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The Pentagon Is Hanging Up Your Phone

The Department of Defense (DoD) has banned personal and government-issued mobile devices from secure spaces within the Pentagon. Per the new policy, military personnel, government employees, contractors, and visitors to the Pentagon cannot have personal or unclassified government-issued mobile devices in areas designated or accredited for …… » Read more


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Acquisition Policy Provisions in the House-Passed NDAA

The House on Thursday approved its fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill on a 351 to 66 vote. Like past years’ National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAAs), the FY2019 legislation contains a number of acquisition policy proposals, including provisions based on House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry’s (R-TX) …… » Read more

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Keep Your Task Orders Within Scope

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a pre-award protest regarding the Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) issuance of a task order request for proposals (TORP) outside the scope of the underlying indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. DOI sought single-engine air tanker (SEAT) …… » Read more

Maintenance Announcement

VAO will be performing maintenance on May 25th from 9pm to 12am (EST). The web site will be unavailable during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Fear Not! U.S. Military Still Dominates Worldwide Innovation

Government and industry critics who believe adversaries are outpacing the U.S. in military technology often blame red tape for rendering the government unable to innovate. However, it’s misguided to suggest other countries are leaving the U.S. in the innovation dust, two academics argue in an article for Defense One. While …… » Read more

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