Acquisitions Chief Details DoD Efforts to Speed, Reform Acquisition Processes

By Jim Garamone Defense Department is charging ahead in using new authorities to streamline, speed up and reform the acquisition system to ensure warfighters get what they need when they need it, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told said her office is pushing the responsibility to restore America’s overmatch against any possible foe out to the services. For the last two years, the national defense authorization acts have given new tools to…

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Caribbean Nations Must Evolve Networks to Face New Challenges, Tidd Says

By Jim Garamone Networks are a fact of life in the world today and they are both the problem and the solution, U.S. Southern Command’s chief said today at the Caribbean Nations Security Conference in Georgetown, Guyana. Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd reiterated a theme he broached in last year’s conference: the idea of networks. Networks are a fact of life in the 21st century and they drive the world. “They are a defining characteristic of our daily lives,” the admiral said. “We rely on them, we’re part of them,…

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National Security Advisor Hints at Basis of Trump’s National Security Strategy

By Jim Garamone During a speech to the Reagan National Defense Forum yesterday, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor gave hints on what the president’s national security strategy will contain. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the first active-duty national security advisor since Army Gen. Colin Powell, said the strategy would set the stage for the country to reclaim its strategic confidence. Making the speech at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, was a tribute to the president who resurrected U.S. confidence when he took office in 1981….

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