The Pentagon has already signaled its intent to move its massive enterprise email service to a privately-operated, commercially-based cloud environment. This week, DoD officially kicked off the planning process for a procurement that will affect more than one and a half million users. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
The Pentagon wants to develop electronic components that bend. And it’s partnered with Silicon Valley to do it. Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently pledged $75 million in funding for a new research institute, whose goal is to develop flexible hybrid electronics. The San Jose-based Flex Tech Alliance will run that institute. Malcolm Thompson is the Alliance’s new executive director designate, overseeing the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute. He told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin more about the Alliance and the technology it’s developing.
The Pentagon plans to replace most of its aging Humvee fleet with a new generation, dubbed the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. JLTV is designed to provide more protection against roadside bombs and mines than Humvees. DoD recently awarded a $6.7 billion contract to the Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corporation. James Tinsley is the Managing Director at Avascent, which advised Oshkosh. He tells the Federal Drive with Tom Temin more on how the Army’s contracting methodology might apply to other DoD platforms.
Frank Kendall, DoD’s undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, clarifies new rules about public funding as the Pentagon begins investing in Silicon Valley.
The Defense Department is working on new training and guidance to help its contracting officers decide whether potential contracts are worth the price. The Government Accountability Office sampled 32 commercial contracts. DOD contracting officials asked for cost, pricing and other information to help them determine if contracts were reasonably priced for 12 of them. Bill Woods is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO. He said it’s too early to say whether the Pentagon’s training and guidance is working, but he tells In Depth with Francis Rose that contracting officers DO have some challenges.
The Army plans on requesting proposals for the third iterations of its ITES and ADMC contracts by next January. New proposals will likely tackle target areas such as mobility, cloud integration and cybersecurity, but CHESS wants to make sure small businesses are in the running for contracts.
Next week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hundreds of the military’s smartest minds will come together for the biggest annual gathering in the world of military medicine. In past years, the Military Health System Research Symposium has led to the expansion of revolutionary new practices in combat care – many of which have made their way into the civilian sector. Col.Todd Rasmussen directs the Army’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program, and Rear Adm. Bruce Doll directs research and development at the Defense Health Agency. They talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about what they expect from next week’s conference.
The Defense Department’s program to let employees use smartphones on the secret network is becoming rather popular. After moving from the pilot to its full production stage in June, the Defense Mobile Classified Capability–Secret is in demand not just in the military, but across the government. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on why DoD’s program is so popular.
President Obama wants to build one of the fastest supercomputers ever in the next 15 years. The exascale computer would run about 30 times faster than today’s fastest supercomputer. It’s part of the National Strategic Computing Initiative in collaboration with the Energy Department, Pentagon, and National Science Foundation. Simon Szykman is the chief technology officer for Attain’s federal services division and former chief information officer at the Commerce Department. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that the project might not live up to all the hype.
The U.S. military said Monday it successfully tested an interceptor that can shoot down ballistic missiles as well as airplanes.
The Defense Department’s nuclear forces arsenal is getting a close look for affordability. Think tanks like the Government Accountability Office and even the Pentagon itself are all looking at how much money the agency should spend on nuclear stock. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he thinks it’s important to look at nuclear forces in the context of the whole weapons inventory.
After nearly 20 years of development, the Marine Corps said its first squadron of F35B joint strike fighters is just about ready for combat. It’s the first joint strike fighter model to reach initial operational capability and the Defense Department spends nearly $100 billion in the process so far. Jim Hasik is a senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the Pentagon could have spent its money on instead.
The Army laboratory that sent dozens of batches of live Anthrax to research facilities by accident should have known for years that something was wrong with their protocols for handling biotoxins. The Department of Health and Human Services has identified at least four serious safety violations by Dugway Proving Ground over the last decade and issued several citations. More from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu.
The Defense Department wants to change some of its personnel policies for the first time in decades. Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Brad Carson is working on series of recommendations as part of the Pentagon’s Force of the Future initiative. Those recommendations are due to Defense Secretary Ash Carter by Aug. 19. Ron Sanders is the vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton and former chief human capital officer for the Office of the Director for National Intelligence. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a war gaming exercise he participated in and what the future of the defense workforce might look like.