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October 29, 2020

In an Oct. 22, 2020 letter, the Defense Department responds to the inquiries of a special congressional commission in the matter of a controversial pandemic stimulus loan made to a trucking company with connections to the White House.
The Oct.29, 2020 Defense Department document "addresses how DoD will: develop superior EMS capabilities; evolve to an agile, fully integrated EMS infrastructure; pursue total force EMS readiness; secure enduring partnerships for EMS advantage; and establish effective EMS governance to support strategic and operational objectives."
In an Oct. 29, 2020 notice, the Air Force Research Laboratory announces it is sole sourcing an 18-month contract to Raytheon to experiment with the company's directed-energy weapon prototype called the Counter-Electronic High Power Microwave Extended Range Air Base Air Defense.

October 28, 2020

In an Oct. 28, 2020 Federal Register notice, the Missile Defense Agency announces the availability of a draft environmental impact statement for the Long-Range Discrimination Radar.
In an Oct. 27, 2020 proclamation, President Trump "determined that imports of aluminum from Canada will no longer threaten to impair the national security, and thus I have decided to reinstate Canada's exclusion from the tariff on these articles proclaimed in Proclamation 9704."

October 27, 2020

The Oct. 16, 2020 regulation "prescribes Army policy and responsibilities for the execution and management of acquisition and cross-servicing agreements (ACSA) transactions."

October 26, 2020

In an Oct. 9, 2020 request for information, the Pentagon announces it is seeking an educational institution to potentially conduct a "financial and pricing study."
The Oct. 26, 2020 Congressional Research Service report "provides background and analysis on a possible U.S. sale of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other advanced weaponry to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in light of select U.S. policy considerations, including Israel's Qualitative Military Edge (QME) over neighboring militaries, as well as concerns about an arms race and strategic competition with other arms suppliers."
On Aug. 5, 2020 the Defense Business Board held its quarterly meeting. Includes briefing slides and minutes.
The June 2020 Defense Business Board report find that the Pentagon's chief management office "has been and is mostly ineffective in all assigned roles and recommends that the CMO be disestablished."

October 23, 2020

In an Oct. 22, 2020 status report filed with the Federal Communications Commission, Ligado Networks says it has "begun implementing the various operational safeguards" required by the commission's April order allowing it to move forward with what the firm describes as "next-generation 5G services" in 30 megahertz of the lower mid-band spectrum.
On Oct. 22, 2020 the Navy issued a request for solutions for the Autonomous Flight Safety System (AFSS) for Hypersonic Weapon Systems. AFSS RFS  Attachment A – 3-19_FTS_Commonality Attachment B – Section 889 Prohibition and Reporting
In Oct. 19, 2020 responses, Nokia and Qualcomm offer the Defense Department a range of suggestions on spectrum management in response to a request for information on dynamic spectrum sharing.
The Oct. 22, 2020 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses the Army's proposed Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model.
The Oct. 23, 2020 Congressional Research Service "Insight" report discusses the ongoing negotiations between the United States and Russia to extend the New START Treaty.

October 22, 2020

In an Oct. 19, 2020 memo, the Defense Department inspector general announces an evaluation "to determine the extent to which the Office of Net Assessment has developed and implemented policies and procedures to conduct its assessment mission in accordance with DOD Directive 5111.11 'Director of Net Assessment.'" 
In an Oct. 19, 2020 memo, the Defense Department inspector general announces an evaluation "of Military Criminal Investigative Organization's (MCIO) Major Procurement Fraud (MPF) programs. The objective of this evaluation is to determine whether the major procurement fraud investigations comply with Department, Service, and MCIO policy."
In an Oct. 16, 2020 memo, the Defense Department inspector general terminates an audit of what DOD did to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities identified during the testing and evaluation of acquisition programs, citing the effects of COVID-19.
On Oct. 21, 2020 Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and U.K. First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Adm. Tony Radakin signed a "Statement of Intent for Future Integrated Warfighting" that will set a cooperative vision for inter-changeability between the two navies.  

October 21, 2020

On Oct. 20, 2020 the Defense Security Cooperation Agenct announced that the State Department had approved three foreign military sales to Taiwan worth over $1.8 billion. HIMARS sale SLAM-ER missiles sale MS-110 Recce Pods sale

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