Posts from GovConDaily for 11/05/2018

Eric Chewning: DoD Could Remediate ‘About a Third’ of Supply Chain Risks Within a Year

Eric Chewning, deputy assistant secretary for industrial policy at the Defense Department, has said he projects that DoD could address about 33 percent of the identified supply chain gaps within a year and deal with another third in the next few years, Defense News reported Friday…
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Vice Adm. Thomas Moore: Navy Explores Ways to Reach 355-Ship Fleet Target

Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, has said the U.S. Navy is considering various strategies to reach its goal of deploying 355 ships, Federal News Network reported Friday…
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NIH Makes $220M Investment for New BRAIN Initiative Projects; Francis Collins Quoted

The National Institutes of Health has invested $220M for a new wave of neuroscience programs under the multiagency Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative. NIH said Friday some of the 200 new projects will involve developing and assessing technologies for monitoring brain activity, nursing paralysis patients, treating mental illnesses and exploring non-addictive medication for individuals who have fallen into the opioid crisis…
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DARPA Begins Development of Optical Signaling Tech for Parallel Computing Systems

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a new program that aims to streamline data movement in parallel computing systems using high-bandwidth optical signaling technologies. The agency said Thursday it intends to create optical input/output systems equipped with advanced and application-specific integrated circuits, field programmable gate arrays and graphics processing units under the Photonics in the Package for Extreme Scalability initiative…
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PSC Outlines Recommendations for ‘Cloud Smart’ Strategy

The Professional Services Council has provided a list of 20 recommendations in response to the Office of Management and Budget’s feedback request for its updated federal cloud strategy. PSC classified its recommendations for the Cloud Smart strategy into several categories such as the transition from the Cloud First plan to the new strategy; security; procurement; workforce; and CIO Council actions, according to an Oct…
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GAO Audits Defense, Energy Department Budget for Nuclear Arsenal Sustainment, Modernization

The Government Accountability Office has published its audit of an annual joint report by the Defense Department and Energy Department on the estimated budget required for the upkeep and modernization of the country’s nuclear arsenal…
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Maj. Gen. David Coffman: Navy Plans to Deconstruct Mine Warfare Packages

Maj. Gen. David Coffman, expeditionary warfare director at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, has said the U.S. Navy seeks to develop individual mine warfare technologies without specific mission objectives, USNI News reported Friday…
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FDA, DoD Sign MoU to Accelerate Availability of Medical Products for Military Servicemen

The Food and Drug Administration and the Defense Department have formalized the framework of an earlier plan to accelerate the development and availability of emergency medical products for the U.S. military…
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USAF Consolidates Contracting Systems Into Single Platform

A directorate within the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is combining four legacy contract writing systems into a consolidated contract management platform. The new unified platform, named Contracting Information Technology, will service over 4,500 contracting users by December 2019, and is being implemented across the U…
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