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September 23, 2020

The July 27, 2020 executive summary of a Defense Science Board report released the following September "completed an extensive technical review of the full spectrum of national capabilities needed to manage escalation and deter adversary aggression."
On Sept. 23, 2020 the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on "The Role of Allies and Partners in U.S. Military Strategy and Operations." Includes the prepared testimony of Elbridge Colby from the Marathon Initiative, retired Army Lt. Gen.
The Sept. 23, 2020 Government Accountability Office report raises concerns about the National Nuclear Security Administration's W87-1 program.
On Sept. 21, 2020 the Army released answers to industry questions related to the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle draft request for proposals.

September 22, 2020

The Sept. 17, 2020 Defense Department directive "establishes policy and assigns responsibility for enterprise wide biosurveillance coordination to enhance force health and warfighter readiness through more integrated, accountable, efficient, and effective biosurveillance activities."
In September 2020, the Space Force and NASA signed a memorandum of understanding reaffirming their partnership and committing to continued collaboration in space launch, operations and research. 

September 21, 2020

On Sept. 21, 2020 House lawmakers introduced the fiscal year 2021 continuing resolution as well as a summary of the legislation. Also includes a Congressional Budget Office cost estimate.
In a Sept. 18, 2020 request for information, the Defense Department asks for responses on "innovative solutions and alternative approaches to enable [dynamic spectrum sharing] within the department's currently allocated spectrum with the goal of accelerating spectrum-sharing decisions and 5G deployment."
On Aug. 6, 2020 the Navy issued the charter for its Defense Industrial Base Executive Steering Committee.

September 18, 2020

The Sept. 17, 2020 Congressional Research Service report discusses issues for lawmakers regarding the Navy's force structure and shipbuilding plans.
On Sept. 18, 2020 the Army issued a revision to the draft Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle request for proposals that deletes paragraph A.3.1, "Interested Government Offeror," in its entirety.
In an Aug. 27, 2020 reprogramming action, acting Pentagon Comptroller Thomas Harker approves the transfer of more than $1.3 billion in funds appropriated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act "to other applicable appropriations of the Department of Defense . . . and transfers back funds that are not necessary for purposes previously transferred."

September 17, 2020

The Sept. 15, 2020 Defense Department instruction "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for DOD vulnerability management and response to vulnerabilities identified in all software, firmware, and hardware within the DOD information network (DODIN)."
Defense Secretary Mark Esper, in a Sept. 11, 2020 letter to the House and Senate Armed Services committees, said he had "strong concerns" with provisions in the House's fiscal year 2021 defense authorization and appropriations bills that, in his view, put the Pentagon nuclear modernization program at "unacceptable risk."
In a Sept. 15, 2020 letter to the House and Senate Armed Services committees, Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord noted the energy and water spending bill does not fund the W93 nuclear warhead program.
On Sept. 17, 2020 the House Armed Services intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee held a hearing on the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's recommendations. Includes the joint testimony of commission Chairman Eric Schmidt, Vice Chairman Robert Work and commissioners Mignon Clyburn and José-Marie Griffiths.
On Sept. 17, 2020 the House Armed Services intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee held a hearing on the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's recommendations. Includes the joint testimony of commission Chairman Eric Schmidt, Vice Chairman Robert Work and commissioners Mignon Clyburn and José-Marie Griffiths.
On Sept. 17, 2020 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the National Nuclear Security Administration. Includes the prepared testimony of NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord, and U.S. Strategic Command chief Adm. Charles Richard.
The July 13, 2020 Defense Department inspector general's report details an investigation into "a complaint referred from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) containing allegations against Mr. John H. James, who at that time was MDA Executive Director."

September 16, 2020

In a Sept. 14, 2020 letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the White House Office of Management and Budget lists its concerns over the committee's fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

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