Friday, July 25, 2014
Defense Plus
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.

 
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The July 15, 2014, Congressional Research Service "Insights" memo, originally obtained by Secrecy News, discusses the "possible authorities" for the U.S. use of force in Iraq in the wake of the gains made by militants aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

 
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The July 16, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- "provides a brief synopsis of sections [of the House version of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill] that pertain to personnel policy."

 
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07-21-2014
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The July 18, 2014, Defense Department instruction "updates the policy and responsibilities for assessing defense industrial capabilities. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that the industrial capabilities needed to meet current and future national security requirements are available and affordable."

 
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The July 17, 2014, Defense Department inspector general's report "identified numerous innovative approaches for conducting fraud risk assessments."

 
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In a July 8, 2014, request for information, the Missile Defense Agency announces it is "conducting market research in broad areas associated with Modeling and Simulation (M&S) to assist the Agency in better understanding potential strategic M&S technical alternatives and capabilities that Industry, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) or other Federal Agencies might provide."

 
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The July 18, 2014, White House memo provides guidance on how to include fundinf for countering biological threats and promoting the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in the fiscal year 2016 budget request.

 
07-18-2014
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In a July 15, 2014, source-sought synopsis, the Marine Corps announces it is looking to assess industry solutions for the multibillion-dollar Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar program's transmit-and-receive module components, seeking the design, engineering development, fabrication, and testing of gallium nitride-based module components.

 
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The July 2014 documents outline the Defense Department's time line for submitting fiscal year 2016 legislative proposals.

 
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On July 15, 2014, The Air Force released a performance work statement attached to a request for proposals for a competitive Evolved Expendable Launch-vehicle class mission.

 
07-17-2014
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On July 17, 2014, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved via voice vote its draft version of the fiscal year 2015 defense spending bill and accompanying report.

 
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In a July 10, 2014, letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) chief John Sopko writes that a recent analysis of flight data from the two Afghan C-130s currently in Afghanistan found the aircraft are underutilized and that there are also support problems relating to training, spare parts and maintenance.

 
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On July 17, 2014, the House Budget Committee held a hearing on the Defense Department's fiscal year 2014 overseas contingency operations request. Includes the opening statement of committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as well as the prepared testimony of Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James Winnefeld and Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom.

 
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The July 17, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that a February 2014 Defense Department report to Congress "provides limited insight on improvements to homeland missile defense and acquisition plans."

 
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On July 17, 2014, the full Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the fiscal year 2015 defense spending bill. Includes the opening statement of committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) as well as a committee summary of the legislation and a "Manager's Package" of amendments.

 
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On Jan. 17, 2014, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford to become the service's next commandant.

 
07-16-2014
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On July 16, 2014, the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee held a hearing on the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program. Includes the opening statement of subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-VA) and a subcommittee memo previewing the hearing, as well as the prepared testimony of Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, principal military deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition; Mark Andress, assistant deputy chief of naval operations (N2/N6); Brig. Gen. Joseph Guastella, deputy director of requirements for the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Robert Martinage, former Navy deputy under secretary; Ron O'Rourke from the Congressional Research Service; Shawn Brimley, executive vice president and director of studies for the Center for a New American Security; and Bryan McGrath, managing director of Ferrybridge Group LLC.

 
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On Jan. 16, 2014, the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 overseas contingency operations funding request. 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 Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Adm. James Winnefeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work.

 
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On July 11, 2014, the Air Force released a map detailing headquarters staffing reductions.

 
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The July 11, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses the Navy's fiscal year 2015 30-year shipbuilding plan delivered to Congress on July 1, 2014.

 
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The July 14, 2014, Congressional Research Service "Insights" memo -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- finds that the Obama administration's Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund proposal "raises many questions regarding counterterrorism strategy, roles, responsibilities, authorities and congressional oversight."

 
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In a July 15, 2014, letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, members of the Virginia congressional delegation pointed to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, VA, home to Air Combat Command (ACC), as their preferred site for a new division within Air Force Material Command to oversee installation and mission support activities.

 
07-15-2014
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On July 15, 2014, the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee marked up the fiscal year 2015 military spending bill and released a summary of the legislation.

 
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On April 16, 2014, the Defense Department submitted its December 2013 Selected Acquisition Reports to Congress.

 
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On July 14, 2014, the program office overseeing the Air Force's multibillion-dollar Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort notified industry of its intention to move to a risk-reduction phase by the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

 
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On July 15, 2014, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the industry teaming arrangements for Phase 1 of its new XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane program.

 
07-14-2014
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In a July 14, 2014, report, the Government Accountability Office states that the services' and U.S. Special Operations Command's helicopter crash survival training systems are somewhat similar and they used "approximately approximately 40 percent of their available training spots" during fiscal year 2013.

 
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In a July 14, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Department had "made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel for AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $544 million."

 
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In a July 3, 2014, reprogramming notice, Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord authorizes the transfer of $2 million to pay for the survey of areas in the Atlantic Ocean where the Navy conducts underwater sonar operations and their impact on marine mammal life.

 
07-11-2014
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On July 10, 2014, Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord submitted the Defense Department's fiscal year 2014 omnibus reprogramming request to Congress.