Defense

Air Force Taps GSA to Fast-Track Cloud Platform Buy

The Air Force is partnering with the General Services Administration on a fast-track buying procedure to acquire a cloud-based development platform for artificial intelligence and “internet of things” applications.

Authoritarian Regimes Pay Millions to K Street Lobbyists

Saudi Arabia and other countries with records of human rights abuses spend tens of millions of dollars every year to put their best faces forward in Washington.

Pentagon Whiffed on Spending $28 Billion as Time Ran Out (1)

The Defense Department lost out on $28 billion at the end of fiscal 2018 because it let authority to spend the funds expire, according to a report by its inspector general on results of the Pentagon’s first-ever audit

Shanahan Latest Industry Insider With Cabinet-Level Power

Patrick Shanahan, President Donald Trump’s temporary Pentagon chief, is the latest in a series of executive branch appointees with deep ties to the industries they oversee.

Before becoming an assistant defense secretary, Shanahan had been vice president of supply chain and operations at Boeing Co., which sells more than $20 billion worth of jets, equipment and services to the federal government each year, making it No. 2 on the BGOV 200 of top contract recipients.

Pentagon Seeks Agile Fix for Federal Security Clearance Backlog

The current backlog of security clearance applications has prompted the Defense Department to seek out industry partners skilled in Agile development methods. The Pentagon wants a contractor to take over management of a new IT system designed to streamline the process for performing background investigations.

Pentagon to Seek $1.2 Billion for New Boeing F-15 Fighters (1)

The Pentagon is planning to request $1.2 billion for 12 Boeing F-15 X fighter aircraft—the newest version of the decades-old jet—in its fiscal year 2020 budget request, according to two people familiar with the decision who asked not to be named because it’s not yet official.

Video: Rogers’s 2019 Focus to Be Homeland Security Jurisdiction

Congress needs to make a priority of its efforts to consolidate Department of Homeland Security oversight, according to Mike Rogers, the incoming ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee.

Video: Asylum Incentives Must Be Addressed in 2019, Johnson Says

Congress must take action in 2019 to shore up incentives that spur migrants to illegally cross the U.S. border and claim asylum, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said in an interview.

Video: New Chairman Thompson to Step Up Panel’s Oversight of DHS

The House Homeland Security Committee will up its oversight of the Trump administration in 2019 over a wide range of issues, incoming Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told Bloomberg Government.

Top House Armed Services Democrat to Block DOD Funds for Wall

Democratic Rep. Adam Smith, the incoming leader of the House Armed Services Cmte, plans to ban use of Pentagon funds and military personnel to build a border wall along the Southwest border.