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June 21, 2018

On June 21, 2018 the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee held a hearing on military aviation mishap prevention. Includes the prepared testimony of Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Lt. Gen. Mark Nowland; Naval Air Force Atlantic commander Rear Adm. Roy Kelley; Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen.
The June 21, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps "all had staffing gaps for certain types of pilots during FYs 2013-2017."
On June 21, 2018, the White House Office of Management and Budget released President Trump's plan to reform and reorganize the federal government.
On June 21, 2018, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Kari Bingen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy Eric Chewning and Anthony Schinella from the office of the director of national intelligence jointly testified before the House Armed Services Committee on military technology transfer threats and solutions.
On June 19, 2018 the Senate released its final fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill. Also includes the June 6, 2018 Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the bill and accompanying report.
In June 2018, House Republicans released a 10-year budget blueprint -- influenced by the party's anti-deficit contingent -- that delivers mixed news for defense spending and would slash discretionary and entitlement funds.

June 20, 2018

The June 20, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that between fiscal years 2014 and 2017, the Army, which uses reset and recapitalization to extend the life of the Raytheon-built Patriot system, reset seven Patriot battalions, but only one unit received its equipment within 180 days in accordance with Army policy.
On June 20, 2018, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) and Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis requesting assurances that lawmakers will be able to conduct necessary oversight over any Defense Department sites used to house migrant children.
On June 19, 2018 several Navy leaders spoke at the American Society of Naval Engineers' annual conference.

June 19, 2018

In a June 18, 2018 memo, the Defense Department inspector general announces it is broadening the scope of an audit meant to focus on the cyber vulnerabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles to include "select commercial items."
On June 19, 2018 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Army Lt. Gen. Austin Miller to become the next head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Includes Miller's answers to advance policy questions as well as the opening statement of committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI).

June 18, 2018

On June 18, 2018 President Trump announced he was directing the Defense Department to establish an independent "space force." Includes both a White House fact sheet as well as the transcript of the event where he made the announcement.
The undated briefing slides outline U.S. Central Command's science and technology development plan for 2018.
The June 18, 2019 Government Accountability Office report find that the White House's "2015 plan and 2017 update for nuclear proliferation verification and monitoring generally did not address reporting requirements."
The April 18, 2018 memo signed by Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist "provides guidance on how to apply reductions to congressionally directed spending items in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 (Division C of Public Law 115-141), which includes a general provision (GP) that gives statutory effect to certain tabular entries in the explanatory statement accompanying the Act, as well as GPs that earmark a portion of an appropriation for a specific purpose."
The updated June 11, 2018 Defense Department memo "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures on the management of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, in the deployed setting."

June 15, 2018

On June 15, 2018 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis delivered remarks at the Naval War College graduation.
The Jan. 12, 2018 Defense Department report "provides performance-related results and progress towards strategic objectives, performance goals, and Agency Priority Goals in the DOD Agency Strategic Plan, FY 2015-2018, version 2.0."

June 14, 2018

On June 14, 2018 Naval Sea Systems Command chief Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, Naval Air Systems Command chief Vice Adm. Dean Peters and Air Force Sustainment Center and Material Command chief Lt. Gen. Lee Levy testified before the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee on "Navy and Air Force Depot Policy Issues and Infrastructure Concerns."
The June 2018 Defense Department, State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development Stabilization Assistance Review report "outlines a framework to systematically apply lessons from the past; to strategically and selectively direct our resources; to increase burden-sharing with key international partners; and to improve the efficiency and impact of our efforts."

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