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DoD needs to be open to global, commercial technology, expert says

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn says the Pentagon needs to adjust its strategy to take advantage of the global and commercial technology markets.

Tags: Bill Lynn , DRS Technologies , Finmeccanica North America , acquistion , technology , globalization , Atlantic Council , DoD , contracting , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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GSA, DHS about ready to turn the spigot on for a new set of cyber tools

The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department are putting the final touches on the next set of contracts that will truly kickstart the federal move toward dynamic cybersecurity protections of agency networks and computers. The two agencies will release six task orders under the $6 billion CDM program in the coming year to implement tools and services across more than 40 agencies.

Tags: technology , DHS , GSA , Jim Piche , cybersecurity , contracting , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:08am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD releases missing piece of 2015 budget; defense acquisition 'good enough'

The Defense Department's request for its overseas contingency operations is about $20 billion less than initial estimates. Former Defense officials say realistic goals and managed expectations usually spelled success for weapons systems.

Tags: DoD , OMB , Overseas Contingency Operations , Christopher Lamb , David Vinlet , Air Force , technology , mobile computing , cybersecurity , Dick Ginman , acquisition , Jared Serbu

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:49am EDT

DHS S&T antes up $95M for cyber research, development

The Science and Technology Directorate issued a Broad Agency Announcement and four specific solicitations to get industry, academia and others thinking about how to improve cybersecurity. Over the next nine months, the agency will review white papers, proposals and make awards, with expectations of the development of commercial or open source projects in the next year or two.

Tags: technology , acquisition , DHS , Douglas Maughan , cybersecurity , research and development , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/27/2014, 04:02am EDT
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DIA opens new gateway to vendors, hoping for disruptive technologies

The Defense Intelligence Agency will inaugurate its new Open Innovation Gateway on Wednesday, as part of its strategy to bring new technologies into the intelligence community from non-traditional vendors, and to buy new capabilities within weeks instead of years.

Tags: technology , acquisition , DoD , Defense Intelligence Agency , Needipedia , Michael Flynn , Dan Doney , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:49am EDT
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On DoD: NSA's Cyber Incident Response program

Chandra McMahon, Lockheed Martin's vice president for commercial markets, discusses NSA's accreditation system that tests cybersecurity companies against 21 separate focus areas.

Tags: Chandra McMahon , NSA , DoD , On DoD , Lockheed Martin , cybersecurity , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 02:48pm EDT
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Sequestration pushes DHS contract spending to lowest level ever

The Homeland Security Department's contract dollars declined for a second year in a row as sequestration set in. The impact of budget cuts is spread unevenly across its components.

Tags: DHS , acquisition , contracting , David Berteau , Jesse Ellman , Nick Nayak , Jared Serbu , sequestration

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 04:28am EDT
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GSA ends office supplies 2 contract; faces new protest on version 3

Vendors protested GSA's desire to extend the Office Supplies 2 contract for six more months. GSA says agencies can buy office supplies through the multiple award schedules. National Industries for the Blind protests the OS3 contract to the agency, not to GAO.

Tags: contracting , GSA , GAO , bid protest , office supplies , OASIS , National Industries for the Blind , Jason Miller

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:25pm EDT

8,400 additional businesses to qualify for SBA loans, assistance

The Small Business Administration adjusted its monetary size standards for inflation, allowing nearly 9,000 additional small businesses to qualify for loans and financial assistance.

Tags: Small Business Administration , size standards , small business , Shefali Kapadia

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:15am EDT

Navy looks to vendors for rapid upgrades to NMCI network

By September, the Navy anticipates it will have retaken full ownership of its main IT network after having outsourced it a decade earlier. The service says it wants to find ways to bring innovation into NMCI, but vendors will have to meet some checkpoints along the way.

Tags: DoD , Navy , technology , NMCI , NGEN , AFCEA , Michael Abreu , Jared Serbu ,

Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:21am EDT
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