FedBizOpps.gov Gets a Well-Deserved Overhaul

By Troy Barnes – March 4, 2019 If you’ve bid on a government contract, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with (and frustrated by) FedBizOpps.gov or FBO.gov — the federal government’s public-facing contracting database. Experienced government contractors have recently begun expressing their frustration with the website, referring to it as clunky and difficult to navigate. In response to these concerns, the …

DoD Works to Improve Overpayment Process

By Troy Barnes – Feb. 25, 2019 Overpayments — that is, payments to workers or companies that are duplicated or misrouted — are a fact of life in both the public and private sectors. Businesses and agencies that don’t have a reliable process in place to quickly detect and recoup these overpayments may be at risk of waste, fraud, and …

U.S. Tackles Space Security Challenges

By Samir Naqvi – Feb. 18, 2019 Space has been known as “the final frontier” since Star Trek first hit television screens—but to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), space is the final frontier of military defense. It’s vital for the DoD to research and develop new ways to tackle space-related threats, whether from other world superpowers or even extraterrestrial …

DoD Aims to Reform its Acquisition Process

By Troy Barnes – Feb. 11, 2019 The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) spends billions of dollars each year through its many acquisition and procurement programs. Because this constitutes such a significant percentage of the DoD budget, acquisition reform efforts are a top priority. In fact, acquisition reform was one of only three lines of effort highlighted in the 2018 …

AI Cybersecurity

DoD Considers Using AI to Maintain Contractor Cybersecurity

By Samir Naqvi – Feb. 4, 2019 The recent government shutdown helped reveal just how many federal contractors exist today. The Department of Defense (DoD) alone utilizes the services of more than 600,000 contractors spread across 50,000 companies. These contractors work both domestically and abroad, with some working on temporary short-term contracts while others consider themselves “lifers.” Until recently, policing the security …

What the DoD’s New ‘Cyber Factory’ Means For Defense Technology

By Troy Barnes – Jan. 28, 2019 In October 2018, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (LCMC) announced an unprecedented new acquisition system for military cyber weapons: a “cyber factory” called Unified Platform (UP). Through the development of UP, the Air Force should be able to arm its U.S. Cyber Command warriors with state-of-the-art cyber weapons as soon as …

The SHOT Show Returns to Las Vegas

By Samir Naqvi – Jan. 21, 2019 The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)’s 2019 Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show returns to the Sands Expo Center in sunny Las Vegas from Jan. 22 through Saturday the 26th this year, bringing the latest in shooting and outdoor sports technology to more than 70,000 visitors. Unlike many nationwide shooting and hunting shows, …

U.S. Navy Turns Toward Education in Critical Thinking

By Troy Barnes – Jan. 14, 2019 While the images of soldiers raising the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima and storming Normandy’s beach on D-Day are indelibly etched into the country’s collective consciousness, few of today’s military battles and skirmishes are fought on the front lines. From cyber warfare to “lone wolf” terrorist attacks, the military faces threats …

Everything You Need to Know About the DOD’s Conservation Mission in Guam

By Samir Naqvi – Jan. 7, 2019 While the more than 160,000 people who inhabit Guam are American citizens by birth, many continental Americans are unaware of just how much of an impact this unique 130,000-acre island has on the world’s ecology. With rare limestone forests and an incredible array of wildlife, Guam’s overall health remains key to maintaining species …

How Blockchain Exploration Will Improve Disaster Relief

By Troy Barnes – Jan. 1, 2019 In early December 2018, Continuous Process Improvement leaders within the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support participated in a two-day event to explore potential applications of blockchain technology within the Department of Defense (DoD). DLA Troop Support provides U.S. troops stationed within the U.S. and around the globe with a variety of on-the-ground needs like …