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A call for more early-stage DOD tech investment

During a confirmation hearing Tuesday with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Heidi Shyu, the nominee to be the Pentagon's CTO, advocated for extra early-stage funding for the DOD’s weapons platforms, tech projects and other systems would keep programs running and help to curtail their costs in the long term. “Today, sustainment makes up 70% of total weapon system cost, with development and procurement making up 30%," Shyu told lawmakers. “DOD should strive to flip this ratio and invest more in the development of new technologies than it does in the sustainment of legacy systems." Jackson Barnett has more.

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GSA's Keith Nakasone leaving

Federal procurement veteran Keith Nakasone is leaving government after more than three decades. Nakasone has worked with the General Services Administration since 2017 as deputy assistant commissioner of acquisition management within the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC). His last day is June 1. More on Nakasone's departure.

Mighty drones fly together!

The Defense Innovation Unit this week posted a solicitation for commercial algorithms that could help groups of drones work together in flight. The solicitation is specific to networking and decision-making algorithms, rather than computer vision or autopilot systems, and is designed to turn single aircrafts into networks of connected platforms that can work together. “Solutions must be capable of coordinating and prioritizing actions in complex and contested environments,” the DIU solicitation states. Jackson has this.

Beyond Exascale Computing

Newly proposed legislation would create the Beyond Exascale Computing Program for developing systems with capabilities that exceed those of the fastest supercomputers in the U.S., set to start arriving at the National Laboratories later this year. The Next Generation Computing Research and Development Act comes as U.S. lawmakers devote increasing attention to the country’s supercomputing arms race with China. Dave Nyczepir has more.

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How automation tools add resiliency to DOD’s IT workforce

The continuous rotation of officers and enlisted personnel is vital to maintaining military readiness. So is preserving institutional knowledge of the DOD’s IT systems with a culture of personnel rotations. That is why military leaders should be looking more proactively at automation technology, that performs repeatable tasks and reduces the risks and costs associated with staff turnover, say IT leaders in a new FedScoop report. Read more.

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