The idea of an Amazon-like market is the latest iteration of a durable idea, namely getting the government to buy commercial items in a commercial way.
The House Armed Services Committee is expected to release its first version of the 2018 Defense Authorization bill this week and in it many observers predict provisions to make it easier for the military to buy commercial items.
The Defense Department has taken a lot of heat in recent years from industry critics who charge its procurement officials have been putting too much weight on low prices and not enough on quality.
The defense industry has gotten off to a good start implementing initial capabilities for insider threat programs, the Defense Security Service said. Cleared contractors had until Nov. 30 to develop and submit their plans for an insider threat program and appoint a senior official to lead and oversee it.
This week on Off the Shelf, Jack Midgley, director in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s defense consulting practice, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the Internet of Things (IOT) Vulnerability Index and its economic, cybersecurity and defense implications across the globe. November 22, 2016
The Defense Department’s $38.5 billion IT budget in the fiscal 2017 requests is being driven by three major trends contractors should be aware of: cybersecurity, cloud and analytics.
The Government Accountability Office has denied nine out of nine bid protests filed by health insurers who came out on the losing end of the Defense Department’s $58 billion in contract awards to run the military’s managed health care system.
DoD is tightening the reins on the research money it gives out to companies. The Pentagon is receiving some backlash for it.
Jon Harper, senior writer for National Defense Magazine, joins host Derrick Dortch to talk about the differences between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on defense issues. November 4, 2016
The Lohfeld Consulting group ranked upcoming civilian and DoD contracts that meet three criteria: a likely 2017 request for proposal, likelihood of funding and awards next fiscal year, a significant pool of contenders.
The Pentagon says its new Silicon Valley-based technology outreach office is seeing some early successes in rapid acquisition. It handled its first dozen procurements in an average time of 60 days. But most of the money it spent went to established companies, not garage-style startups.
FedRAMP is boasting increased authorizations and return business, and the new dashboard is making it easier for feds to use the program.
The Pentagon is developing a secure cloud computing architecture that will create a standard approach for boundary and application level security for commercial services.
No doubt about it. The Army has had success with robots in the last few years. For instance, robots have detected and disarmed roadside bombs. But you could characterize Army robotics as version 1.0. The next generation of robots must cost less. They’ve got to be more flexible and programmable. Easier to maintain. A big question is whether industry can deliver. Sandra Erwin, editor of National Defense magazine, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
After a six year decline in spending, budgets have begun to bounce back in 2016, and contract spending is expected to follow that upturn shortly after as the trend continues into 2017.