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August 11, 2020

On June 16-17, 2020 the Army held a virtual industry day for its Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-4 Hardware effort.
The Aug. 11, 2020 lead inspector general report "is the 11th quarterly report on Operation Pacific Eagle–Philippines (OPE-P), the overseas contingency operation to support the Armed Forces of the Philippines' (AFP) fight against ISIS–East Asia (ISIS-EA) and other terrorist organizations. This report summarizes significant events related to this operation and describes ongoing and planned Lead IG and partner agency oversight work, and covers the period from April 1 through June 30, 2020."

August 10, 2020

The Aug. 10, 2020 Defense Department instruction "establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for the upkeep of a DOD-wide financial management regulation."
On Aug. 10, 2020 the Space Force released its first spacepower doctrine, meant to set the foundation for the new service and provide a key step toward distinguishing it as an independent entity.

August 07, 2020

The Aug. 6, 2020 Defense Department instruction "establishes policy and prescribes procedures that guide the acquisition of major capability acquisition programs, including major defense acquisition programs (MDAPs); other programs categorized as acquisition category (ACAT) I; major systems, usually categorized as ACAT II; automated information systems (AIS) (not managed by other acquisition pathways); and other capabilities developed via the major capability acquisition pathway."
The Aug. 4, 2020 Defense Department instruction "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for analyses of alternatives (AOAs) for major defense acquisition programs (MDAPs)."
The Aug. 5, 2020 Defense Department directive designates the Air Force secretary as the executive agent for the DOD Mission Partner Environment.
The May 22, 2020 Defense Department joint doctrine publication "provides fundamental principles and guidance for planning, executing, and assessing joint electromagnetic spectrum operations across the competition continuum."
On Aug. 7, 2020, the Defense Department announced its decision for the Navy "to conduct training and testing (also referred to as military readiness activities) as identified in Alternative 2, the Navy's Preferred Alternative, in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS/OEIS)." Record of Decision 2020 Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS:

August 06, 2020

The undated Defense Department document "covers expected cost incurred between March 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020."
The Aug. 6, 2020 Government Accountability Office report addresses how the Army is modernizing its portfolio of ground vehicles and its use of the middle-tier acquisition pathway to speed development. 
On Aug. 6, 2020 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the nominations of Jason Abend to be Defense Department inspector general, Bradley Hansell to be deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence and security, Lucas Polakowski to be assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs, and Louis Bremer to be assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict. Abend Prepared Testimony

August 05, 2020

On Aug. 4, 2020 Victorino Mercado, performing the duties of deputy under secretary of defense for policy and the assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities, spoke at an online Space and Missile Defense Symposium.
The July 31, 2020 Defense Department inspector general's report "provides lessons learned identified in audit reports related to the Department of Defense acquisition process."

August 04, 2020

The July 8 and July 21, 2020 Defense Deparment reprogramming memos shift $107.6 million among various Army accounts and $100 million in CARES Act funding to provide "funding for expenses to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the coronavirus." CARES Act -- COVID-19 PPE Realignment CARES Act -- Defense Production Act Transfer
On Aug. 4, 2020 the Senate Armed Services Committe held a hearing to consider the nominations of John Whitley to be director of the office of cost assessment and program evaluation, Shon Manasco to be Air Force under secretary, Michele Pearce to be Army general counsel, and Liam Hardy to be a judge on the U.s. Court Of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Whitley Prepared Testimony

August 03, 2020

The May 2020 Air Force report outlines "the joint development of the ground-based strategic deterrent weapon, including the missile developed by the Air Force and the W87–1 warhead modification program conducted by the National Nuclear Security Administration."
In a July 31, 2020 letter to the president, Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Chris Coons (D-DE) urge him to drop plans to reduce the level of U.S. troops based in South Korea.

July 31, 2020

In a July 31, 2020 letter to senior House and Senate leadership, the National Defense Industrial Association -- along with seven other industry groups -- asks Congress to extend authority in Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act beyond Sept. 30, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021.
In a July 31, 2020 statement of administration policy, the White House threatens to veto a House minibus bill that includes fiscal year 2021 defense funding over a wide range of provisions, including new restrictions on the Pentagon's reprogramming authority.

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