DOD could obtain new software and supervisory positions for sustainment technologies – FCW



DOD could obtain new software and supervisory positions for sustainment technologies

Heidi Shyu, pictured here in 2015 as the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, is looking to change the way DOD manages software and sustainment costs. (DOD photo by Sergeant Jessica Littlejohn)

The Defense Ministry’s top tech official wants to add new oversight roles for software and sustainment efforts.

Heidi Shyu, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, said she was looking to reorganize the office to add leadership roles, including a director of sustainment technologies who would focus on reducing sustainment costs and a director of processing and software to ensure that security is part of the software development process.

“Software needs to be affordable, modular and secure,” Shyu told reporters Oct. 12 at the Association of the US Army’s annual conference in Washington, DC. “If you’re buying equipment, you really want it. be secure. You want to be able to trust. “

Shyu said the goal is to create several key positions that do not yet exist, as the Under Secretary of the Defense Research and Engineering Office seeks to revamp his organizational chart with “emphasis on some of the key strategic procurement areas, “including open, modular systems that can easily interact with each other. The next step would be to meet with the Assistant Secretary of Defense to approve the new strategy.

Reducing sustainment costs was one of the main arguments Shyu made to senators during his confirmation hearing in May, noting that the development of an open and modular architecture was needed for this to happen.

The Pentagon is also looking to conduct a rapid prototyping experiment with more than 30 different projects in FY 2023. The technologies would align with gaps in joint combat capabilities identified by fighter commands in areas such as improved communications and warning indications.

Shyu said the goal is to “quantify the effectiveness of prototypes and enable a swift transition to operations” and ultimately ask operators to assess whether the technologies are useful. The experiment, which would ideally be at an annual minimum, would include both industry prototypes and those developed with the military and DOD, the chief technology officer said.

But funding for the effort is still in limbo as Congress struggles to pass the defense authorization and spending bills for fiscal year 2022. Shyu said hope is dying. ‘get funding for the 2022 fiscal year credit effort to begin with, but would not name the figure.

“The amount of money we’re looking for, compared to the value it’s going to bring, is pretty small,” Shyu said.

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Lauren C. Williams is a senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was a tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In previous positions, Williams has covered healthcare, politics and crime for various publications, including the Seattle Times.

Williams holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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