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FCW Insider: May 6

Ellen Lord, the top acquisitions official at the Department of Defense, announced plans to push ahead with a series of recommendations from the Defense Innovation Board, including a pilot to support devops by unifying software budgeting across R&D, development and sustainment. Lauren C. Williams has the story.

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the DOD have more than $20 billion committed to a long term plan to adopt a joint, interoperable electronic health records system based on commercial software from Cerner. The two departments agreed to come up with a governance plan, with top executive in charge, but DOD and VA are still negotiating. Why can't they come up with a plan? Adam Mazmanian takes a look.

The newly launched Army Applications Laboratory is working to expand ability for soldiers to code in the field to repair communications systems. Lauren examines what coders might do on the battlefield.

DOD is moving the management of its training courses to the Office of Personnel Management and the government's centralized learning and development program. Chase Gunter reports.

Quick Hits

*** The Israeli military announced on Twitter that it had launched an airstrike against a target it said was host to a Hamas cyber operation. The Israel Defense Forces indicated that a cyberattack from Hamas directed at Israel had been thwarted before the airstrike. According to a report in ZDNet, the airstrike represents the first instance of a country directly responding to a cyberattack with a kinetic military strike.

*** Two Texas lawmakers are teaming up on a bill designed to improve technology at military installations with an eye to saving money and improving base security and quality of life for servicemembers. The Military Base Operations and Infrastructure Innovative Management Act sponsored by Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Filemon Vela (D-Texas) would establish a $15 million pilot program to bring news technologies into military installations.

*** The Air Force plans to retire a legacy content management system used to administer foreign military sales. Nick Wakeman takes a look at what's next in Washington Technology.

Posted on May 06, 2019 at 7:13 AM


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