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Pandemic-related costs, OTAs accelerated agency contract spending for 2020

Federal spending never stops rising, and that’s certainly true of contracts spending. The pandemic has accelerated contract spending in several categories.

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How the Biden administration can make DoD an innovation powerhouse

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Pentagon R&D spending still lags behind an otherwise healthy Defense budget

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DoD’s AI center setting itself up to be a more agile buyer, use of OTAs

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FILE - In this June 3, 2019 file photo, a pilot speaks to a crew member by an F/A-18 fighter jet on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea. The U.S. Navy is trying to put together a new coalition of nations to counter what it sees as a renewed maritime threat from Iran. Meanwhile, Iran finds itself backed into a corner and ready for a possible conflict. It stands poised on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, to further break the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Navy launches six more ‘tech bridges’ to connect local innovators with Defense funding

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…

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FILE - This March 27, 2008, aerial file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington.  The Pentagon is reconsidering its awarding of a major cloud computing contract to Microsoft after rival tech giant Amazon protested what it called a flawed bidding process. U.S. government lawyers said in a court filing this week of March 13, 2020  that the Defense Department “wishes to reconsider its award decision” and take another look at how it evaluated technical aspects of the companies' proposals to run the $10 billion computing project. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon to use Defense Production Act for $133 million in N95 masks

The Pentagon plans to announce new contracts under the Defense Production Act to increase the domestic supply of critical N95 respirators over the next…

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Air Force announces new ways of learning digital skills, working on faster apps

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.

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