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  • Space

    August 2018

    Small Space Launch Companies – Great Promise with a Note of Caution

    By Kent Johnson
    When a new economic sector takes off, caution is advisable. When the automobile, commercial air travel, television and the internet arrived, not to mention rockets, Congress and sequential administrations – Republican and Democrat – crafted regulations that guided these new technologies toward growth, public utility and manageable risk. We are here again with private space-launch.
  • Viewpoint

    August 2018

    Viewpoint: Performance Based Logistics Contracting - Does it Work?

    By James Marceau
    Since its introduction to government contracting some 20 years ago, performance-based logistics (PBL) contracting has often delivered the intended result — to improve warfighter readiness through better weapon system availability and reliability, at lower cost.
  • Viewpoint

    July 2018

    Viewpoint: DoD's Digital Engineering Strategy Has Far-Reaching Implications

    By Dave Chesebrough
    Early in July, the Department of Defense released its “Digital Engineering Strategy” to help the four services understand approaches for using digital engineering for product development and acquisition.
  • Space

    June 2018

    Space Congestion Threatens to ‘Darken Skies’

    By Bill Beyer and Nicholas Nelson
    In 2014, John Charles of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency coined the term the “darkening skies,” to highlight the emerging challenge to both national security and commercial interests by the proliferation of satellites, particularly in low-Earth orbit (LEO).
  • Air Power

    May 2018

    Aerospace, Defense Industry Must Join Digital Revolution

    By Ed Kraft and Dave Chesebrough
    A hallmark of modern, innovative businesses is that they think digitally. They recognize that technology galvanizes different ways of thinking, and therefore doing.
  • Defense Contracting

    May 2018

    Cost Overruns, Schedule Slips: The Norm, Not the Exception

    By John C. Johnson
    Numerous past government projects, such as infrastructure, federal buildings, hospitals, satellite programs and weapon systems, have suffered under cost overruns and schedule slips that resulted in billions of dollars of unplanned expenditures.
  • Defense Contracting

    April 2018

    Intellectual Property Rights Demands Stifle Innovation

    By Philip J. Jasper
    Progress has been made recently, but ongoing attempts to acquire commercial items in non-commercial ways — and to seek overreaching unlimited access to intellectual property — are creating a barrier for many companies.
  • Infotech

    March 2018

    Preventing Expensive Electronic Hardware Mistakes

    By Steve Carlson and James S.B. Chew 
    “Management reserve” is a common term for all Defense Department and defense industrial base program managers.
  • Chem Bio Protection

    March 2018

    Chem-Bio Defense Program Eases Path for Industry

    By Tim Belski , Lt. Col. Matthew Clark and Hannah Feldman
    In a 2016 congressional hearing, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated that chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and emerging infectious diseases constitute a major threat to the security of the United States.
  • Cybersecurity

    March 2018

    New Cyber Rule Requires Critical Documents

    By George Wrenn
    Contractors and their supply chain with active Defense Department contracts, or those that plan on doing business with it, must assure that any of their data systems that transmit...
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