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Today's Hot Topics: Interoperability and Acquisition, Coalition-Style

May 13, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor

The final panel of the 2010 Joint Warfighting Conference focused on two topics that have been discussed consistently for more than a decade: lack of interoperability and convoluted acquisition. Though the panelists agreed on the problems, their opinions about solutions differed slightly.

SATCOM Acquisition Moves Outside the Box

April 23, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The mostly static federal bureaucracy can use an entrepreneurial FCSA shot to the arm-but will this new acquisition process just add more layers of red tape to a system trying to streamline? Will it work smoothly, or does the FCSA have too many kinks? How about other potential methods? Please share your ideas.

Experts Ponder Both Sides of Border Security

February 26, 2010

Managing the myriad programs designed to provide border security has proved challenging. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a variety of technology efforts designed to enhance border security. Likewise, civilian firms are deeply involved with DHS in supporting these programs. Two panels running Wednesday examined the government and industry perspectives of coordinating border security.

Hot Topics: Privacy and Procurement

February 25, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

While many conferences suffer from waning interest as panel session after panel session present valuable information over two days, this year's AFCEA Homeland Security conference proved to be quite the opposite. Discussions about upcoming contracting opportunities was at least part of the reason.

Naval Ops for Info Dominance Plans Revealed

February 4, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor

It's rare that an audience of industry and service members at all ranks get the chance to hear first hand from the first of a kind.

DISA Acquisition Leader Shares Agency's Latest Priorities

October 21, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

Tony Montemarano, component acquisition executive, DISA, revealed that the agency is working on a campaign plan in which the word "convergence" is used time and time again.

Complexity Holds Solutions to Simple Problems

October 20, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

Rather than thinking about how to improve what the U.S. government is doing, perhaps agencies-the U.S. Defense Department included-need to come at the problems from an entirely new direction-a very complex direction.

ESC Fighting Irregular Warfare While Facing Future Funding Constraints

October 19, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

"I tell people if you get three individuals with an attitude and an explosive, you've got a problem on your hands."--Lt. Gen. Ted F. Bowlds, USAF, commander, ESC

Washington Insider Shares Views on Obama, Gates, Acquisition and Afghanistan

October 19, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

MILCOM 2009 opened today with a speech by David Gergen, CNN commentator and editor at-large for US News and World Report.

Coast Guard Ponders Unmanned Eyes, Intel Capabilities

September 14, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Coast Guard is taking steps to enhance its command, control, intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities with new unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and network-centric systems for its ships. At a press briefing late last week, RAdm. Ronald J. Robago, USCG, the service's new assistant commandant for acquisitions, discussed steps being taken to evaluate and select a new shipboard UAS.

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