Posts from GovConDaily for 12/03/2018

James Mattis: DoD Initiates Measures to Build Up Lethality, Alliances Under National Defense Strategy

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said the Pentagon has launched several initiatives to advance the National Defense Strategy’s three lines of effort, Defense.gov reported Saturday. Mattis told the audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California that the Defense Department has initiated the recapitalization of the nuclear deterrent in order to increase lethality…
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Lisa Hershman Named DoD Acting Chief Management Officer

Lisa Hershman, deputy chief management officer of the Department of Defense, was granted the role of acting chief management officer, the DoD said Saturday. She will provide the secretary of defense and his deputy with managerial support for business activities occurring across the department’s enterprise…
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Navy Looking to Improve Logistics, Decision-Making With Artificial Intelligence

A top research official with the U.S. Navy said the service is looking at artificial intelligence to improve logistics and decision-making in future missions, Federal News Network reported Friday. Rear Adm…
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First Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy Launched to Build Govt’s Cyber Defense

The Department of Education, the Office of Management and Budget and the CIO Council have established the first Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy to provide federal employees hands-on training on cybersecurity…
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Ellen Lord: US Needs Space Force to Unify Space Programs, Investments

The Pentagon’s top acquisition official said establishing a Space Force would help the government organize space programs currently spread out across multiple military services and agencies, Space News reported Saturday…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Mac Thornberry Urge White House to Back $733B DoD Budget for Fiscal 2020

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) have called on the Trump administration to back away from the plan to impose a $33B cut to the Defense Department’s budget for fiscal 2020…
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House Passes 2018 Federal CIO Reauthorization Bill; Will Hurd Quoted

The House of Representatives passed a bill to reauthorize the federal chief information officer in a move to fortify the nation’s cybersecurity. The Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018 would grant the executive with authority to report directly to the Office of Management and Budget’s director as a presidential appointee, Rep…
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Former White House Cybersecurity Lead Joshua Moses to Join PwC

Joshua Moses, former cybersecurity chief for the Office of Management and Budget at the White House, left the public sector to join London-based PwC as the director of cybersecurity strategy and risk, Nextgov reported Friday…
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Ajit Pai Talks Artificial Intelligence, Other Emerging Tech at FCC Forum

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has said he believes artificial intelligence, machine learning and other emerging technologies could help build up the decision-making process and revolutionize the communications sector…
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Navy Seeks Predictive Tech Prototypes for Sustainment Data Challenge

The U.S. Navy announced it will conduct the first Sustainment Data Challenge in support of efforts to refine the service’s readiness operations through predictive systems, the Navy said Friday. \n\n The initiative aims to develop prototype systems that utilize predictive technology, historical data, currently deployed structures and workforce experience to identify program sustainment requirements…
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Duke Richardson Nominated to Serve for USAF Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Office

President Trump nominated U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Duke Richardson as military deputy at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Department of Defense said Friday…
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