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October 23, 2018

The Oct. 23, 2018 Congressional Budget Office report "analyzes how the Defense Department's (DOD's) funding for military conflicts has changed over time and how the separate budgetary treatment of that funding affects perceptions of DOD's spending and the anticipated costs of DOD's plans."
In a recently filed congressional response to a July "omnibus" reprogramming document, defense lawmakers approve the lion's share of the Pentagon's request to shift billions of dollars in existing funds toward new and emerging priorities.

October 22, 2018

The October 2018 document "details the U.S. Army's major weapon systems and equipment programs, as well as our Science and Technology initiatives." Army's 2018 weapon systems handbook (39MB)
The September 2019 Air Combat Command document "reemphasizes and further details ACC's three interdependent priorities: diligently pursue squadron readiness, build leaders, and bring the future faster."

October 18, 2018

The Oct. 18, 2018 Congressional Budget Office report "analyzes the Navy's fiscal year 2019 shipbuilding plan and estimates the costs of implementing it."
The Oct. 16, 2018 Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- "highlights selected personnel-related issues [in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act] that may generate high levels of congressional and constituent interest."

October 17, 2018

On Oct. 17, 2018 the Defense Department's Project Maven team and its new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center announced plans to hold an industry day the following Nov. 28 to discuss five key areas in AI for the military.
The Sept. 20, 2018 Defense Department document -- marked "pre-decisional/for official use only" -- proposes standing up a new Space Development Agency.
In an Oct. 17, 2018 request for information, Naval Sea Systems Command seeks input from industry on its proposed medium unmanned surface vehicle.
On Oct. 17, 2018, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would stop all military sales and aid to Saudi Arabia unless the State Department determines that the Saudi regime had nothing to do with Khashoggi's disappearance.
The Oct. 16, 2018 Office of Management and Budget memo calls on federal agencies and departments to send feedback on the Federal Data Strategy.

October 16, 2018

In an Oct. 9, 2018 memo to senior Pentagon officials, Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord increases oversight of developmental weapon programs for which the military seeks to use a new rapid prototyping authority granted by Congress.
The Oct. 10, 2018 memo signed by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney consists of a report on the enacted fiscal year 2019 minibus appropriations bill that includes defense spending legislation that contains "the 0MB and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates of discretionary new budget authority provided by the legislation and an explanation of any differences between the two estimates." 

October 15, 2018

The Oct. 14, 2018 memo "gives better granular details to the mission, functions and tasks for [the head of Naval Air Systems Command] to facilitate alignment to product-based requirements."
The Oct. 12, 2018 Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- states that "as a large defense program that involves issues of strategic and nuclear policy, as well as substantial expenditures, the B-21 is likely to be subject to significant congressional interest."
On Oct. 15, 2018 the chief executives of Harris and L3 Technologies briefed Wall Street analysts on the two companies' proposed merger.
On Oct. 10, 2018 the Defense Innovation Board held a meeting on Defense Department computer software practices. DIB Compute Environment DIB Detecting Agile BS DIB Do's and Don't of Software DIB Development Environment 2018

October 12, 2018

The Oct. 5, 2018 memo "[e]stablishes Department of the Navy (DON) policy to enable operational superiority in the Electromagnetic Battle Space (EMBS) by implementing an enterprise approach to all activities necessary for DON Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO)."

October 11, 2018

In a Sept. 28, 2018 memo marked "for official use only," the Navy imposes more rigorous cybersecurity requirements on contractors to protect programs and technologies it deems "critical" following an incident earlier this year in which Chinese hackers reportedly stole sensitive submarine warfare data from a Navy contractor.
The Oct. 7, 2018 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- finds that " the most recent 30-year aviation plan released in April 2018 is full of details on specific programs, including cancellations, life extensions, and new starts. Some are explicit; others, between the lines."