Volk Field gains new commander

VOLK FIELD – Airmen, state leaders, family and friends attended the change of command ceremony at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, Aug. 13.

After three and one-half years, Col. David W. Romuald relinquished command of Volk Field – which includes the Combat Readiness Training Center, the 128th Air Control Squadron, and the 126th Weather Flight – to his successor, Col. David W. May.

“We’ve had the privilege of having colonel Romuald leading us for the last few years,” said Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general. “As the commander, he has faced a lot of challenges with personnel and budget cuts, which affected a lot of people. People we care about. When things go bad, it takes a good leader to get his Airmen through it. He did an awesome job.”

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Defense Budget Experts Urge Changes to Wartime Funding Account

Congress’ reliance on an annual emergency wartime account to fund combat operations in Syria and Iraq has served the nation’s warfighters but done damage to budget clarity and long-term planning, a panel of experts said on Monday at the Brookings Institution.

The next administration will have to decide whether to preserve the Overseas Contingency Operations account as is, more strictly restrict it to wartime needs, or introduce some modifications, said former Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale, now a senior fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. Given the “enormous turbulence” in the defense budget since the enactment of budget caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act, the OCO account on the whole has served the Pentagon well, despite criticism that it allows officials to circumvent budget caps and fund items not directly related to the nation’s wars, Hale said.

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Final rule for federal contracting calls for compliance, transparency

The Obama Administration is issuing final guidance  for the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which supporters say will help level the playing field for law-abiding contractors and hold violators to higher standards.

The final regulations go into effect Oct. 25 and require companies to disclose violations for 14 labor law protections that occurred in the past three years.

The violations requiring disclosure are those considered serious, repeated, willful and pervasive.

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Notice to Federal Government Contract and Grant Recipients

SAM and DUNS Registration and Renewal Is FREE

Madison, Wis. – August 1, 2016 – Entities with an EIN other than a personal social security number who are current and potential Federal Government grant and contract recipients MUST obtain a DUNS (D&B) number and register in the System for Award Management (SAM). SAM is the official U.S. Government registration system for grants and contract recipients.

Obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is absolutely FREE. There is absolutely no cost associated with registering on SAM or obtaining a DUNS number. Recently, grant recipients and contractors around the state of Wisconsin have been approached and in some cases paid significant fees for assistance in registering their business or organization in SAM.

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Joint Light Tactical Vehicle: The US Army’s Mechanized Warfare Warrior

As the Army gets ready to begin accepting deliveries of its new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a new fast-moving armored vehicle engineered to take bullets, drive over roadside bombs and withstand major enemy attacks, the service is solidifying plans to incorporate the vehicle into its preparations for massive great power conflict.

While the Army remains focused on being needed for counterinsurgency possibilities across the globe and hybrid-type wars involving groups of terrorists armed with conventional weapons and precision-guided missiles — the service is identifying, refining and integrating technologies, such as its emerging Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, with a specific mind to attacking enemies and protecting Soldiers in major-power war, service officials said.

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Take Two: Proposed Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Commercial Item Rule Still Fails to Rein in Contracting Officer Discretion

On August 11, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) published a revised proposed rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”) to implement sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2016 relating to commercial item acquisitions. This proposed rule replaces the rule that DoD proposed last August and retracted last December following critical commentary from the acquisition community.  While the revised proposed rule seemingly lessens the burden on contractors selling commercial items to the DoD by, among other things, restricting the contracting officer’s discretion to conclude that an item is not commercial when a DoD component has previously determined that it is and establishing a “hierarchy” of data for contracting officers to consider when making determinations of price reasonableness, both of these provisions fall short.

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NIST Issues Revisions to Special Publication 800-171

On August 16, 2016, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) released draft revisions to Special Publication (SP) 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations (SP 800-171 Rev. 1). SP 800-171 is the primary standards document which the Department of Defense (DoD) has relied on in promulgating its Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) cybersecurity rules for defense contractors

and it will likely be the standards document upon which the anticipated controlled unclassified information (CUI) rule governing all federal contractors will be based.

The most substantive change to the publication involves the addition of a new standard, PL-2 (System Security Plan), which is derived from NIST’s security and privacy controls standard for federal information systems and organization (SP 800-53). The revisions contain a substantial discussion of the new standard:

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Commissaries to Enhance Their Method of Calculating Savings

The Defense Commissary Agency is forming a new approach to calculating savings, aligning it more closely with private sector practice.  This better reflects what patrons experience daily with the products they routinely buy in the geographic regions in which they routinely shop, agency officials said.

“We hear from our military families that they sometimes find lower prices on selected items outside the gate,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA’s director and CEO. “For the first time through this new approach, we will compare our prices with local grocers on a more frequent basis to better inform our customers of potential cost savings over stores in their nearby community.”

“Our approach to calculating savings will not impact the prices our customers pay or the dollar benefit that they receive,” he added. “There will be no change to their out-of-pocket expense.”

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On Oct. 1, the U.S. Will No Longer Oversee the Internet’s Naming System

The US government has been the ultimate authority on the way the internet locates its content since the network was created. Come Oct. 1, it’s giving up that control to a non-profit.

Finding stuff on the internet works like this: When you enter http://qz.com in a browser, you get our home page. In order for that to happen, the address qz.com has to be translated into a format that’s understood by the computers around the world that delivered our home page to you. That format is known as an IP address, and for qz.com it’s 192.0.79.32.

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New DISA Global facility ushers in future of cyber-security measures

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. —

After a decade of planning and three years of construction, Defense Information Systems Agency Global Operations Command is unveiling its $100 million facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 11.

The 164,000 sq. ft. DISA Global complex houses the United States’ premier cyber-protection division built to execute global mission support and emergency response coordination. The facility boasts a Gold Leeds Certification for energy efficiency while remaining earthquake-proof and capable of withstanding the force of an F-3 tornado.

The project, completed on-schedule and $13 million under-budget, consolidates more than 950 civilian, military and contracted employees to Scott Air Force Base, with plans to grow that number in the future.

“In a period of sequestration, we are actually growing as an organization. The cyber terrain has become the next battleground,” said Dana Rowe, DISA Global deputy commander.

With the increased emphasis on prioritizing cyber-security in the 21st century, the new facility was specifically designed to meet the needs of the modern warfighter. Along with containing the most advanced networking systems available to the Department of Defense, the complex hosts the largest cyber operations center in the United States. The 20,000 sq. ft. operations center is capable of monitoring the nation’s vast cyber infrastructure.

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