Friday, December 19, 2014
Defense Plus
12-18-2014
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The Dec. 15, 2014, memo signed by acting Pentagon Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen follows in the footsteps of a document released in October that allowed the military services to directly acquire cloud services.

 
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The Dec. 18, 2014, briefing slides, marked "acquisition sensitive -- for official use only," state that the Defense Department's Enterprise Software Initiative, which is charged with establishing and managing commercial-off-the-shelf information technology, has already looked into Amazon Web Services as a potential cloud service option for DOD components and is continuing to explore other options.

 
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The April 14, 2014, Defense Department inspector general's report -- redacted and obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request -- discusses the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization's improper gathering of intelligence on U.S. companies and citizens.

 
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On Dec. 10, 2014, the Government Accountability Office's comptroller general partially upheld CGI Federal's protest and denied DRS Laurel Technologies' protest of a Navy Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services contract award.

 
12-17-2014
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The Dec. 15, 2014, Air Force statement of work outlines the service's search for planning and logistics support in its effort to sustain and modernize the test and training complex at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida as well as mitigate and prevent current and future internal and external encroachment issues.

 
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On Dec. 2-5, 2014, the Air Force held an industry day on its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort.

 
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On Dec. 16, 2014, the Air Force released an industry update on its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort.

 
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The Dec. 16, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that a "risk assessment [is] needed to identify if foreign encroachment threatens test and training ranges."

 
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On Dec. 17, 2014, the Commerce Department's Industry and Security Bureau announced it was "amending the microprocessor military end-use and end-user control in the Export Administration Regulations by expanding the scope of microprocessors subject to the restriction to harmonize with technological advances to microprocessor chips and expand the scope to include related software and technology for the development and production of these chips."

 
12-16-2014
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In late October 2014, the Pentagon, White House Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department issued an annual, end-of-fiscal-year spending analysis titled the "FY 2014 4th Quarter Unobligated Balances in Unexpired Accounts for Executive Branch Agencies Reported on SF 133s."

 
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On Dec. 12, 2014, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced it plans to hold a proposers' day on Jan. 6, 2015, to inform industry about the agency's efforts to enable fast, small unmanned drones to fly autonomously "through complex, cluttered environments."

 
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In a Dec. 11, 2014, letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko expresses his "concerns about the safety of a natural gas pipeline in northern Afghanistan which the Department of Defense (DOD) has helped to repair."

 
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In a Dec. 10, 2014, letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko asks for information about the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations.

 
12-15-2014
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The Dec, 15, 2015, Congressional Budget Office report finds that "the Navy's 2015 shipbuilding plan is very similar, but not identical, to its 2014 plan with respect to the Navy's total inventory goal for battle force ships, the number and types of ships the Navy would purchase, and the proposed funding to implement the plans."

 
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In a Dec. 12, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department had "made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for AIM-120C7 AMRAAM missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $33 million."

 
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In a Dec. 11, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department had "made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece for CH-47D Chinook helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $150 million."

 
12-12-2014
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In a Dec. 10, 2014, memo to Navy leadership, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approves a plan "to procure a small surface combatant (SSC) based on an upgraded Flight 0+" Littoral Combat Ship

 
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On Dec. 2, 2014, the Army released a request for information seeking industry input on Multi-Intelligence Algorithms.

 
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On Dec. 12, 2014, the Army issued its final request for proposals for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program.

 
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The Dec. 12, 2014, Government Accountability Office report gives the Missile Defense Agency a pat on the back for "improving its cost-estimating practices."

 
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On Nov. 17-19, 2014, the National Defense Industrial Association hosted the annual Expeditionary Warfare Conference in Norfolk, VA.

 
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The Oct. 17, 2014, instruction specifies "policy, procedures and responsibilities for Navy forces that report readiness."

 
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In a Nov. 10, 2014, reprogramming request, Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord asks congressional permission to shift $225 million from various accounts to pay for the training and equipping of moderate Syrian opposition members, of which the House Appropriations Committee subsequently denied $4.5 million.

 
12-11-2014
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In a Dec. 11, 2014, memo, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work calls on the Pentagon to begin a major effort to "reset" its planning, programming, budgeting and execution process by fiscal year 2017 that would enable "better, more defensible budget submissions to Congress."

 
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On Dec. 11, 2014, the House Rules Committee released the explanatory statement that accompanies the fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill.

 
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The Sept. 23, 2014, report "provides the Air Force's plan to replace, modernize, or re-host current Compass Call capabilities, and identified steps being taken to fulfill combatant commander requirements, or identify where there will be deficiencies in meeting those requirements."

 
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The Sept. 25, 2014, report outlines the Air Force's UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement strategy.

 
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On Dec. 11, 2014, the Air Force issued an RFI for the B-2 WGS effort.

 
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The Dec. 10, 2014, Defense Department inspector general's report "reviewed inventory management practices on the Department of the Army's T700 Technical, Engineering, and Logistical Services and Supplies contract."

 
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On Dec. 11, 2014, the Navy released a fact sheet outlining the changes that would be made to produce a new Small Surface Combatant to succeed the Littoral Combat Ship.

 
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On Dec. 11, 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement on the redesign of the Littoral Combat Ship into a new small surface combatant.

 
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The Dec. 11, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department "exceeded its identified limit on contract services by $1.72 billion in 2012 and spent $500 million less than the limit in 2013."

 
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The Dec. 11, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department's "Section 1042 report addresses or partially addresses the required elements; however, DOD did not include additional detail, including certain information on costs and verification and transparency measures, which would more fully inform congressional decision-makers on the department's plan for implementing New START."

 
12-10-2014
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On Dec. 9, 2014, House and Senate appropriators agreed on the fiscal year 2015 omnibus spending bill.

 
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The Dec. 5, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- states that figuring out the right mix of AC and RC forces within the Army "is complex, with many factors affecting the process."

 
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On Dec. 10, 2014, the to Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released its "High-Risk List" aimed at calling attention to program areas and elements of the U.S.-funded reconstruction effort in Afghanistan that are especially vulnerable to significant waste, fraud and abuse.

 
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In a Nov. 12, 2014, memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall calls for a Defense Science Board study on the cyber supply chain.

 
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In a Nov. 12, 2014, memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall calls for a Defense Science Board study on "deterring, preventing, and responding to the threat or use of weapons of mass destruction."

 
12-09-2014
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In a Dec. 1, 2014, memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall calls for a Defense Science Board study on "defense strategies for ensuring the resilience of national space capabilities."

 
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In a Dec. 1, 2014, memo, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall calls for a Defense Science Board study on military satellite communications and tactical networking.