Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Defense Plus
08-20-2014
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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.

 
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In an Aug. 11, 2014, request for information, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Strategic Technology Office "is considering the development of a system-of-systems architecture and critical components to support networked maritime operations, to include undersea, surface, and above surface domains."

 
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The July 15, 2014, Missile Defense Agency briefing slides ouline the agency's plans to conduct environmental impact studies at four East Coast military bases that could house ballistic missile defense interceptors.

 
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The May 2014 Institute for Defense Analyses briefing slides discuss "using cost estimating relationships to develop a price index for tactical aircraft."

 
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An April 9, 2014, letter to Congress signed by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz states the National Nuclear Security Administration now views the upper limit for the Uranium Capabilities Replacement Project at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN at $6.5 billion and suggests the fiscal year 2013 Defense Authorization Act cost cap of $4.2 billion is not achievable. Also includes a March 19 letter signed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) and strategic forces subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL), as well as an NNSA report on the Y-12 National Security Complex.

 
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In June 2013, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration released its fourth interim progress report on freeing 500 megahertz of federal and non-federal spectrum for commercial wireless broadband use by 2020.

 
08-12-2014
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In an Aug. 12, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia for an AWACS modernization program and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $2.0 billion."

 
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In an Aug. 12, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Canada for AN/AAQ-24(V) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $225 million."

 
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In an Aug. 12, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey for AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $320 million."

 
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On Aug. 12, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it "intends to establish a Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in fiscal year 2015. The goal of this endeavor is to create a cost sharing relationship between academia, industry, and government that will focus on research areas of primary interest to the FAA and the U.S. unmanned aircraft systems community."

 
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On Aug. 12, 2014, the top U.S. and Australian defense and foreign affairs officials held a joint briefing in Sydney.

 
08-11-2014
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On Aug. 8, 2014, the Missile Defense Agency issued a draft request for proposals for the Long Range Discrimination Radar program.

 
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In an Aug. 11, 2013, Pentagon briefing, Lt. Gen. William Mayville, director of operations (J3) on the Joint Staff, discusses U.S. operations in Iraq.

 
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On Aug. 11, 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held a briefing with his Australian counterpart in Sydney.

 
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On Aug. 11, 2014, the Pentagon announced the names of eight new members of the Defense Business Board.

 
08-08-2014
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In August 2014 briefing slides, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Al Shaffer discusses "Maintaining Our Technological Advantage in an Era of Uncertainty."

 
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In a July 22, 2014, memo, Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno discuss how the United States faces a rapidly changing global security environment that is volatile, unstable and increasingly threatening to U.S. interests.

 
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On July 24, 2014, the Army issued a request for information seeking ideas that could possibly feed into a new Lightweight Reconnaissance Vehicle program aimed at supporting the service's planned rapid global response posture.

 
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In an Aug. 5, 2014, justification and approval document, the Army announces it will award Cliffdale Manufacturing Inc. a contract potentially worth $8.5 million to upgrade OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

 
08-07-2014
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On Aug. 5, 2014, the Air Force released a proposed strategy update for the Sustainment and Modification Of Radar Sensors program.

 
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On Aug. 5-6, 2014, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association held its annual Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium.