Saturday, April 19, 2014
Defense Plus
04-18-2014
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The March 6, 2014, general order signed by Army Secretary John McHugh designates Army Cyber Command as an Army Force component headquarters.

 
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The undated briefing slides outline a February 2014 Army Field Manual on Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA).

 
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In an April 3, 2014, request for information, the Army announces it "is conducting a market survey to understand industry interest in providing missile interceptors and associated software capable of being integrated with" the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 - Intercept Multi-Mission Launcher.

 
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In an April 3, 2014, request for information, the Army announces it is "conducting a market survey to understand industry interest in supporting the development, integration, and testing of the Multi-Mission Launcher (MML) in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) and/or the Production phases of the program."

 
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The undated Pentagon briefing, used on Capitol Hill in April, 2014, makes a case for shrinking the size of the Army and supports the service's controversial aviation restructure initiative.

 
04-17-2014
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On April 17, 2014, the Defense Department released "details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes since the December 2012 reporting period. This information is based on the Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) submitted to the Congress for the December 2013 reporting period."

 
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The March 21, 2014, Air Force report to Congress describes the service's thinking on the sustainment or replacement of the Blue Devil intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system, which stopped operating at the end of 2013.

 
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The April 16, 2014, Defense Department directive "establishes policy and guidance and assigns responsibilities for energy planning, use, and management for the DOD."

 
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In an April 15, 2014, request for information, the Air Force announces it is seeking launch service providers for its fifth Operationally Responsive Space mission -- the centerpiece of which will be a small satellite designed to supplement the service's space-based observation capability.

 
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The redacted April 14, 2014, Defense Department inspector general's report assesses "contractor personnel security clearance processes in the four defense intelligence agencies."

 
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On April 17, 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak held a joint briefing at the Pentagon.

 
04-16-2014
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The March 11, 2014, report states the Defense Department intends to evolve its business enterprise architecture, which includes the Pentagon's business transformation priorities and the capabilities needed to support them.

 
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The March 26, 2014, document "provides an update to the Top Technical Issues" of the Marine Corps' program executive officer for land systems. It also "includes the addition of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1 Increment 1 (ACV 1.1) and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Family of Vehicles (FoV) to the PEO LS Portfolio."

 
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On April 9, 2014, the Air Force released a new set of draft bidding documents for a competition to sustain two fleets of VIP airlift aircraft -- the C-32 and C-40.

 
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The April 4, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses background and issues for lawmakers regarding the Defense Department's "Section 1206" security assistance program.

 
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The April 16, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Army still faces "challenges in estimating costs and assessing capability" regarding the service's annual modular force structure analysis.

 
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The April 16, 2014, Government Accountability Office report looks at the Defense Department's "use of class justifications for sole-source contracts."

 
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The April 7, 2014, Army regulation "assigns responsibilities and prescribes policies for developing plans to protect critical program information (CPI), conducting supply-chain risk management (SCRM), and performing damaging assessment activities resulting from a compromise of unclassified program information."

 
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The March 27, 2014, Defense Department instruction "establishes DOD policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the international transfer of dual-use and defense-related technology, articles, and services, and directs the use of a DOD automated export license system."

 
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The March 26, 2014, Defense Department directive updates "EW policy, definitions, and responsibilities within the DOD for providing operational forces with EW capabilities to control the electromagnetic operational environment (EMOE) across the range of military operations."

 
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On April 11, 2014, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced the State Department had "made a determination approving a possible foreign military sale to Germany for P-3C aircraft upgrades and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $250 million."

 
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On April 7, 2014, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced the State Department had "made a determination approving a possible foreign military sale to Korea for AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $98 million."

 
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In a May 1, 2013, broad agency announcement, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency solicits "innovative research and development (R&D) proposals to create electromagnetic interface arrays capable of being fielded at timescales paced by rapidly advancing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic components."

 
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The May 1, 2013, unclassified document summarizes a classified Defense Department analysis which "examined the capabilities of DOD's airlift, sealift, aerial refueling and prepositioned equipment programs, as funded in the FY13 President's Budget and Future Years Defense Plan for FY13-17."

 
04-15-2014
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On April 15, 2014, the Pentagon released a report "that documents the damaging cuts to military forces, modernization, and readiness that will be required if defense budgets are held at sequester-levels in the years beyond fiscal 2015."

 
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On April 15, 2014, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn gave a presentation at the GEOINT 2013 conference in Tampa, FL.

 
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On April 15, 2014, the Missile Defense Agency released answers to questions regarding its proposed new Long Range Discrimination Radar.

 
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The February 2014 Defense Intelligence Agency brochure "outlines the strategic initiatives underway at DIA that are driving the way forward."

 
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The December 2013 document is a framework by which Defense Intelligence Agency leaders hope to draw out-of-the-box thinking from their analysts.

 
04-14-2014
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The April 8, 2014, briefing slides presented at the Navy League's annual symposium outline the status of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System.

 
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The April 8, 2014, briefing slides presented at the Navy League's annual symposium outline the status of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system.

 
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The April 8, 2014, briefing slides presented at the Navy League's annual symposium outline the status of the Fire Scout unmanned aerial system.

 
04-11-2014
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The undated chart outlines the National Guard Bureau's counter-proposal to the Army's aviation restructure, which proposes keeping some Apaches in the reserve component, and provides more detail on how the Guard would obtain Apaches and what the potential costs would be.

 
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The April 11, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department "met the presidentially announced time frame to deploy initial ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities in Europe under the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) but did not fully identify and plan to resolve implementation issues before deployment."

 
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The April 8, 2014, Defense Department inspector general's report determines that the Army's Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) Directorate approved three financial statement assertions despite known deficiencies.

 
04-10-2014
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The March 28, 2014, document Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center assessment states the Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System program is on track to achieve effectiveness and suitability goals.

 
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On April 4, 2014, the Air Force announced it would host an industry day to share its developing strategy for logistics system modernization and recapitalization with interested contractors.

 
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The April 10, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that "it is too early to determine whether the ACV acquisition will follow acquisition best practices."

 
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The April 10, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Navy "continued to make progress in the past year toward (1) establishing a knowledge-based program that generally aligned with acquisition best practices and (2) meeting corresponding statutory certification requirements for entering the Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition process in the engineering and manufacturing development phase."

 
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The April 10, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that "actions [are] needed to strengthen [the] management of unmanned aerial system pilots."