U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Sanchez, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs apprentice, shows the coin he received from U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, during Raymond’s visit to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 2, 2021. Raymond coined Sanchez for creating the selected USSF motto, “Semper Supra,” meaning “always above.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John R. Wright)

Space Force adviser says service may need tailored tech

The Space Force requires the creation of a digital engineering environment for satellites.
Lance Cpl. Sierra Walker, supply specialist with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, tests the Global Combat Support System-Marine Corps Release 12 upgrade while deployed before its official launch. The Marine Corps upgraded the system in August to strengthen the Corps’ cybersecurity posture and offer a more customizable tool to ensure Marines can easily and clearly report readiness to their commander. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anthony VanFredenberg)

Marine Corps figuring out where IT-as-a-service ‘makes sense’

When asked about IT-as-a-service implementation, a Marine Corps official said he had “no fundamental issues” with it but still needs to figure out “where it makes sense.”
Director, Defense Information Systems Agency / Commander, Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Network, Vice Adm. Nancy Norton (left), speaks during a retirement ceremony for Capt. James Mills, special assistant for information warfare, Chief of Naval Operations (N2/N6), at the United States Navy Memorial. Mills retired after 29 years of honorable service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Sykes)

DISA plans for more OTAs after early successes

The agency has three new OTAs coming, including an evolution of the military's joint situational awareness system.
Hannah Coley, a contractor from Apex Systems, Inc., assigned as a Project Kessel Run software designer works on an application for the Air Operations Center on her first day at the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab, May 7, 2018, in Boston. Coley is part of a team working to improve the applications used by Airmen who orchestrate combat airpower in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Maki)

Air Force’s Kessel Run has admirers elsewhere in the military

Other parts of the DOD have noticed the Air Force's success with the agile software acquisition program Kessel Run, and they want it too.
U.S. Army Reserve combat engineers from the 374th Engineer Company (Sapper) program their grid coordinates using a Defense Advanced GPS receiver. (U.S. Army photo by MSG Michel Sauret, 200th Military Police Command)

DOD looking for the next GPS

Satellite-based GPS has become "contested" and "vulnerable" and can no longer be relied on, a top Pentagon IT official said.
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan gives the keynote address at the U.N. Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nov. 15, 2017. (DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)

Shanahan on DOD’s commercial cloud: It’s ‘not our goal’

"Our goal is to get a lot of the data into an environment where we can start making better decisions," said the Pentagon No. 2.