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October 18, 2017

In an Oct. 17, 2017, letter to House and Senate lawmakers, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis opposes several provisions in their versions of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill as they head into conference committee deliberations.
The Aug. 23, 2017, briefing slides prepared by Naval Sea Systems Command outline possible updates and changes to the SeaPort-e services contracting vehicle.
The Oct. 18, 2017, Congressional Budget Office report estimates that the proposed legislation "would increase administrative costs at the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury."

October 17, 2017

On Oct. 1, 2017, the Defense Department issued its latest list of major defense acquisition programs that includes the latest acquisition category (ACAT) designations.
The Oct. 11, 2017, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- "analyzes state-to-state arms sales in the Middle East with a particular focus on U.S. transfers, as authorized and reviewed by Congress."
The Oct. 10, 2017, Congressional Research Service "Insight" paper -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program.
The Oct. 12, 2017, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- "lists hundreds of instances in which the United States has used its Armed Forces abroad in situations of military conflict or potential conflict or for other than normal peacetime purposes."
On Oct. 6, 2017, the Defense Department submitted a report to Congress that "contains a force structure plan for each military service informed by the department's assessment of probable threats to national security, as well as the end-strength levels and major military force units authorized for [fiscal year] 2012.

October 16, 2017

In an Oct. 16, 2017, presolicitation notice, the Navy announces it plans to release a request for proposals for guided-missile frigate replacement design development the following month.
In an Oct. 16, 2017, presolicitation notice, the Navy announces it plans to release a request for proposals for guided-missile frigate replacement design development the following month.
In an Oct. 11, 2017, broad agency announcement, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency "is soliciting innovative proposals in the area of global scale, multimodal geospatial data cloud platform and analytics development."

October 13, 2017

In a pair of notices released in late September 2017, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command announced it was preparing two requests for proposals for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program. Includes one notice for a baseline analysis of alternatives services effort released Sept. 27, as well as a Sept.
On Oct. 13, 2017, President Trump announced announced he would not certify the suspension of sanctions against Iran due to that country's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon and ballistic missiles capable of delivering such a munition. Includes Trump's remarks as well as a White House fact sheet on the decision.
In an Oct. 4, 2017, letter to President Trump, more than 150 House lawmakers urge Trump not to "withhold certification on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) absent credible evidence of a material breach by Iran."
On Sept. 12, 2017, acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy issued a directive outlining implementation plans for a pair of acquisition reform initiatives.

October 12, 2017

On Oct. 6, 2017, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and acting Secretary Ryan McCarthy issued a directive establishing cross-functional teams to pursue key modernization priorities, as well as a memorandum on implementation.
On Oct. 10, 2017, the Air Force issued a sources-sought notice for the Simulator Common Architecture Requirements and Standards program.
On Aug. 29, 2017, the Air Force Research Laboratory issued a statement of objectives for a capability "to develop, demonstrate and assess 1) hand-offs to and from the unmanned surrogate pilot to the manned Flight Lead, 2) pilot-directed maneuvers and formations, 3) cooperative control task allocation and path planning for the flight, and 4) the Lead pilot's performance, situation awareness and workload associated with managing the manned-unmanned flight."
On Oct. 5, 2017, the Air Force released a request for proposals for the next phase of its next-generation launch vehicle development program.
On Oct. 11, 2017, the Air Force held an industry day to discuss efforts to retrofit its more than 240 C-130J airlifters with a broad slate of upgrades to meet changing military airspace requirements and incorporate mission-specific enhancements and deficiencies corrections identified since the jet was fielded in 2016.

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