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An uphill battle to remove Chinese tech from DOD supply chain

The Defense Department is soon required to move away from doing business with any contractor whose supply chain depends on Chinese technology like Huawei, ZTE and others. The only problem is, according to a new Govini report, the defense supply chain has quite a bit of Chinese tech, particularly in lower tiers. The Govini report found several dozen Chinese suppliers from the IT, software and telecommunications equipment industries in a sample of more than 1,000 prime defense contractors’ supply chains. “The volume alone is important because it just amplifies the risk,” Tara Murphy Dougherty, a former DOD official and CEO of Govini, said in an interview. “There is a much greater impact than was actually understood,” she added. Jackson Barnett has the scoop.

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Inside the Education Department’s plan to build a data-driven culture

In line with the spirit of the 2018 Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, the Department of Education is taking steps to use data to make better-informed decisions around assistance programs and other policies affecting the nation’s education system. Education officials last week discussed efforts to better coordinate and integrate data across department offices, using evidence to better address the needs of students. “It begins for us by being really clear as to what our shared goals are around evidence-building,” said Matt Soldner, commissioner for the National Center for Education Evaluation and chief evaluation officer for the Department of Education. Betsy Foresman has this one.

‘Longstanding’ legacy IT deficiencies persist at DHS

A handful of the Department of Homeland Security's oldest systems have “significant operational challenges,” hindering some of the department's most important missions. A new audit from the DHS Office of the Inspector General recommends the department should work to overcome these challenges through cloud migration, data center consolidation and improved oversight. “Without adequate progress in modernizing legacy IT, DHS personnel will remain dependent on outdated and unintegrated legacy systems, inadequate equipment, and manual workarounds to accomplish critical mission operations,” reads the report. “Continued use of legacy IT systems also increases maintenance and operations costs.” Dave Nyczepir has more.

Don't forget allies in the JADC2 equation

If the U.S. military wants to be successful in its vision to build a futuristic network-of-networks communications system for warfare, it can't leave out its allies. That's the message from Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten on the military's development of Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). “In order for us to effectively compete with the other great powers, China and Russia in particular, we have to be able to compete in all domains,” Hyten said. “It is not all domains singularly — you have to be able to compete in all domains at the same time," including with allied partners. More from Jackson.

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