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Army Completes Biggest Reorg In 45 Years: Can Futures Command End Weapons Disasters? « Breaking Defense

Army Futures Command chief Gen. Mike Murray helps uncase the new colors of AFC’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), formerly RDECOM.   WASHINGTON: Tomorrow, the Army completes its biggest reorganization since 1973. It’s a high-stakes, all-or-nothing gamble to stop wasting billions on failed weapons programs, ripping apart its sprawling acquisitions …

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Common Cyber Standards Will Steamroller Hold-Outs: DoD Officials « Breaking Defense

Dana Deasy testifies before Congress WASHINGTON: Three top cyber officials told Congress yesterday they now have the authority to crack heads together and impose common cybersecurity standards across the Defense Department. Dana Deasy, the Pentagon CIO, told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on cybersecurity that he “absolutely” has the full …

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Bell V-280 Flies 322 MPH: Army Secretary Praises Program « Breaking Defense

WASHINGTON: Bell’s V-280 Valor prototype exceeded 280 knots this week, making good on the aircraft’s namesake speed, the company announced this afternoon. And it’ll fly faster before it’s done, a Bell executive told me in an interview. The news is the latest public triumph for Bell’s tiltrotor technology at a …

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Talk To Us First, THEN Congress: Navy Acquisition Officials « Breaking Defense

ARLINGTON: Please bring the Navy all your good ideas, and please talk to us before you talk to Congress, service officials urged industry executives today. Under intense pressure to deliver faster, cheaper, and more innovative programs, the various factions of the Navy acquisition bureaucracy have labored mightily to coordinate more …

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Amidst Turmoil, Pentagon Persists On Acquisition Reform: Ellen Lord « Breaking Defense

Anniston Army depot PENTAGON: One constant in the abrupt transition from outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to his deputy, soon to be acting secretary, Patrick Shanahan? The grueling, technical, but crucial business of acquisition reform. For all their differences, Pentagon technocrats, House Democrats, Senate Republicans, and even President Trump can …

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As Pentagon Demands Cybersecurity, Industry Group Offers New Standards: AIA « Breaking Defense

WASHINGTON: With the Pentagon increasingly anxious about how Chinese hackers constantly probe defense contractors’ networks, the massive Aerospace Industries Association is releasing an ambitious new cybersecurity plan for companies hoping to win government work. The move comes as top officials warn the defense industry that cyber hygiene will increasingly become part …

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Sci-Fi Acquisition: The Wrath Of Mid-Tier Krog « Breaking Defense

A rare color photo of workers assembling B-25 bombers during World War II.  Want to know the next great ideas in acquisition? Ya gotta read Breaking Defense, baby. Between Bill Greenwalt’s seminal op-eds that led to Sen. John McCain’s groundbreaking acquisition laws, we’ve also hosted this author, Dan Ward, before. …

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Air Force Busts Out Credit Cards To Buy High Tech Gear « Breaking Defense

Testing at Army Electronic Proving Ground at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. WASHINGTON The Pentagon has been trying for years to replicate the speed of Silicon Valley-style startup culture, with only sporadic — and limited — success. But the Air Force says it’s doubling down on the effort, and is looking to …

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