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January 26, 2021

In a Jan. 25, 2021 broad agency announcement, the Space Development Agency seeks industry input on future architecture concepts and technologies to support the National Space Defense Architecture.
In a Jan. 25, 2021 memo, the Defense Department inspector general's office announces plans "to determine the extent to which U.S. Special Operations Command developed and implemented supply chain risk management procedures in accordance with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and Department of Defense policy to identify, assess, and mitigate risk during the acquisition and development of USSOCOM specialized equipment."
In a Jan. 25, 2021 memo, the Defense Department inspector general's office announces plans "to determine the extent to which U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command developed and implemented programs in accordance with DOD Law of War requirements to reduce potential law of war violations when conducting operations."
In a Jan. 22, 2021 report, the Defense Department inspector general's office "determine[d] whether testing conducted on the Aircraft Monitor and Control (AMAC) system for DOD nuclear weapon-capable delivery aircraft met the DOD and the Department of Energy (DOE) AMAC nuclear certification requirements."
In a Jan. 21, 2021 report, the Defense Department inspector general's office "determine[d] whether the actions taken by DOD contracting officers on questioned direct costs reported by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) complied with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), DoD Instructions, and agency policy."
On Jan. 21, 2021, the Defense Department inspector general's office reannounces an Aug. 30, 2018 audit of DOD's "use of cybersecurity reciprocity within the risk management framework process . . . because the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic resulted in suspension of the project to realign priorities and resources. Therefore, our previously collected information may be outdated. We plan to conduct additional fieldwork to ensure the accuracy and sufficiency of previously obtained information."
In a Jan. 19, 2021 memo, the Defense Department inspector general's office announces plans to "determine whether the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) appropriately allocated funds to validated requirements for the Maritime Precision Engagement program according to DOD and USSOCOM acquisition policy."

January 25, 2021

The January 2021 draft report issued by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence "outlines what the United States must do to defend against the spectrum of AI-related threats from state and non-state actors, and recommends how the U.S. government can responsibly use AI technologies to protect the American people and our interests."
The Jan. 7, 2021 memo signed by acting Defense Department comptroller Thomas Harker "provides guidance on how to apply reductions to congressionally directed spending items in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2021 (Division C of Public Law 116-260), which includes a general provision (GP) that gives statutory effect to certain tabular entries in the explanatory statement accompanying the Act, as well as several GPs that earmark a portion of an appropriation for a specific purpose."

January 22, 2021

The Jan. 22, 2021 Defense Department instruction "establish[es] policy, assign[s] responsibilities, and provide[s] procedures for screening the Ready Reserve and assessing the availability of units and personnel for different mobilizations."
The Jan. 15, 2021 Navy memo "details the implementation of Development, Security, and Operations (DevSecOps/DSO) in pursuit of modern software development and delivery, which is critical to accelerating capability to the fleet and improving the security of our information."
On Jan. 22, 2021 Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued his first message to the Defense Department.
The Jan. 15, 2021 Defense Department instruction "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction for the DOD STARBASE Program," which is meant to "raise the interest and improve the knowledge and skills of youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by exposing them to the technological environment and positive role models found on military bases and installations."

January 21, 2021

The January 2021 government document obtained by Inside Defense shows about 60% of the $3.6 billion in military construction funds directed toward the wall has not yet been obligated.
In a Jan. 20, 2021 executive order, President Biden rolls back the emergency declaration former President Trump used to redirect Defense Department funds to the southern border wall without the consent of Congress.

January 20, 2021

On Jan. 20, 2021 the Pentagon released its succession plan, naming officials who will temporarily serve in senior positions.
The Jan. 15, 2021 presidential directive "establishes implementation actions and guidance for United States space-based positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) programs and activities for United States national and homeland security, civil, commercial, and scientific purposes."
In a Jan. 18, 2021 executive order, President Trump calls for preventing "the use of taxpayer dollars to procure [unmanned aerial systems] that present unacceptable risks and are manufactured by, or contain software or critical electronic components from, foreign adversaries, and to encourage the use of domestically produced UAS."
The Pentagon today released its succession plan, naming officials who will temporarily serve in senior positions.
The Jan. 11, 2021 reprogramming action shifts $10.8 million among various Navy accounts originally appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

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