Monday, September 01, 2014
Defense Plus
08-29-2014
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The Aug. 26, 2014, report from the Congressional Research Service outlines for lawmakers the current state of Conventional Prompt Global Strike initiatives and poses questions Congress might ask going forward.

 
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08-28-2014
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The June 2014 Air Force report states how the service has used congressional plus-ups to improve the capabilities of the Space Based Infrared System.

 
08-27-2014
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The Aug. 25, 2014, briefing from the office of the director of operational test and evaluation -- labeled an update to a prior briefing -- delves into reasons for defense acquisition program delays.

 
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The instruction, issued on Aug. 25, 2014, establishes new policies for the management of the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) program and sets up an integrated product team.

 
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The July 3, 2014, report -- previously labeled "for official use only" and released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request -- assessed Defense Department planning for the sustainment of rare earth elements for the defense industrial base.

 
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08-26-2014
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The Aug. 19, 2014, regulation -- No. 11-18 -- is a "major revision" of a prior regulation on the Army Cost and Economic Analysis Program.

 
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08-25-2014
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The August 2014 document, issued by the Pentagon acquisition directorate, outline new steps for "creating and maintaining a competitive environment for supplies and services in the Department of Defense."

 
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The Aug. 21, 2014, memo from Frank Kendall, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, lays out new steps and guidance intended to "improve the competitive environment" following four years in which the Defense Department "has not met its competition goals."

 
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08-22-2014
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On Aug. 21, 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey discussed the situation in Iraq.

 
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08-21-2014
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The 2014 report from DSS, "Targeting U.S. Technologies: A Trend Analysis of Cleared Industry Reporting," provides a "statistical and trend analysis that covers the most prolific foreign collectors targeting the cleared contractor community."

 
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08-20-2014
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The July 3, 2014, Defense Department report to Congress outlines DOD's collaboration with NASA, the FAA and Transportation Department on "joint progress in unmanned aircraft system collaboration, demonstrations, and data sharing."

 
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On June 30, 2014, the Pentagon submitted a report to Congress that "addresses the activities of the Department of Defense to acquire the next generation host-based cybersecurity tools and capabilities."

 
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In a July 3, 2014, letter, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel notifies Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) that he intends to transfer $19 million to the Global Security Contingency Fund to suppoprt Ukraine.

 
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In a July 3, 2014, letter, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel notifies Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) that he intends to transfer $40 million to the Global Security Contingency Fund "to undertake activities in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria."

 
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The Aug, 13, 2014, Defense Department inspector general's report finds that the Washington Headquarters Services Acquisition Directorate (WHS AD) did not properly solicit, award or manage nine task orders related to a Net-Centric Integrated Enterprise Information Technology Solutions contract resulting in DOD spending $2.4 million more than expected and potentially wasting more than $270,000 on one task order.

 
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In an Aug. 13, 2014, letter to House Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), Reps. Ron Barber (D-AZ), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) write about the reforming the Defense Department's acquisition system.

 
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In an Aug. 18, 2014, sources-sought notice, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency calls for "advisory and assistance services" to support work on countering weapons of mass destruction.

 
08-19-2014
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In a May 16, 2014, terms of reference memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall calls on the Defense Science Board to conduct a study "to review current and future ballistic and cruise missile threats, assess the implications of those systems to the survivability of U.S. critical assets, review current U.S. responses to those threats and countermeasures that might nullify those responses, and investigate and prioritize a proposed short- and long-term U.S. response."

 
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On Aug. 14, 2014, the Missile Defense Agency issued a request for proposals for the building of the Poland Aegis Ashore Array Frame.

 
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The May 30, 2014, Defense Department reprogramming request shows that the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee has refused to grant permission to shift $16 million in RQ-7B unmanned aerial system funding from the Navy's aircraft procurement budget into the service's research and development account for small tactical UAS.

 
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In an Aug. 19, 2014, briefing, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby discusses the Defense Department's transfer of military equipment to law enforcement as well as the situation in Iraq.

 
08-18-2014
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In an April 7, 2014, terms of reference memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall calls for a Defense Science Board summer study to examine potential blind spots in U.S. military planning over the next decade, assess information about pospective adversaries' technological capabilities and operational concepts that the Defense Department may not adequately address in current plans -- shortcomings that U.S. military leaders fear will lead to "regrets in 2024."

 
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The Aug. 14, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- provides an overview of the U.S. military's plans to decrease the number of personnel based in Okinawa.

 
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The Aug. 15, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses various options for the Energy Department to manufacture up to 80 pits -- plutonium "triggers" of a thermonuclear weapon -- per year.

 
08-15-2014
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The June 2014 Defense Science Board report finds that it is unclear who is in charge of policy, training and planning for the use of civilian contractors who support the military in war zones.

 
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On Aug. 14, 2014, the Commerce Department issued a new rule that "clarifies existing standards and procedures by which the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) may require that certain contracts or orders that promote the national defense be given priority over other contracts or orders."

 
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On Aug. 14, 2014, acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller gave a speech at the annual deterrence symposium in Omaha, NE.

 
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On Aug. 14, 2014, the Missile Defense Agency issued a justification and approval document -- marked "for official use only" -- authorizing the purchase of "Battery Ground 7 components" for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system from Lockheed Martin.

 
08-14-2014
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On Aug. 4-6, 2014, the Air Force held an industry day to discuss the next-generation T-X trainer aircraft.

 
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The August 2014 Congressional Budget Office report concludes that "a further sequestration (or cancellation of budgetary resources) will not be required as a result of appropriation actions this year."

 
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On Aug. 13, 2014, the Army issued a request for information seeking industry input "on the requirements and proposed acquisition strategy for the Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Increment 2 program." Also includes an Army statement.

 
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On Aug. 13, 2014, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose gave a speech at the U.S. Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium in Omaha, NE.

 
08-13-2014
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On Aug. 1, 2014, J. Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department's director of operational test and evaluation, issued new guidance on how to evaluate weapon systems against cyber threats.

 
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The redacted April 2013 Defense Department inspector general's report, made public Aug. 13, 2014, by a Freedom of Information Act request, finds that former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Director Regina Dugan violated ethics rules by promoting the interests of a company she had founded.