The long-term vision is to reduce friction in the Navy’s innovation ecosystem. In the meantime, it may also help keep some of its smallest and most vital suppliers afloat.
The Pentagon plans to announce new contracts under the Defense Production Act to increase the domestic supply of critical N95 respirators over the next three months.
The Air Force is preparing to invest in what it’s calling Digital U, an online schoolhouse similar to Udemy or Codecademy that will let airmen learn basic cyber skills.
The Army is using other transaction authority to purchase prototypes of tactical vehicles that would be dropped from helicopters.
The Army plans a critical design review process next April, after which it will begin buying significant quantities of gear to build its integrated tactical network.
Toni Townes-Whitley, president for U.S. Regulated Industries at Microsoft, said industry is shifting away from providing software or products to finding more relevant mission-focused technologies and services.
OFPP and ACT-IAC partnered to collect and describe acquisition innovations as a way to reduce the friction of acquisition through a new Periodic Table of Acquisition Elements.
Deals made under other transaction authority, as opposed to regular procurement contracts, help the government buy innovation and prototypes.
Gary Gray, William Riski and George Schleh of Acquisition Systems Associates, make the case for why DoD should be more aggressive in their use of middle tier acquisition approaches.
Larry Allen, of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how.