On Dec. 3, 2013, the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground held advanced planning briefings to industry on a variety of electronic-warfare topics.
The October 2013 Navy Depot Maintenance Strategic Plan "is designed to provide broad guidance for maintenance activities that when accomplished, deliver a unique mix of value to the war fighter, positively affecting readiness and operations. It is intended to guide decision makers and to provide a flexible means to monitor progress against strategic goals that transform Navy's depot maintenance organizations for the future."
In a Dec. 2, 2013, letter to Army Secretary John McHugh, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) calls on the Army to provide documented proof of an operational needs statement that supports the development of the Red Disk program currently under scrutiny due to the possibility war funds were misused to pay for it. Also includes a related Nov. 26 letter from McHugh to Hunter.
On Nov. 25, 2013, the Navy released a draft statement of work for an effort to develop manned and unmanned experimental platforms for future tactical systems.
The Nov. 20, 2013, document "provides joint doctrine for the planning, execution, and assessment of joint operations in an urban environment."
In a Dec. 3, 2013, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces it has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale to South Korea for CH-47D Chinook helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $151 million.
In a pair of Dec. 5, 2013, statements, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces it has notified Congress of possible foreign military sales to Kuwait and Switzerland for F/A-18 C/D follow-on support for an estimated cost of $150 million and $200 million, respectively.
In a pair of Dec. 5, 2013, statements, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces it has notified Congress of possible foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia for tube-launched, optically-tracked wire-guided missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated total cost of $1.07 billion.
In a Dec. 5, 2013, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces it has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale to Austria for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $137 million.
The undated 2013 report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- "identifies each external advisory committee created to support the Director of National Intelligence, and provides a description of each committee, the subject matter covered by each committee," as well as a redacted membership list of each committee.
The Dec. 5, 2013, directive signed by outgoing Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides guidance for the Defense Warning Network."
On Nov. 27, 2013, the Air Force released a draft solicitation for sustainment work on the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile's guidance subsystem, part of the Future ICBM Sustainment and Acquisition Construct.
In a Nov. 27, 2013, performance work statement marked "for official use only," the Air Force describes a project linked to the MQ-9 Reaper where as part of an effort to upgrade its existing ground control stations and also prepare to field a future block of ground terminals, the service is contracting with General Atomics to perform two trade studies.
In a Dec. 4, 2013, notice posted on Federal Business Opportunities, the Air Force justifies its reason for sole-sourcing maintenance of the Alaska Radar System (ARS) to ARCTEC, an Alaska-based company that has provided operations and maintenance for ARS for more than 30 years.
The Dec. 5, 2013, Pentagon directive signed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel formally empowers the new acting deputy defense secretary, Christine Fox, to oversee the Defense Department on his behalf -- granting her all-inclusive authority, in accordance with the law.
In a Dec. 5, 2013, letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-VA) criticizes the Navy for essentially ending the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet production line in its fiscal year 2014 budget request.
In a Nov. 26, 2013, memo, former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter instructs the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to produce a detailed concept for future operations and propose how the organization could contribute to preempting "battlefield surprise" beyond countering IEDs.
On Dec. 5, 2013, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) sent President Obama a letter expressing concern about U.S. insistence on having Afghan President Karzai sign the Bilateral Security Agreement by the end of the year.
On Dec. 4, 2013, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a memo outlining the results of an organizational review of the Office of the Secretary of Defense conducted by former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. Includes the memo, a DOD fact sheet and the text of Hagel's prepared remarks for a Pentagon press briefing.
The Sept. 25, 2013, report to Congress examines the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization's training activities, finding that all 252 programs under the office's auspices serve a distinct purpose and that no cuts should be made.
In a Nov. 6, 2013, memo, Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence and Special Program Assessments Anthony Thomas states the IG has launched a review of the Defense Department's use of unmanned aerial systems to support civil authorities.
The Dec. 4, 2013, draft document outlines the Energy Department's strategic plan for 2014 through 2018, including management of the nuclear weapons stockpile.
In a Dec. 2, 2013, memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall outlines the changes made to Defense Department Instruction 5000.02.
The Nov. 27, 2013, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses U.S. security assistance to Taiwan.
In a Nov. 26, 2013, memo, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter promulgates a new set of instructions for how the U.S. military develops, acquires and sustains weapons -- the first wholesale revision in five years of the procedures that form the policy backbone for operating an acquisition system that handles more than $1.6 trillion in big-ticket programs alone.
A November 2013 summary of the Navy's 2013 Global War Game on Air-Sea Battle, which examined command and control in an anti-access and area-denial environment.
In a Nov. 22, 2013, memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall outlines procedures for how to use rapid acquisition authorities, which allow the Defense Department to sidestep regulations that might interfere with the expedited procurement and fielding of capabilities requested by warfighters that cost no more than $200 million annually.
In a Nov. 25, 2013, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced it had notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale to South Korea for Phase 1 upgrades of 134 KF-16C/D Block 52 aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $200 million.
In a Nov. 18, 2013, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced it had notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia of C4I system upgrades and maintenance and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.1 billion.
In a Nov. 22, 2013, memo, acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness Paul Peters issues guidance to foster greater adoption of so-called performance-based logistics contracts, with the goal of improving the readiness of weapon systems while bringing down maintenance costs.
In its November 2013 biannual Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness Plan Status report to Congress, the Pentagon states it will mostly clear its upcoming major audit-readiness deadline.
In a Nov. 26, 2013, acquisition decision memorandum marked "for official use only," Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall clears the Army to launch a competitive effort to replace nearly 3,000 Vietnam-era M113 infantry carriers with non-developmental Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles.
On Nov. 26, 2013, the Army released a formal request for proposals for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program.
On Nov. 21, 2013, the House Intelligence Committee marked up its version of the fiscal year 2014 intelligence authorization bill. Includes a committee summary as well as the opening statements of Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) plus the panel's report.
On Nov. 5, 2013, the Senate Select Intelligence Committee marked up its version of the fiscal year 2014 intelligence authorization bill. Includes a committee statement as well as the text of the bill and accompanying report.
The Sept. 24, 2013, memo signed by Principal Deputy Comptroller Mike McCord outlines the reprogramming process for Joint Urgent Operational Needs and Joint Emergent Operational Needs.
In a Nov. 8, 2013, reprogramming memo, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale approves the internal transfer of $522.5 million in funding among various Defense Department counter-drug activities.
In a Nov. 21, 2013, reprogramming memo, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale approves the internal transfer of nearly $427 million among various service environmental restoration accounts.
The Nov. 20, 2013, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- outlines the most recent contacts between the militaries of the United States and China.