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FCW : May 15, 2015
IN THE IT PIPELINE WHAT: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is accepting proposals for its Build- ing Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) program, which seeks to advance the design and implementation of long-lived software systems. WHY: Researchers want those systems to dynamically adapt to changes in the resources they depend on and the environ- ments in which they operate, instead of having to be manually updated by IT personnel. Those advances will require developing linguistic abstrac- tions, formal methods and resource-aware program analy- ses that can discover and specify program transformations. Sys- tems designed to monitor chang- es in the surrounding digital ecosystem will also be needed, DARPA said. “Technology inevitably evolves, but very often corre- sponding changes in libraries, data formats, protocols, input characteristics and models of components in a software eco- system undermine the behavior of applications,” DARPA Program Manager Suresh Jagannathan said in a statement. “The inabil- ity to seamlessly adapt to new operating conditions under- mines productivity, hampers the development of cyber-secure infrastructure and raises the long-term risk that access to important digital content will be lost as the software that generates and interprets content becomes outdated.” FULL LISTING: is.gd/FCW_DARPA_BRASS Join the conversation FCW uses Twitter to break news, field questions and ask our own. Learn more at Twitter.com/FCWnow. 5:43 AM - 17 Apr 2015 Mary Davie @marydavie Reply Retweet Favorite Our brave new smartphone world - @kelmansteve gets it right http://fcw.com/blogs/lectern/2015/04/kelman-brave-new- smartphone-world.aspx ... via @FCWnow According to Frank Kendall, under- secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, a recently unveiled bill to reform the troubled acquisition system largely gets it right, with at least two possible exceptions. Kendall said he was wary of the over- involvement of military service chiefs in the acquisition process. Although they have an important role to play, they should not be in the business of program scheduling, he added. “I have seen some very disastrous cases” in which service chiefs have set arbitrary dates for program deliv- erables, leading to undue risk-taking, Kendall said at a Brookings Institution event in April. “I just want to be careful about how far we go in that direction.” The legislation, written by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), would not delegate program scheduling to the service chiefs, but it would amend the U.S. Code to require their involvement in acquisition policy. Thornberry’s bill would also cre- ate a dual-track career path for mili- tary officers that involves combat and acquisition experience. That approach is intended to “more closely align the military operational, requirements and acquisition workforces of each armed force,” the bill states. But Kendall said he and Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were concerned that such a provision would not allow for enough specialization in the Defense Department acquisition workforce. “If somebody were half a doctor and half a lawyer, you wouldn’t expect him to be terrific at either one,” Ken- dall said. To improve the Pentagon’s acquisi- tion policies and practices, he recently unveiled the third iteration of the Better Buying Power initiative. The new guid- ance is intended in part to ensure that cybersecurity is “constantly in mind” in the acquisition process. When asked by FCW what he would say to critics who might charge that cybersecurity should have been a key tenet of earlier versions of the BBP, Kendall said, “they’re probably right.” “It’s not that we’re not doing anything about cyber. We are,” he added. “But I think the need to make my acquisi- tion workforce much more conscious of it in the pervasive way that I think we need to be conscious of it probably ...existed earlier.” — Sean Lyngaas Kendall welcomes House acquisition reform bill, with caveats Trending defense acquisition rules have been published without prior notice or public comment since fiscal 2010 139 10 May 15, 2015 FCW.COM 0515fcw_003-010.indd 10 4/22/15 8:57 AM
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