Sunday, November 23, 2014
Defense Plus
11-21-2014
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In late October the Marine Corps released a new ground combat vehicle strategy.

 
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The Army is conducting a market survey on potential technologies to be used for the Joint Biological Tactical Detection System, Increment 2.

 
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The Army published a "Finding of No Significant Impact" in October that found no significant environmental impacts, besides socioeconomic, would result from large base reductions brought on by sequestration-level budget cuts.

 
11-20-2014
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The Nov. 6, 2014, briefing slides outline Navy Expeditionary Combat Command's use of unmanned systems.

 
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The Nov. 6, 2014, briefing slides outline "emergent unmanned technologies for littoral undersea warfare."

 
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The Army's financial report covering fiscal year 2014.

 
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The GAO report reviews congressional options for the cost caps on the Navy's Ford Class aircraft carrier program.

 
11-19-2014
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On Nov. 5, 2014, Dyke Weatherington, principal director for space, strategic and intelligence systems within the Pentagon's acquisition office, gave a presentation on unmanned system challenges.

 
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The Nov. 6, 2014, briefing slides outline the Navy's efforts to use unmanned underwater systems in mine countermeasures missions.

 
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11-18-2014
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The November 2014 briefing slides outline the status of the Air Force's fleet of MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft.

 
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The Nov. 5, 2014, briefing slides outline the Navy's and Marine Corps' plans for unmanned aerial systems.

 
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On Nov. 5, 2014, Air Force Chief Technology Officer Jeffrey Eggers gave a presentation on the service's vision for an integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance enterprise.

 
11-17-2014
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The November 2014 document "details the Department of Defense strategy, status, and accomplishments toward achieving audit readiness on the Statement of Budgetary Resources (SBR) by September 30, 2014, and validating audit readiness of all financial statements by September 30, 2017.

 
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In a Nov. 14, 2014, request for information, Air Force Special Operations Command announces it is seeking "potential solutions grounded in the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facility-Policy (DOTMLPF-P) framework" for application to the Prioritized Gap List.

 
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In a Nov. 14, 2014, letter, a group of state governors calls on lawmakers to force the Army to halt a controversial aviation-reform initiative until outside experts have had a chance to weigh in.

 
11-16-2014
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On Nov. 16, 2014, the Pentagon released its new Defense Innovation Initiative Memorandum.

 
11-14-2014
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The June 2, 2014, report of an Independent Review Team "examined the nuclear deterrent mission in the Departments of the Navy and Air Force and sought to identify leadership, organization, investment, morale, policy, procedural, and/or other shortcomings that are adversely impacting the mission." Also includes a summary, fact sheets, the transcript of the DOD briefing and more.

 
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On Nov. 3, 2014, Naval Air Systems Command released a request for information for a sense-and-avoid radar solution for its MQ-4C Triton unmanned air system.

 
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On Nov. 5, 2014, the Army issued an updated presolicitation for the Mounted Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronics Warfare (CREW) System.

 
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The Nov. 12, 2014, Army request for information "provides an outline for the need of a Global Positioning System (GPS) Anti-Jam (AJ) Antenna System (AJAS) for Army platforms including ground vehicles such as High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), M1 Abrams, M2 Bradley, and IAV Stryker, as well as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)."

 
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On Nov. 12, 2014, the Army issued a request for information seeking interested contractors to work on a vehicle navigation system for Army platforms.

 
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The Nov. 7, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses whether the Defense Contract Audit Agency could be "held liable in tort to a federal contractor for alleged malpractice during an audit that helped deny the contractor reimbursement of costs later determined to be owed under the contract."

 
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The Nov. 7, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses presidential authority to use military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

 
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On Oct. 23, 2014, Rear Adm. David Johnson, program executive officer for submarines, gave a briefing at the Naval Submarine League's annual symposium in Falls Church, VA.

 
11-13-2014
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The Nov. 5, 2014, Air Force briefing slides outline the service's current and future remotely piloted aircraft operations.

 
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On Nov. 7, 2014, the Air Force released a performance work statement as part of a draft request for proposals for the fifth Operationally Responsive Space satellite launch, slated for 2017.

 
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On Nov. 12, 2014, U.S. and Chinese military officials agreed on a memorandum of understanding on notification of major military activities.

 
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On Nov. 12, 2014, U.S. and Chinese military officials agreed on a memorandum of understanding on the rules of behavior for the safety of air and maritime encounters.

 
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The March 1, 2014, document outlines Air Force Global Strike Command's 2014 Strategic Master Plan.

 
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The July 2014 report -- submitted to Congress on Sept. 14, 2014 -- describes steps the Navy is taking to minimize costs on the Virginia Payload Module as directed by the most recent defense appropriations act.

 
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On Nov. 13, 2014, the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Includes the opening statements of committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) as well as the prepared testimony of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

 
11-12-2014
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On Nov. 10, 2014, the Defense Information Systems Agency issued an updated request for information for the Mobile Device Manager and Mobile Application Store. also includes a questions-and-answers document.

 
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In a Nov. 7, 2014, request for information, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announces it is "interested in exploring the feasibility of small [unmanned aerial system] airborne launch and recovery approaches for providing distributed airborne capabilities from existing air platforms."

 
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On Nov. 12, 2014, Naval Sea Systems Command released the 2014 update to its Strategic Business Plan, adding cybersecurity as a mission priority.

 
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On Nov. 12, 2014, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work gave a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

 
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In a Nov. 10, 2014, request for information, the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory announced it was looking to industry for vehicles capable of being transported in military aircraft.

 
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On Nov. 12, 2014, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the fight against Ebola. Includes the opening statement of committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) as well as the prepared testimony of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Deputy Secretary of State for management and resources Heather Higginbottom, and Assitant Defense Secretary for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Michael Lumpkin.