Friday, August 01, 2014
Defense Plus
07-31-2014
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In a report delivered to Congress in June 2014, the Air Force asserts significant near-term changes to the Space Based Infrared System program of record could delay the delivery of later satellites by at least two years and cost an additional $400 million to $900 million to implement.

 
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On July 31, 2014, the National Defense Panel released a congressionally mandated report assessing the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review.

 
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The July 1, 2014, abstract describes an Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study on technology readiness of hypersonic vehicles.

 
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The July 1, 2014, abstract describes an Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study on nuclear command, control and communications.

 
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The July 1, 2014, abstract describes an Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study on the defense of forward bases.

 
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In a July 24, 2014, request for information, the Army announces it is conducting a Lightweight Combat Vehicle science and technology campaign (LCVSTC) to see if it is feasible to reduce future combat vehicle weights by as much as 40 to 50 percent using advanced materials and technologies.

 
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The July 31, 2014, Government Accountability Office report asserts the Defense Department "needs to improve future assessments of roles and missions."

 
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The July 31, 2014, Government Accountability Office letter asserts a Defense Department report to Congress on active and reserve unit costs "generally addressed the statutory requirements but lacks detail."

 
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The July 28, 2014, Energy Department inspector general's report finds the National Nuclear Security Administration "could not ensure, and we could not independently validate, whether it will fully meet customer needs within the SNDD Program budget."

 
07-30-2014
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In a July 21, 2014, letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs financial and contracting oversight subcommittee Chairwoman Claire McCaskill (D-MO) asks for "information regarding the progress that the [Defense] Department has made in establishing a common reporting application to collect data on the use of service contractors and the creation of an office to support the effort to implement this application department-wide."

 
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On July 30, 2014, the Air Force released a document outlining the service's "strategic path for the next 30 years."

 
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In a July 8, 2014, notice, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announces it is seeking information on the development of an infrastructure for its futuristic Squad X program. Also includes a related 2013 request for information.

 
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The July 30, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that "factors DOD considers when choosing best-value processes are consistent with guidance for selected acquisitions."

 
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The July 30, 2014, Govwernment Accountability Office report finds that "additional testing and improved weight management [is] needed prior to further investments" in the Littoral Combat Ship program.

 
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In a July 29, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $700 million."

 
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In a July 29, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for aviation sustainment support, on-the-job maintenance training and maintenance advice and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $500 million."

 
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In a July 24, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $700 million."

 
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In a July 24, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Philippines for C-130T aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $61 million."

 
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In a July 16, 2014, draft request for proposals, the Air Force calls for ideas to develop and demonstrate a Heated And Mobile Munitions Employing Rockets (HAMMER) munition, incorporating a kinetic fireball incendiary payload into the standard, steel warhead casing the U.S. military uses to house payloads that smash through concrete fortifications.

 
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The July 18, 2014, memo "outlines the Administration's multi-agency science and technology priorities for formulating FY 2016 Budget submissions to the Office of Management and Budget."

 
07-29-2014
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On July 29, 2014, the State Department released its annual, "detailed assessment of the adherence of the United States and other nations to obligations undertaken in all arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements or commitments to which the United States is a participating state." The report determines that Russia is in violation of its obligations under the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.

 
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On July 29, 2014, the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the security situation in Iraq and Syria. Includes the opening statements of committee Chairman Buck NcKeon (R-CA) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) as well as the prepared testimony of Prof. Steven Biddle from The George Washington University; Max Boot from the Council on Foreign Relations; Brian Fishman from the New America Foundation; and former committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA).

 
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The July 2014 report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction finds that Textron "met requirements" for supplying Afghanistan with Mobile Strike Force Vehicles, "but long-term operation and maintenance remain a concern."

 
07-28-2014
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The July 16, 2014, Defense Department document "provides overarching doctrine for special operations and the employment and support for special operations forces across the range of military operations."

 
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The July 16, 2014, Defense Department document "provides doctrine for planning, executing, and managing operational contract support in all phases of joint operations."

 
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On July 18, 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby discussed the situation in Ukraine and other topics.

 
07-25-2014
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In a July 15, 2014, memo signed by Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell, the Army pulls the Distributed Common Ground System-Army from a key test planned for the Network Integration Evaluation in the fall of 2014, moving it instead to the following NIE in spring 2015, where it will be a "priority effort."

 
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On July 25, 2014, the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee held a hearing on Navy and Marine Corps amphibious fleet requirements. Includes the opening statement of subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-VA) as well as the joint prepared testimony of Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems; Marine Corps Assistant Commandant Gen. John Paxton; and Assistant Navy Secretary Sean Stackley.

 
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On July 21, 2014, the Army's project manager for electronic warfare announced the office is seeking industry feedback on RF (radio frequency) Interference Mitigation (RIM) solutions for future requirements in support of electronic warfare and blue force communications system compatibility.

 
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In a July 9, 2014, request for information, the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground seeks "to identify potential sources for the research, development, and implementation of the software framework and infrastructure for the (software modules, interfaces, data repositories, etc.) necessary for establishing a Biometrically Enabled Intelligence System Integration Lab (BEI SIL); and to research and develop the methods and standards of integration of aforementioned biometric technologies to establish baseline processing capabilities; and ongoing Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) support leveraging the SILs capabilities."

 
07-24-2014
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The July 24, 2014, Defense Business Board report includes a series of recommendations put forward by a task force designed to find ways to enhance innovation by attracting and retaining the best of the private sector.

 
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The June 16, 2014, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission staff report discusses China's reported ballistic missile sale to Saudi Arabia.

 
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In a July 23, 2014, broad agency announcement, the Air Force Research Laboratory's munitions directorate seeks industry proposals to "study, model and assess" seeker subsystems capable of being integrated on a precision-guided High Speed Strike Weapon.

 
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On July 23, 2014, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on the situation in Iraq. Includes the opening statement of committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) as well as the prepared testimony of acting Principle Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Elissa Slotkin and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran Brett McGurk.

 
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On June 10, 2014, the Pentagon's operational test and evaluation office released a presentation on "realistic operational testing and system requirements."

 
07-23-2014
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On July 23, 2014, the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee held a hearing on "Adapting U.S. Missile Defense for Future Threats: Russia, China and Modernizing the NMD Act." Includes the opening statement of subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) as well as the prepared testimony of Phil Coyle, senior science fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation; Robert Joseph, former under secretary of state for arms control and international security; and James Woolsey, former director of central intelligence.

 
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In a July 22, 2014, letter to the congressional leadership, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asks lawmakers for an additional $225 million in U.S. funding for the Iron Dome program "to accelerate production of Iron Dome components in Israel in order to maintain adequate stockpiles."

 
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On June 11-12, 2014, the National Defense Industrial Association hosted a "Training And Simulation Industry Symposium" in Orlando, FL.

 
07-22-2014
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The July 22, 2014, Congressional Budget Office letter to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) "responds to a request that CBO analyze the historical and planned future budgets for the Missile Defense Agency's Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program."

 
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In a July 22, 2014, letter to President Obama, Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Mark Warner (D-VA) as well as Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Bill Keating (D-MA) urge the president to oppose the sale of French warships to Russia.