Link: Media Availability with Secretary Mattis at DIUx, transcript

“And one of the ways you make certain that you don’t have bad processes eat up good peoples’ ideas is you make certain that you remove the bad processes and organize for success.”
Original source: Media Availability with Secretary Mattis at DIUx, transcript

Link: ‘No longer an experiment’ — DIUx becomes DIU, permanent Pentagon unit

‘“There is no doubt in my mind that DIUx will not only continue to exist, it will actually — it will grow in its influence and its impact on the Department of Defense,” Mattis said in a press conference.’
Original source: ‘No longer an experiment’ — DIUx becomes DIU, permanent Pentagon unit

Link: Army’s newest command looks to the future from downtown Austin

“For too long we have focused only on cost, schedule and performance,” Murray said Friday in his remarks. “We must now also focus on value. Value to the young men and women that will be operating the equipment we build, and utilizing the concepts we develop.”
Original source: Army’s newest command looks to the future from downtown Austin

DIUx working in streamlining IT projects at the DoD

Since May 2016, DIUx has completed 21 contracts using other transaction (OT) authority and the average time is 78 days, Shah said at the New America Foundation Future of War summit in Washington.

The mission of DIUx, he said, “is to do agile culture change.…We are never going to be the acquisition arm of the Department of Defense, we’re not the R&D arm of the department.”
DIUx has so far comprised $42 million in program funding, which Shah characterized as a “rounding error of a rounding error” of the DOD budget.

Hey, they’re trying over there in the government. It ain’t easy. I’ve meet with some of the folks there and they sure seem genuine about fixing things up and curious to work closer with the civilian IT world.

When I meet with military people they use the word “agile” over and over: meaning, they’re incredibly interested in modernizing. It’s just the tiny matter of figuring out how to get from here to there.

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