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August 17, 2018

The Aug. 14, 2018 Defense Department inspector general's report "determined whether the Air Force Space Command implemented an adequate supply chain risk management program for . . . the Space Based Infrared System and . . . the Air Force Satellite Control Network, the Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals, and the Global Positioning System."

August 16, 2018

On Aug. 16, 2018 the Defense Department released its annual report to Congress on China's military power.
On July 25, 2018 Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva signed the Joint Concept for Operating in the Information Environment, detailing the joint force's new approach to information warfare.
The Aug. 16, 2018 Government Accountability Office report states that the Air Force will maintain its plan to field new Combat Rescue Helicopters starting in fiscal year 2020 despite looming problems for training reserve squadrons, because changing the schedule would require renegotiating its contract with Sikorsky.
The Defense Department instruction, updated Aug. 13, 2018, "implements policies for the eligibility of passengers, cargo, and human remains for transportation on DOD aircraft."

August 15, 2018

In an Aug. 15, 2018 statement of administration policy, the White House "strongly objects" to a measure in the Senate's fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill that would add $475 million to procure a second Littoral Combat Ship, as well as host of other provisions.
In a July 18, 2018 reprogramming request sent to Capitol Hill by Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist, the Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a $648 million funding shift to accelerate a developmental Army heads-up display program championed by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' close combat lethality task force.
The Aug. 15, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that the military services' safety centers "did not collect standardized data for 10 to 17 of the 35 agreed-upon data elements for aviation mishaps that were to be provided to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), depending on the service."
The Aug. 15, 2018 Congressional Budget Office report on the effects of statutory spending caps for each fiscal year through 2021 estimates the revised spending caps for the two remaining years of the Budget Control Act would limit national defense spending to $576 billion in FY-20 and $590 billion in FY-21.
In an Aug. 6, 2018 letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, industry groups push Congress to compel the government to take steps to drastically reduce the backlog of background investigations.

August 14, 2018

In an Aug. 6, 2018 request for information, the Air Force wants to integrate an off-the-shelf, dual offensive and defensive electronic-warfare system onto C-130J derivative aircraft and other large platforms in as little as three months.
On Aug. 14, 2018 Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance Yleem Poblete gave remarks on the United States' opposition to the draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects, otherwise known as the PPWT.
The Aug. 14, 2018 Government Accountability Office report found that the National Nuclear Security Administration's estimate of the potential cost savings of a contract awarded by the Sandia National Laboratories "to be an underestimate. We estimated potential savings to be considerably more."

August 13, 2018

The Aug. 8, 2018 memo seeks to "provide policy, assign responsibilities, and issue guidance for maintaining the Navy's demilitarization (DEMIL) program."
On Aug. 13, 2018 President Trump gave remarks at Ft. Drum, NY prior to signing the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act into law.
The Aug. 8, 2018 Defense Department inspector general's report concludes that multiple squadron commanders neglected to detail how many aircraft were "mission capable," while some failed to provide "the present state of their squadron's aircraft readiness."
The August 2018 Mitre Corp. report includes a series of recommendations for how the Defense Department can fix vulnerabilities in its supply chain and convince contractors to take security as seriously as cost, schedule and performance.

August 10, 2018

The Aug. 10, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department "has not established a strategic policy for the retrograde and reset of equipment during contingency operations that incorporates key elements of leading practices for sound strategic management planning."
Compiled by Marine Corps Combat Development Command, the August 2018 report provides an overview of the ships, systems and capabilities utilized for amphibious warfare.
The Aug. 8, 2018 Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- raises concerns over the Defense Department funding the European Deterrence Initiative in the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

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