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August 26, 2017

The purpose of the Aug. 10, 2017, Navy instruction is to "establish policy and governance for all Navy high-risk training."

August 18, 2017

On Aug. 2, 2017, the Navy issued a solicitation to charter a heavy-lift ship capable of transporting the damaged destroyer Fitzgerald (DDG-62) from Japan to the United States.
On Aug. 18, 2017, the the White House Office of Management and Budget submitted a sequestration update report to Congress that describes the spending cuts to defense and other areas that would be needed if congressional appropriations bills currently under consideration are passed into law.
On Aug. 18, 2017, President Trump ordered the elevation of U.S. Cyber Command to a unified combatant command. -------------------------------------------------------- THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2017 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SUBJECT:       Elevation of U.S. Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command
On Aug. 4, 2017, the Navy issued an update to its June 18, 2017, solicitation for the High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) -- formally known as SNLWS Increment 1) -- Development and Production Options.
The August 2017 draft environmental assessment describes the Navy's proposed transitioning of F/A-18A/C/D Hornets based at Oceana Naval Air Station to F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

August 17, 2017

The Aug. 11, 2017, Navy report concludes that the deaths and injuries suffered by sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Fitzgerald (DDG-62) when it collided with a cargo tanker that they "occurred in the line of duty and none were due to any member's own misconduct."
The Aug. 17, 2017, memo signed by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney highlights the Trump administration's research and development "priority areas for formulating [fiscal year] 2019 budget submissions."

August 16, 2017

In an Aug. 15, 2017, letter, House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Ranking Member Jim Cooper (D-TN) seek President Trump's support for an additional $2.5 billion in missile defense funding for fiscal year 2018 in response to threats from North Korea.
The Aug. 16, 2017, Government Accountability Office report looked at "using surplus motors from intercontinental ballistic missiles to launch commercial spacecraft" and "examined potential DOD pricing of these motors and what the effects would be of changing the law to allow use on commercial launches."
In a July 26, 2017, justification and approval document, the Defense Department states its reasons for tapping Science and Engineering Services to perform maintenance and training services for the Afghan Air Force's future fleet of UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters.
In a July 26, 2017, justification and approval document, the Defense Department states its reasons for tapping Science and Engineering Services to perform maintenance and training services for the Afghan Air Force's future fleet of UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters.

August 15, 2017

In an Aug. 9, 2017, broad agency announcement, the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office is gathering new ideas for potential funding in the areas of autonomous systems, deep learning, cyber, cross-domain kill chains and non-traditional defense technologies.
The Aug. 15, 2017, Government Accountability Office report finds that "the Air Force made progress on its oversight structure for the entire [Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications] Weapon System, but it has not yet focused on long-term NC3 needs."
In an Aug. 11, 2017, broad agency announcement, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Global Strike Command and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center seek ideas for nuclear command, control and communications "to define the art of the possible for future NC3 architectures and survivable and enduring communication systems."

August 14, 2017

On June 13, 2017, the Defense Department issued its fiscal year 2016 industrial capabilities report to Congress, which "summarizes DOD industrial capabilities-related guidance, assessments, and actions initiated during FY2016 and as they existed at the close of that year."

August 11, 2017

In a May 25, 2017, request for project proposals, the Army called "for an industry team to serve as a collaborative partner with U.S. Army [Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center] in research, design, development, refinement, build, integration and demonstration of two identical combat vehicle demonstrator [Next Generation Combat Vehicle Experimental Prototype] platforms."
On Aug. 2, 2017, Naval Sea Systems Command issued a broad agency announcement "for identification of technologies that enhance and/or accelerate military capabilities which directly address irregular, expeditionary, and Naval Special Warfare (NSW) capability challenges by meeting operational needs."
In an Aug. 11, 2017, broad agency announcement, U.S. Special Operations Command is looking for companies to develop or study platform-agnostic light-attack technologies.
On Aug. 7, 2017, the Air Force released briefing slides presented at a June 5 industry day on the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution Mission Data Processing system. Also includes a related request for information on the system released the previous April.

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