The latest iteration of the Defense Department’s “Better Buying Power” effort has gone public and many of the Pentagon’s top civilian officials have offered glimpses into what this new push could mean for industry.
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and DoD’s acquisition lead Frank Kendall unveiled Better Buying Power 3.0 Thursday Thursday and highlighted partnerships with the commercial sector as a key component of the new initiative.
“We want to identify the weapons, in the systems in the force today, that we can use in more innovative ways, and we’re looking for these promising technologies that we can pull forward,” Work said.
Cybersecurity will be also be a core component of Better Buying Power 3.0 and all aspects of programs should consider information security, Kendall said.
“It includes the industrial base that supports us and their databases and their information. It includes what we hold in government. It includes the logistics support information, the sustainment information, the design information, the tactical information,” Kendall said.
Katrina McFarland, assistant defense secretary for acquisition, told an AFCEA luncheon Friday DoD intends to obtain data rights for systems it buys from vendors under BBP 3.0.
Possession of those rights is key to the military’s open architecture technology agenda and “for the purposes of depot and support and sustainment,” McFarland said.
The current state of cloud computing in the federal government and what could be in store going forward will be the item of discussion at the Potomac Officers Club’s “FedRAMP Forum” May 14 in Falls Church, Va.
Matt Goodrich, who leads the FedRAMP program for the General Services Administration, will address the breakfast event for GovCon and government executives.
Claudio Belloli, who serves as FedRAMP’s cybersecurity program manager, will also offer his insight and perspective at the forum.
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