Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Defense Plus
10-20-2014
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The Oct. 17, 2014, Defense Department instruction "updates established policy, assigned responsibilities, and procedures governing" directives, instructions, manuals, publications, directive-type memoranda and "OSD administrative instructions (AIs)."

 
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The purpose of the Oct. 16, 2014, Defense Department instruction is "to establish policy, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for DOD audits."

 
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On Oct. 17, 2014, the Defense Department announced its Threat Reduction Advisory Committee would hold a closed meeting on Nov. 4-5, 2014, to "obtain, review and evaluate classified information related to the Committee's mission to advise on technology security, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (C-WMD), counterterrorism, and counterproliferation."

 
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In an Oct. 2014, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible foreign Military sale to Iraq for M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $600 million."

 
10-17-2014
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On Oct. 16, 2014, the Pentagon's comptroller published the final version of the fiscal year 2014 omnibus reprogramming request -- dated Aug. 21, 2014 -- that shifts a total of $3.7 billion from lower- to higher-priority projects, a sum that is 14 percent lower than the $4.3 billion the Defense Department asked Congress permission to reprogram on July 10.

 
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The October 2014 George Washington University-Northrop Grumman report on cybersecurity in the acquisition process recommends adopting secure technologies, components, systems and practices, specifically pointing to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's framework of cybersecurity standards as a "good step forward" in improving security in acquisition.

 
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On Oct. 16, 2014, the Navy held a series of briefings regarding the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning, command and control aircraft.

 
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On Oct. 17, 2014, U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Lloyd Austin held a briefing at the Pentagon.

 
10-16-2014
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In an Oct. 6, 2014, letter, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko agreed with the Pentagon's decision to send at least three C-130H aircraft to the Afghan Air Force to ensure that one aircraft is mission-ready at all times, particularly if one aircraft is receiving depot maintenance abroad and the second one becomes unavailable for whatever reason.

 
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On Sept. 9, 2014, the Air Force held an industry day for the Sustainment of Optical Telescopes and Radars (SOAR) program.

 
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On Oct. 7-9, 2014, the Association of Old Crows held a technical symposium on "Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations In Contested And Permissive Environments."

 
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The Oct. 16, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department's "dissemination of National Security Waiver information could enhance awareness and compliance with restrictions" when it comes to obtaining specialty metals.

 
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In a Sept. 18, 2014, redacted decision released on Oct. 16, 2014, the Government Accountability Office's comptroller general denies Boeing's protest of a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency contract award to Harris Corp. for foundation geospatial intelligence content management services.

 
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On Oct. 16, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order calling for the activation of Reserve troops to augment the forces supporting the effort to fight Ebola in West Africa. Includes the text of the executive order as well as a letter to lawmakers.

 
10-15-2014
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On Oct. 15, 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave the keynote speech at the Association of the United States Army's annual convention.

 
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In an Oct. 10, 2014, statement, the Justice Department announces that Boeing had paid $23 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims for labor charges on maintenance contracts with the Air Force for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft.

 
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In an Oct. 15, 2014, letter, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) questions Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about 160 Army personnel stationed at Ft. Carson, CO, that are slated for deployment to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak.

 
10-14-2014
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The Oct. 7, 2014, regulation "prescribes the Department of the Army policy for implementing performance-based life cycle product support, including performance-based logistics, through the Army's integrated product support program which includes planning, developing, acquiring and sustaining well-defined, affordable performance-based product support strategies for Army materiel and software."

 
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The Aug. 7, 2014, instruction "provides policy and defines specific responsibilities for the implementation of the Department of the Navy's Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) program."

 
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The March 14, 2014, instruction issues "policy, procedures and reporting requirements regarding personnel tempo (PERSTEMPO) of individual Sailors and for operating tempo (OPTEMPO) of deployable units."

 
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In an Oct. 14, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for Close-In Weapon System Block 1B Baseline 2 upgrades and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $76 million."

 
10-13-2014
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On Oct. 13, 2014, the Defense Department released its new Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, the latest in a series of indicators signaling the military continues to view changing weather conditions as a threat to the global security environment.

 
10-10-2014
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The Sept. 18, 2014, Army Science Board briefing slides outline the results of a study which finds an absence of a deliberate approach to recognizing talent and promoting it within the Army.

 
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In an Oct. 7, 2014, letter to congressional defense authorizers, the National Guard Association of the United States urges lawmakers to adopt language that would halt Army plans for transferring Apache helicopters out of the National Guard.

 
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In June 2014, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's social sciences department held a conference on the quality of Army personnel. Includes briefing slides outlining the findings of a paper written the previous year by Army War College professors Stephen Gerras and Leonard Wong. Also includes a presentation on "talent management" by the West Point social sciences department.

 
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In an Oct. 2, 2014, sources-sought notice, the Army announces it is seeking information on the continued development of the Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Tactical Proficiency Trainer.

 
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The Oct. 10, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that "some actions have been taken to address challenges with the Uranium Processing Facility design."

 
10-09-2014
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In an Oct. 3, 2014, posting to the Federal Business Opportunities website, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center states one segment of its plan to reverse its strategy for the program previously referred to as the Sustainment and Modification of Optical Radar Sensors -- pursuing two sustainment contracts rather than one -- had been approved by the program executive officer for battle management.

 
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In an Oct. 3, 2014, letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko writes about the scrapping of 16 G222 aircraft bought by the United States for the Afghan air force. Also includes a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah James.

 
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The Oct. 9, 2014, Defense Department inspector general's report finds that "policy changes [are] needed at the Defense Contract Management Agency to ensure forward pricing rates result in fair and reasonable contract pricing."

 
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The Oct. 9, 2014, Government Accountability Office report looks at the use of market research in procurement by the Defense Department and other federal agencies.

 
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The Sept. 30, 2014, letter to House Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) outlines five principles to improve the defense acquisition process.

 
10-08-2014
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The Oct. 7, 2014, briefing slides outline the Defense Department's plan to use test and evaluation to achieve Better Buying Power objectives.

 
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The Sept. 24, 2014, letter from the Pentagon's personnel and readiness office informs Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) that Lernes Hebert, a member of the senior executive service, had been appointed to conduct a strategic review on the collection of service contract data, the creation of a common reporting system for the contracts and an office to implement the system department-wide.

 
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The April 2014 Defense Department report -- submitted to Congress on Aug. 12, 2014 -- outlines DOD's use of the Acquisition Workforce Development Fund during fiscal year 2013.

 
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The Oct. 7, 2014, Army Operating Concept (AOC) "describes how future Army forces will prevent conflict, shape security environments, and win wars while operating as part of our Joint Force and working with multiple partners."

 
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The Aug. 14, 2014, Defense Department report to Congress states that DOD is working to establish a more stable funding source for commercial satellite communications services as the department's overseas contingency operations funding diminishes.

 
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On Oct. 8, 2014, the State Department released an interim report on "the revision of the guidelines for U.S.-Japan defense cooperation."

 
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The Oct. 8, 2014, Government Accountability Office report assesses the Defense Department's "rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement for the T-AO(X) program and the analysis used to support it."

 
10-07-2014
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The Sept. 26, 2014, pamphlet "provides procedures for acquiring and managing information technology support and services and applies to information technology developed for or purchased by the Department of Army."