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Better Buying Power: The Next Generation

At a time of increased budget scrutiny and ever changing threats, it's important that the Pentagon make key changes to the way that it procures almost everything. In this episode of "AFCEA Answers," Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, previews the upcoming release of "Better Buying Power 3.0", the latest Pentagon directive on acquisition modernization. He also outlines a parallel effort by lawmakers on Capitol Hill to better understand and improve defense acquisition. And the secretary offers insights into how acquisition might change to reflect rapid change in areas like IT and cybersecurity.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Frank Kendall

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 01:29pm EDT

Spanning the Globe, Geospatially

Every day, one federal agency simultaneously serves the global intelligence needs of the American military, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and, increasingly, domestic first responders. In this episode of AFCEA Answers, Ellen McCarthy, chief operating officer of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), discusses how "managing through portfolios" makes sense during a new era of intelligence challenges and fiscal restraint. We'll also discuss how links with industry and academia are driving mission-focused innovations, like NGA's "Map of the World". And McCarthy talks about educating and recruiting the next generation of NGA innovators.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Ellen McCarthy , NGA

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:27pm EDT

The State of Intelligence, Parts One and Two

Members of the U.S. Intelligence Community have found themselves to be the source of a good deal of scrutiny in recent years, not all of it welcome. In this exclusive two-part interview, the Honorable James Clapper, Jr., Director of National Intelligence, discusses recent efforts to stem news leaks in the Intelligence Community; a new "roadmap" outlining the IC's technology requirements in the future; and the effort to improve the speed and reliability of federal employee and contractor security clearances. Also we'll preview the upcoming Intelligence and National Security Summit, scheduled for Sept. 18-19 in Washington, and co-sponsored by INSA and AFCEA International.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , James Clapper , intelligence

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 02:27pm EDT

Debriefing the Army CIO

The U.S. Army, like all of the American military services, is dependent on an increasingly complex array of information technology to prosecute its mission. On this edition of AFCEA Answers, our guest is the officer responsible for the Army's IT resources, Lieutenant General Robert Ferrell USA , Chief Information Officer/G-6. He explains how the modernization of the Army's LandWarNet ties in with building the Joint Information Environment, and will result in improved network performance for Army facilities worldwide. The general also offers a progress report on the presidentially-mandated program to reduce the number of Army data centers. And he adds that acquisition modernization is vital to keeping the military's IT resources at the ready in a time of declining budgets and shifting threat priorities.

Tags: Army , Robert Ferrell , AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:05pm EDT

Air Force C4I Innovation

In order to stay on the cutting edge of mission-focused innovation, the Air Force Research Lab's Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. conducts research on matters regarding command, control, communications, cyber and intelligence, better known as C4I . On this edition of AFCEA Answers, we'll learn more about the activities of the AFRL Information Directorate from its director, George Duchak. He'll tell us how a newly-developed device that mimics the human brain - a neuromorphic computer - may someday help future Air Force officers make better and faster decisions. We'll also learn how AFRL scientists are teaming with local students to determine how to commercialize the results of their research. And, on this edition of AFCEA Answers, you can glean insights from Mr. Duchak on how to improve the acquisition of information technology.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Air Force , C41 , George Duchak

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 12:50pm EDT

FTC, SEC using cloud to create path to innovation

Bajinder Paul, the Federal Trade Commission CIO, said a new modernization roadmap will bring operational capabilities to employees, aggregate policies and major acquisition initiatives across the agency and, most importantly, create a path for innovation.

Tags: technology , Thomas Bayer , SEC , Bajinder Paul , FTC , cloud computing , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Friday - 08/08/2014, 09:07am EDT
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DoD hunting for value, innovation not just lowest price

When it comes to lowest price, technically acceptable policies, the Defense Department wants more than "acceptable" for its acquisition services. Even with looming sequestration forcing DoD to stretch financially, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense acquisition, technology and logistics, said the department must incentivize contractors to provide better value as well as best prices.

Tags: acquisition , sequestration , DoD , CSIS , Frank Kendall , John McCain , Carl Levin , David Berteau , Brett Lambert , Stephanie Wasko , contracting , industry

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:59pm EDT

Kendall shapes DoD acquisition reforms around 7 areas

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, sent a letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) back in June detailing how Congress can help DoD improve its acquisition outcomes. The list includes stopping sequestration, continued support of workforce training and simplifying rules and regulations.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , DoD , Frank Kendall , Bob Work , Better Buying Power , Congress , acquisition reform , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Innovation at Homeland

Just as the Pentagon depends on DARPA to keep the military on the cutting edge of science and technology, so too, does the Department of Homeland Security have an ARPA to keep DHS agencies out on the technological edge. On this edition of AFCEA Answers, Dr. Adam Cox, Acting Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Projects Research Agency (HSARPA) discusses the similarities - and the differences - between his organization and DARPA. He explains how "tech foraging" allows HSARPA to meet customer needs while saving taxpayers a buck or two. And he offers an unclassified look at some forward thinking technological solutions now being developed for transportation and border security.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , DHS , HSARPA , Adam Cox

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 11:16am EDT

Baked-in cybersecurity goodness

Experts say that one way to eliminate cybersecurity vulnerabilities is to build cyber defenses into the wide range of information technology devices that are rapidly becoming part of the "Internet of things". Baked-in cybersecurity is the goal of new draft guidelines recently proposed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers", Dr. Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher with NIST, joins us to discuss SP 800-160, proposals which would mandate the design of cyber protection into the hardware and software of the next generation of IT products and services. Also, Dr. Ross discusses how SP 800-160 is part of the continuing work on the federal government's cybersecurity framework.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Ron Ross , technology , cyber security , NIST , IT

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:12pm EDT
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