Thursday, September 18, 2014
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09-18-2014
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On Sept. 18, 2014, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper unveiled the 2014 National Intelligence Strategy -- the blueprint that will drive the priorities for the nation's 17 Intelligence Community components over the next four years.

 
09-17-2014
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The declassified and partially redacted 2014 Senate Armed Services Committee report looks at how much U.S. Transportation Command knew regarding intrusions into the command's cyber networks.

 
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The Sept. 17, 2014, Defense Department inspector general's report evaluates the "sufficiency" of DOD's "mission assurance policies and procedures used in the acquisition of spacecraft and strategic systems."

 
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On Sept. 17, 2014, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on defeating ISIS. Includes the prepared testimony of Secretary of State John Kerry as well as Robert Ford, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute and Ben Connable, a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corp.

 
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In a Sept. 17, 2014, letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), retired Ambs. Ryan Crocker and Robert Ford as well as retired Army Gens. Jack Keane and David Petraeus express their support for McKeon's amendment that would help train and equip Syrian rebels.

 
09-16-2014
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On Sept. 16, 2014, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on Iraq, Syria and ISIL. Includes the opening statements of committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) as well as the prepared testimony of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

 
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The Aug. 31, 2013 document "provides instructions for the application of the Framework procedures, templates, and definitions to aid interagency planners in improving unity of effort for complex problems that require coordination of effort across agencies and departments."

 
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On Sept. 16, 2014, Gen. Philip Breedlove, head of U.S. European Command, held a briefing at the Pentagon.

 
09-15-2014
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On Sept. 15, 2014, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) submitted an amendment to the fiscal year 2014 continuing resolution that would authorize the training and equipping of Syrian opposition members.

 
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The Sept. 12, 2014, Defense Department inspector general's report concludes that the Missile Defense Agency negotiated a billion-dollar Ground-based Midcourse Defense program contract with Boeing without considering the results of a Pentagon audit.

 
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In a Sept. 9, 2014, statement, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Brazil for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $145 million."

 
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On Sept. 12, 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby discussed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's upcoming week, the situation in the Middle East and other topics.

 
09-12-2014
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The Sept. 8, 2014, draft Army Training and Doctrine Command pamphlet "describes the future operational environment and how the Army will maneuver and employ capabilities, as part of globally integrated operations, to accomplish campaign objectives across the range of military operations."

 
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In an Aug. 25, 2014, letter, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall informs the Senate Armed Services Committee that a Defense Department report on the potential of using U.S.-made helicopters for Afghan Security Forces will be delayed until January 2015.

 
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In an Aug. 4, 2014, letter, Army Secretary John McHugh tells Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) how some segments of the Army may have been operating with "de facto" caps on its civilian workforce due to budgetary pressures like sequestration, possibly putting the service in violation of Title 10.

 
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In an Aug. 5, 2014, reprogramming request, Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord asks for congressional approval to shift $45.2 million to help several African nations fight the Boko Haram terrorist group as well as help Ukraine defend itself from pro-Russian separatists.

 
09-11-2014
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In a Sept. 8, 2014, reprogramming request signed by Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord, the Defense Department seeks congressional approval to shift $1.9 billion from overseas contingency operations funds to pay for various programs, including attack helicopters, combat aircraft, munitions and special operations forces.

 
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The July 2014 Air Force Research Laboratory strategic plan describes the mission of AFRL and highlights the functions of its research directorates.

 
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The unclassified executive summary -- marked "for official use only" -- of a July 2014 report by an Office of the Secretary of Defense-led review team finds that software delays will not likely impact near-term F-35 Joint Strike Fighter initial operational capability targets, but projected schedule slips do present a risk to later program milestones.

 
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On Aug. 21, 2014, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center hosted an industry day with NASA, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to update industry on its research and plans for expanding the use of solar electric propulsion across space systems.

 
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In a Sept. 11, 2014, broad agency announcement, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency calls for "innovative research proposals in the area of mathematical systems of representation and analysis as applied to complex phenomena."

 
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In early September 2014, the Congressional Research Service issued several reports on using military force against the Islamic State. The reports were originally obtained by Secrecy News.

 
09-10-2014
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The Aug. 20, 2014, Defense Department instruction outlines "DOD policy for oversight of independent research and development."

 
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In a Sept. 4, 2014, request for information, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency calls for "information on the current state of the art and emerging technology or capabilities for the potential development of GPS-free precision navigation and homing technology."

 
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On Sept. 9, 2014, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) introduced a short-term continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 and continue funding through Dec. 11, 2014.

 
09-09-2014
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The Sept. 9, 2014, Government Accountability Office report assesses the Defense Department's "implementation of justifications for 8(a) sole-source contracts."

 
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The Sept. 9, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds the Defense Department "needs to update general and flag officer requirements and improve availability of associated costs."

 
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The Sept. 9, 2014, Defense Department inspector general's report assesses "whether the Military Sealift Command (MSC) effectively managed the quantities of spare parts in inventory and procured the spare parts at fair and reasonable prices for the large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) ships in the Sealift Program."

 
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The Aug. 28, 2014, regulation "implements roles and responsibilities on the establishment of an Army Geospatial Enterprise. It revises and updates the geospatial information and services organizational structures, responsibilities, and capabilities, to include requesting National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency products; disposing of materials; and peacetime geospatial support."

 
09-08-2014
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The Sept. 2, 2014, memo signed by Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall authorizes "the coding of Intl Acq Specialty positions in any functional areas."

 
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The Sept. 8, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department's report to Congress on U.S. special operations forces "generally addressed the statutory requirements but lacks detail."

 
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The Sept. 8, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department "needs to improve its efforts to identify unutilized and underutilized facilities."

 
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The Aug. 28, 2014, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses the "1033 Program," named for the section of the fiscal year 1997 Defense Authorization Act "that granted permanent authority to the Secretary of Defense to transfer defense material to federal and state agencies for use in law enforcement, particularly those associated with counter-drug and counter-terrorism activities."

 
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On Sept. 8, 2014, the Defense Department inspector general's office released a "quality assurance assessment" of the Missile Defense Agency's Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.

 
09-05-2014
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The undated briefing slides outline U.S. Central Command's science and technology development plans for 2014.

 
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The Dec. 4, 2013, document "is the overarching enterprise guidance for transforming the cyberspace workforce of military (active/reserve) and civilian personnel and includes approaches to recruit, train and retain staff in a competitive national environment."

 
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On Aug. 19, 2014, the Reserve Forces Policy Board submitted a report to the defense secretary on the use of the National Guard and Reserve in the cyber mission force.

 
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In an Aug. 27, 2014, broad agency announcement, the Office of Naval Research seeks proposals for an Expeditionary Warfare Data Focused Naval Tactical Cloud (EXWNTC), which will provide "innovative and novel" big-data capabilities to improve amphibious warfighting activities.

 
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On Sept. 3, 2014, the Army released a draft request for proposals for the Radiation Detection System.

 
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The partially redacted May 21, 2014, justification and approval documents clear the way for Common Infrared Countermeasures system contracts to be awarded to Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.