enable Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). In the past, each of the…