Friday, October 31, 2014
Defense Plus
10-31-2014
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On Oct. 31, 2014, the Defense Department submitted its "Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan." The report covers April 1 to Sept. 30, 2014.

 
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On Oct. 16, 2014, the Army issued a request for information seeking sources interested in developing a multimission launcher to be used as part of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 Block 1 system.

 
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In an Oct. 20, 2014, draft performance work statement, the Army announced it is seeking sources capable of providing a range of services for the Asymmetric Warfare Group, including operational support to deployed units, intelligence analysis, training and education, and contractor program management.

 
10-30-2014
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On Oct. 23, 2014, the Air Force held a media day at Holloman Air Force Base, NM, where remotely piloted aircraft training was one of the topics of discussion.

 
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On Sept. 9, 2014, the Defense Department submitted a report to Congress on F-35 Lightning II sustainment of the Autonomous Logistics Information System.

 
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The Oct. 28, 2014, briefing slides outline the Defense Department's research and engineering enterprise strategic direction.

 
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The June 2014 document, issued by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on Sept. 11, 2014, "provides my vision for how we must shape, grow, and integrate our ISR capabilities to remain effective and relevant in future operating environments. The paper includes eight initiatives to advance ISR capabilities, force effectiveness, and community efficiency."

 
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On Oct. 30, 2014, the Marine Corps released its 2015 aviation plan.

 
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On Oct. 17, 2014, the Air Force Research Laboratory issued a Space Operations Initiative (SOI) broad agency announcement, asking industry to explore possible technology solutions in the areas of command and control, electromagnetic visualization, and automated real-time course of action generation -- all of which will support upgrades to the new Joint Space Operations Center Mission System.

 
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The purpose of the Oct. 27, 2014, instruction is to "assign specific responsibilities and establish supported and supporting relationships among Navy organizations that support the Navy's nuclear deterrence mission, including assignment of a single flag officer with responsibility to conduct end-to-end assessments of all Navy's nuclear deterrence mission elements."

 
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The Oct. 30, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that "additional knowledge would better support decisions about disaggregating large satellites."

 
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The Sept. 30, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that "additional enhancements are needed for Army business system schedule and cost estimates to fully meet best practices."

 
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In an Oct. 9, 2014, memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall calls on a Defense Science Board cyber defense task force to "investigate ways to inform future investment priorities, that is, methods to assess and provide DOD leadership with improved management insight into the level of cyber protection that currently exists and is planned within DOD networks."

 
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In an Oct. 9, 2014, memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall directs a Defense Science Board air dominance task force to "consider the most effective science, technology, capability and systems for maintaining air dominance beyond the next decade."

 
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In an Oct. 9, 2014, memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall calls on a Defense Science Board task force on next-generation unmanned undersea systems to address the "serious challenges" the United States faces from "rapidly advancing threat capabilities and employment of anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) strategies."

 
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In an Oct. 9, 2014, memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall calls on a Defense Science Board cyber deterrence task force to identify "critical capabilities (cyber and non-cyber) needed to support deterrence, warfighting, and escalation control against a highly cyber-capable adversary."

 
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The Oct. 28, 2014, instruction "sets forth policy and responsibilities for developing and maintaining directives from the secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)."

 
10-29-2014
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The Sept. 2, 2014, Defense Department report to Congress on chemical demilitarization states that the Pentagon will fail to meet a December 2017 deadline to destroy its entire stockpile of chemical agents and munitions.

 
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In an Oct. 27, 2014, request for information, U.S. Special Operations Command solicits input from industry for an upcoming technological demonstration that seeks to reduce the chances of special operations forces and their vehicles being detected or targeted.

 
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In an Oct. 24, 2014, BAA, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency calls for industry help to create a vaccine and other short-term solutions for Ebola.

 
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On Oct. 21, 2014, the American Helicopter Society International held a Vertical Takeoff and Landing Precision Delivery UAS Symposium and Technical Workshop at the University of Maryland. Includes slides from the FAA's presentation on national airspace integration for unmanned and optionally piloted aircraft.

 
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The Oct. 29, 2014, Naval Space and Warfare Command briefing slides outline "Information Dominance Science and Technology Cross Functional Team & Technology Objectives."

 
10-28-2014
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On Oct. 7, 2014, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency issued a broad agency announcement for the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies Program Technology Development effort. Includes the BAA as well as a Sept. 5, 2014, Proposer Day presentation released Oct. 9, 2014.

 
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In remarks to the United Nations General Assembly's First Committee Thematic Discussion on Outer Space on Oct. 27, 2014, Christopher Buck, a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N., reiterated the United States' concerns about the continued development, testing and deployment of anti-satellite systems.

 
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On Oct. 28, 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby discussed military efforts agains Ebola and ISIL.

 
10-27-2014
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The Sept. 22, 2014, Defense Department reprogramming action transfers $28 million from Navy and Marine Corps weapons procurement accounts to shipbuilding accounts.

 
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The Aug. 22, 2014, Navy instruction establishes "policy and governance for all Navy high-risk training."

 
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The Aug. 29, 2014, regulation "sets policies, responsibilities, and procedures for the review of education and training activities in order to improve the activities' effectiveness and efficiency; the development and conduct of Inter-Service training and nonresident courses; the exchange and development of education and training resources, research data, and training technology."

 
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The purpose of the March 14, 2014, Navy memo is "to assign responsibilities and establish minimum standards for training, certifying, qualifying and evaluating United States Navy personnel and other personnel to control close air support (CAS) missions as joint terminal attack controller (JTAC)."

 
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On June 12, 2014, the National Defense Industrial Association held its annual integrated air and missile defense conference.

 
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On July 29-31, 2014, the National Defense Industrial Association held its annual fuze conference.

 
10-24-2014
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The purpose of the Oct. 24, 2014, Defense Department directive is to "update the responsibilities and functions, relationships, and authorities of the USD(I)."

 
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On Oct. 16, 2014, the Army released a performance work statement for its new Cyber Battle Lab.

 
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On April 15, 2014, the Army issued an RFI for the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) program, which is meant to replace the service's 44 Landing Craft Mechanized-8 boats.

 
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The October 2014 Army notice announces an industry day scheduled for Dec. 3, 2014, in New Orleans meant to "provide industry insight into future Army Watercraft opportunities and technologies being considered and planned for Army acquisition," including the Landing Craft Utility-2000 life extension and "planned procurements of the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light)."

 
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In an Oct. 14, 2014, notice to industry updated the following Oct. 15 and 21, the Army announces it is seeking information on research, development and prototyping efforts aimed at improving use of the electromagnetic spectrum across the Defense Department and industry.

 
10-23-2014
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The Oct. 22, 2014, Defense Department directive "updates and reestablishes the functional and organizational relationships among all DOD elements involved in providing DOD C2 enabling capabilities and directs necessary operational links to non-DOD organizations."

 
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On Oct. 15, 2014, the Air Force issued a sources-sought notice to gauge whether companies are capable of providing experienced MQ-1 and MQ-9 operators to support production acceptance and developmental test sorties.

 
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On Oct. 17, 2014, Air Force Global Strike Command issued a request for information regarding a B-52 re-engining effort.

 
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On Oct. 23, 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo "agreed to implement South Korea's proposal for a conditions-based approach to transferring wartime control of allied forces, known as OPCON, to ensure the combined defense posture remains strong and seamless."