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Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium Workshop Synopses

August 5, 2014

Read a full recap of each workshop held during day one of the AFCEA Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium August 5-6 in Washington, D.C.

True Incentives May Be Key to Improving Defense Acquisition

August 5, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

More specific requirements and better incentives could produce better products at reduced costs, said a leading U.S. Defense Department official. Frank Kendall III, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, explained that adjusting the contracting process could produce at least some desired results in acquisition.

DARPA's Plan to Speed Up New Material Development Could Shave Years Off Process

August 4, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Pentagon’s research agency kicked off a new program to improve the time it takes to develop military platforms, with an aim of shortening the process by 75 percent.

Event Encourages Feedback on Better Buying Power and Acquisition Challenges

July 31, 2014

The inaugural Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium, hosted by AFCEA International, highlights “Better Buying Power” as it applies to government, industry and academia. Government and industry leaders will provide attendees with myriad solutions, updates and exchanges.

Guest Blog: Cyber Trading Posts Ignite the Spark in Public-Private Collaboration

July 31, 2014
By Jessica Gulick

Partnerships are growing from disparate groups in search of the same goal.

Government Adopting Software-Defined Networking

July 31, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Government information technology experts see benefits and challenges to software-defined networking.

Goodreads App Offers Virtual Bookshelf Browsing

July 29, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

The free Goodreads app helps you discover and share books with your friends and other users. Browse personalized recommendations, write reviews and keep track of what you want to read.

AFCEA Leadership Series: Good Leaders Never Stop Learning

July 24, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

It’s not just superiors who can impart knowledge that makes young military officers good leaders. Skippers glean knowledge too from peers and subordinates, says Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, USN (Ret.).

Ocean Drone Collects Data During Typhoon Rammasun

July 23, 2014
By Cyndy Hogan

An ocean drone collected and transmitted weather data during one of Asia’s biggest typhoons this month. This information will allow scientists to better predict intensities of typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes with the goal of saving lives and minimizing property damage.

Podcast Player Boosts Sound and Speed

July 22, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Do you love listening to podcasts? The new Overcast app, developed by Marco Arment, co-founder of Tumblr and creator of Instapaper, offers a simple, intuitive interface to listen to all your favorites.

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