DOD acquisition

May 10, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Defense is working on improving its contracting processes to get advanced technologies to the warfighter. Credit: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff

The Defense Department is pursuing acquisition improvements to improve the effectiveness of its solicitation processes, to advance the cybersecurity of needed solutions and to meet rising adversarial threats, according to Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord.

“We have made significant progress in the field of acquisition reform in 2018,” Lord said. “And in 2019 we will continue efforts to improve the way the department does business.”

January 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
As part of its information technology modernization effort, the U.S. Army aims to harness agile software development and cut software patching costs and software lines, says Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, the Army’s chief information officer (CIO)/G-6, at MILCOM 2017 in Baltimore.

The U.S. Department of Defense is seeing the nation’s adversaries use capabilities better than the American military, but change is underway. In particular, the Army recognizes that it must dust off some of its aging procurement processes and leverage commercial technology to regain an advantage over its enemies, said Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, the Army’s chief information officer/G-6, at the MILCOM 2017 conference in Baltimore.

October 25, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Panelists at MILCOM discuss contracting vehicles for the Defense Department.

Working to slough off the culture of archaic contracting processes, certain offices within the Defense Department are implementing innovative procurement processes, especially for information technology (IT) products and services. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which is responsible for building, operating and securing the DOD Information Network (DODIN) for U.S. forces, has taken some proactive measures to introduce improvements into its contracting processes, according to Rear Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, vice director, DISA.

April 11, 2016
By Katie Helwig

The Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs is hosting a four-day training program to educate, inform and match small and large business mentors with small business proteges.

The event takes place May 31-June 3 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta. Registration is $500 for mentors and $250 for all others, including proteges, government agencies, academia, panelists and speakers.

April 21, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

SRA International Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia, has won a blanket purchase agreement from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering. The multi-award contract has an estimated value of $100 million over five years, if all options are exercised. As one of five awardees, SRA will provide subject matter expertise in engineering, Defense Department acquisition and program management.