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Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, USAF,  commander of US Air Force Materiel Command, discusses agile software development’s criticality to the work of both the US Air Force and US Defense Department — especially in the face of rising weapons-systems software costs — and barriers to its implementation during the Mitchell Space Breakfast Series’ “Keeping a Decisive Edge — Agile Software Development in the USAF” event, presented by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies on July 14, 2017, at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington.

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Emily Harman, the US Navy’s director of small business programs, and Bob Smith, the US Navy’s director of small business innovation research and small business technology transfer, discuss small business collaboration with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian on April 5. The interview was held during the Navy League of the United States’ 2017 Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, discusses CSBA’s recently released “Restoring American Seapower” study with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The study — co-authored by Peter Haynes, Jessie Sloman and Timothy Walton of CSBA joined by Bryan McGrath of the Hudson Institute and Craig Hooper of Gryphon Scientific — found that the Navy needs between 340 and 380 ships (depending on ship counting rules) and is one of three mandated by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act 2016 to help shape Navy shipbuilding and force structure. The other two are the Navy’s own internal study, “Alternative Future Fleet Platform Architecture Study,” which found a need for 355 ships, and “Navy Future Fleet Platform Architecture Study” by the MITRE Corporation – one of America’s federally funded research and development centers – that concluded the Navy needs 414 ships to support US strategy and confront threats in 2030. Links to all three reports can be found at the Defense & Aerospace Report website.