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Department of Defense seeks to speed up acquisition process

Department of Defense seeks to speed up acquisition process

Business
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Senior leaders at the Department of Defense testified on Capitol Hill that they are attempting to reform and speed up an acquisition process that has dogged the agency for years.The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday heard testimony from U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, alongside other military officials, including Ellen Lord, the Pentagon's top acquisition official.The officials laid out their plan to streamline the Defense Department's acquisition of services and technology using authorities granted to them in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act."Before that act came into being, 19 of 49 of the largest Air Force programs were actually managed in decision authority kept at the Office of the Secretary of Defense level," Wilson told Congressional law...
UK seeks future cyber-security stars

UK seeks future cyber-security stars

Technology
A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government.The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline challenges themed around battling hackers.It is one of several programmes trying to build interest in security work and help fill a looming skills gap. One industry expert said a broad strategy would be needed to address the widening gap.Hacker clubsThe free Cyber Discovery programme aims to "encourage the best young minds into cyber-security", said Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in a statement.Young people interested will be asked to enrol via an online assessment and the best performers in that test will then be put through a "comprehensive curricul
KKR seeks to log out from Aricent, its oldest investment in India

KKR seeks to log out from Aricent, its oldest investment in India

Finance
MUMBAI: US private equity giant KKR is in early talks with strategic and financial investors including American late-stage tech investor Silver Lake Partners and Accenture to sell its oldest India investment, Flextronics Software, now known as Aricent, for about $ 1.5 billion. KKR has mandated JP Morgan to run a formal process and the investment bank has reached out to French technology giant Capgemini to buy a controlling stake in the Santa Clara, California-based technology firm, multiple sources in the know told ET. The deal, if successful, will mark KKR’s exit from its oldest investment in an India-focused company. When contacted, KKR and Capgemini declined to comment. Accenture and Silver Lake did not return mails seeking comments till the time of going to press. Founded in 1991
Roy Hodgson seeks to keep Crystal Palace grounded after first win

Roy Hodgson seeks to keep Crystal Palace grounded after first win

Sports
Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace are fighting to resist the "party" that has followed the "funeral" of their troubling start to the season.On Saturday they visit Newcastle hoping to build on last week's 2-1 defeat of Premier League champions Chelsea, in which in their eighth fixture they scored their first goals of the league season and also earned their first points.That one result, in which the fit-again Wilfried Zaha excelled in a front two with Andros Townsend while Mamadou Sakho provided stability in defence, has transformed Palace from near-certainties for relegation to a team expecting to survive.At St James' Park they will be further strengthened by the return to fitness of goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who will compete for selection with Julian Speroni, and the availability of the on-lo...
SAIC seeks Army armored vehicle contract

SAIC seeks Army armored vehicle contract

Business
Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Science Applications International Corp. announced on Thursday that it plans to develop combat vehicle prototypes for the U.S. Army.SAIC's prototypes for the Army's Mobile Protected Firepower, or MPF, program are to be designed, developed and built with ST Kinetics of Singapore and Belgium-based CMI Defense."As a systems integrator, SAIC can deliver an alternative option to the Army that brings together best-of-breed, non-developmental components to field a new combat vehicle quickly that meets critical requirements," Jim Scanlon, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the Defense Systems Customer Group, said in a press release. "Rapid delivery of this MPF solution is essential to the Army and our solution is extremely well-positioned to meet these requirements a...