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June 26, 2017

In a June 26, 2017, letter to GOP leadership, senior Senate Democrats remind Republicans that any fiscal year 2018 defense spending bill will require bipartisan support.
In a June 26, 2017, letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) writes he will not clear military equipment sales to Gulf Cooperation Council states without a better understanding of how to reunify the countries.
The June 2017 report by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center looks at the cruise and ballistic missile development efforts of potential U.S. adversaries.

June 25, 2017

On June 25, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee released the defense subcommittee's draft fiscal year 2018 military spending bill. Includes the bill text as well as a committee summary.

June 23, 2017

On June 23, 2017, Inside Defense obtained a copy of the House Armed Services Committee chairman's mark of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill.
The June 23, 2017, Government Accountability Office report concludes that the Pentagon may be falling behind on fulfilling a mandate from the latest defense policy law to find organizational and management efficiencies across the Defense Department.
In a June 22, 2017, letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) request that Mattis investigate allegations reported by the Associated Press that hundreds of prisoners detained in the effort to counter Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have been tortured at the hands of Emirati and Yemeni forces.
On June 5, 2017, the Government Accountability Office denied a bid protest filed by Glock Inc. over the contract award for the Army's next sidearm. The decision was under a protective order and publicly released June 23, 2017.
The June 16, 2017, updated Army regulation "adds requirements for affordability analysis and investment constraints."
The June 14, 2017, updated Army regulation "adds [a] requirement for capability of exchange of information at all levels of classification to include Special Access Programs and Alternative Compensatory Control Measures."
The June 5, 2017, updated Army regulation "includes information for planning, establishing, and operating communications networks utilizing satellites."
The June 23, 2017, Government Accountability Office report finds that "U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) does not fully account for contractor personnel in a steady-state, or peacetime, environment and lacks a process to vet foreign vendors."
In a June 22, 2017, letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the Professional Services Council notes several concerns it has with Mulvaney's June 15 memo, "Reducing Burden for Federal Agencies by Rescinding and Modifying OMB Memoranda."

June 22, 2017

On June 22, 2017, House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee members submitted amendments to that panel's portion of the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization bill.
The June 22, 2017, Government Accountability Office report recommends the Army "comprehensively assess its requirements workforce."
The June 22, 2017, Government Accountability Office report recommends the Army "develop metrics to determine whether its contracts are meeting schedule, cost, and performance goals; and that it assess the impact of its frequent organizational changes (such as centralizing decision-making) on contracting operations."
On June 22, 2017, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) and 22 other Democrats on the committee introduced the "Fostering Unity Against Russian Aggression Act of 2017." Includes a committee statement, a bill summary and the bill text.

June 21, 2017

In a May 10, 2017, memo, acting Pentagon acquisition chief James MacStravic calls for a Defense Science Board study to "investigate opportunities to introduce the application of advanced science and technology to enable effective [counter-intelligence] initiatives to deter, detect, monitor, and enforce the protection of national security information."
On June 21, 2017, the Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee held a hearing on Navy shipbuilding programs. Includes the joint prepared testimony of Allison Stiller, performing the duties of the Navy acquisition chief; Vice Adm. William Lescher, deputy chief of naval operations for integration of capabilities and resources (N8); and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
The June 20, 2017, Government Accountability Office report recommends the military services "collect and provide [the Defense Department] complete and accurate data on all alternatively financed energy projects and that DOD update its guidance to clarify requirements for verifying [utility energy service contract] savings."