For defense IT, acquisitions need to be more than 'just in time'

Contract planning and boosting small business in 2022 are top of mind for Debra Daniels, the vice procurement services executive for the Defense Information Systems Agency.

NGA eyes down selection to speed acquisitions

The down selection process can give the government, and vendors, a more detailed preview into the desired solution and what can actually be delivered.

The Army's top buyer wants to test limits of flexible software spending

Douglas Bush, the Army's newly confirmed acquisition chief, wants to do more to reform how the service buys and sustains software.

Air Force commits millions for wearables to counteract troops’ exhaustion

Human monitoring devices could support military staff who work in extreme conditions.

Bill to train acquisition workforce on AI clears Senate

The bill will help the U.S. stay afloat in global competition on artificial intelligence, its sponsors on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee say.

Navy awards deals potentially worth $1B for cybersecurity

Seven companies will compete for work under three-year contracts for a variety of work; each deal has a two-year option.

Defense R&D takes a turn toward smaller vendors

As large weapon programs enter production or are cancelled, R&D has declined and contracts are going to smaller vendors, a budget analysis finds.

Air Force modifies NetCents 2's small biz application services deal

The 12 companies named to the original deal in 2012 are awarded a total $88 million modification.

Navy wants more info on NGEN proposals

The service asks for white papers on three key areas of the $3.4 billion contract.

DOD names 7 to $142M deal for modernizing contract system

The Defense Contract Management Agency is moving on from its Cobol-based mainframe system.

Navy names 21 companies to $750M C2 contract

The companies will compete to supply the service with commercial command and control equipment and services.

To keep pace, military targets rapid prototyping and faster acquisition

Officials have expressed exasperation over the bulky acquisition process, which does not scale at “cyber speed.”

SAIC wins big Cyber Command support contract

SAIC will be providing a raft of support duties as the prime contractor under a recent deal totaling up to $460 million

DOD, Silicon Valley team up on 'lean startup' approach

Stanford University initiative looks to streamline DOD and intelligence agency tech acquisition.

DISA moves back deadline for $17.5B Encore III contract

After making some changes to the RFP released earlier this month, vendors have an extra two weeks to respond.

Army moves fast to get prototype kits for Cyber Protection Teams

Following the first Cyber Innovation Challenge, the Army used a fast-track development method to award two contracts worth a total of $4.5 million for the kits.

Top 20 Defense contractors, 2015

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