Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Defense Plus
11-25-2014
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In a Nov. 14, 2014, memo marked "for official use only," Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work announces plans to "reinvigorate" the Support for Strategic Analysis process -- previously delegated to a trio of senior officials -- and sets an agenda in an effort to produce more uniform information critical to leadership assessments of defense strategy as well as planning, programming, and budget-execution matters.

 
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On Nov. 5, 2014, NATO released a pair of documents for a new digital game prototype that may constitute a new scenario in the Trident Series Exercise.

 
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On Oct. 31, 2014, the life-cycle logistics functional integrated product team held its annual meeting.

 
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The document, released Nov. 24, 2014, outlines the Navy's acquisition activities during fiscal year 2014.

 
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The Nov. 18, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds the number of bid protests filed in fiscal year 2014 jumped 5 percent from the previous year to hit 2,561, the highest level in more than a decade.

 
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The Nov. 19, 2014, Government Accountability Office report recommends the Defense Department "revise inventory guidance to improve the review of contract functions, approve a plan of action with milestones and timeframes to establish a common data system to collect contractor manpower data, and designate a senior management official at the military departments to develop plans to use inventory data to inform management decisions."

 
11-24-2014
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The Nov. 20, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense and State departments "need to define time frames to guide and track Global Security Contingency Fund projects."

 
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In an Oct. 14, 2014, decision, the Government Accountability Office's comptroller general denies Alliant Techsystems' challenge of an Air Force request for proposals for the upgrade of the High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile control section.

 
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On Nov. 18, 2014, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose gave a speech in Bucharest, Romania on the European Phased Adaptive Approach.

 
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On Nov. 19, 2014, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose gave a speech in Warsaw, Poland about NATO and missile defense.

 
11-21-2014
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In late October the Marine Corps released a new ground combat vehicle strategy.

 
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The Army is conducting a market survey on potential technologies to be used for the Joint Biological Tactical Detection System, Increment 2.

 
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The Army published a "Finding of No Significant Impact" in October that found no significant environmental impacts, besides socioeconomic, would result from large base reductions brought on by sequestration-level budget cuts.

 
11-20-2014
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The Nov. 6, 2014, briefing slides outline Navy Expeditionary Combat Command's use of unmanned systems.

 
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The Nov. 6, 2014, briefing slides outline "emergent unmanned technologies for littoral undersea warfare."

 
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The Army's financial report covering fiscal year 2014.

 
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The GAO report reviews congressional options for the cost caps on the Navy's Ford Class aircraft carrier program.

 
11-19-2014
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On Nov. 5, 2014, Dyke Weatherington, principal director for space, strategic and intelligence systems within the Pentagon's acquisition office, gave a presentation on unmanned system challenges.

 
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The Nov. 6, 2014, briefing slides outline the Navy's efforts to use unmanned underwater systems in mine countermeasures missions.

 
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11-18-2014
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The November 2014 briefing slides outline the status of the Air Force's fleet of MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft.

 
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The Nov. 5, 2014, briefing slides outline the Navy's and Marine Corps' plans for unmanned aerial systems.

 
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On Nov. 5, 2014, Air Force Chief Technology Officer Jeffrey Eggers gave a presentation on the service's vision for an integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance enterprise.

 
11-17-2014
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The November 2014 document "details the Department of Defense strategy, status, and accomplishments toward achieving audit readiness on the Statement of Budgetary Resources (SBR) by September 30, 2014, and validating audit readiness of all financial statements by September 30, 2017.

 
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In a Nov. 14, 2014, request for information, Air Force Special Operations Command announces it is seeking "potential solutions grounded in the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facility-Policy (DOTMLPF-P) framework" for application to the Prioritized Gap List.

 
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In a Nov. 14, 2014, letter, a group of state governors calls on lawmakers to force the Army to halt a controversial aviation-reform initiative until outside experts have had a chance to weigh in.

 
11-16-2014
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On Nov. 16, 2014, the Pentagon released its new Defense Innovation Initiative Memorandum.

 
11-14-2014
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The June 2, 2014, report of an Independent Review Team "examined the nuclear deterrent mission in the Departments of the Navy and Air Force and sought to identify leadership, organization, investment, morale, policy, procedural, and/or other shortcomings that are adversely impacting the mission." Also includes a summary, fact sheets, the transcript of the DOD briefing and more.

 
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On Nov. 3, 2014, Naval Air Systems Command released a request for information for a sense-and-avoid radar solution for its MQ-4C Triton unmanned air system.

 
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On Nov. 5, 2014, the Army issued an updated presolicitation for the Mounted Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronics Warfare (CREW) System.

 
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The Nov. 12, 2014, Army request for information "provides an outline for the need of a Global Positioning System (GPS) Anti-Jam (AJ) Antenna System (AJAS) for Army platforms including ground vehicles such as High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), M1 Abrams, M2 Bradley, and IAV Stryker, as well as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)."

 
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On Nov. 12, 2014, the Army issued a request for information seeking interested contractors to work on a vehicle navigation system for Army platforms.

 
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The Nov. 7, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses whether the Defense Contract Audit Agency could be "held liable in tort to a federal contractor for alleged malpractice during an audit that helped deny the contractor reimbursement of costs later determined to be owed under the contract."

 
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The Nov. 7, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses presidential authority to use military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

 
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On Oct. 23, 2014, Rear Adm. David Johnson, program executive officer for submarines, gave a briefing at the Naval Submarine League's annual symposium in Falls Church, VA.

 
11-13-2014
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The Nov. 5, 2014, Air Force briefing slides outline the service's current and future remotely piloted aircraft operations.

 
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On Nov. 7, 2014, the Air Force released a performance work statement as part of a draft request for proposals for the fifth Operationally Responsive Space satellite launch, slated for 2017.

 
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On Nov. 12, 2014, U.S. and Chinese military officials agreed on a memorandum of understanding on notification of major military activities.

 
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On Nov. 12, 2014, U.S. and Chinese military officials agreed on a memorandum of understanding on the rules of behavior for the safety of air and maritime encounters.