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December 13, 2017

In a December 2017 unclassified version of a classified report issued the previous September, the NASA Engineering and Safety Center assesses the Navy's physiological episode review efforts, factors that may reduce the physiological episode rate and the performance of relevant aircraft subsystems. NESC Report Volume 1 NESC Report Volume 2
The Dec. 13, 2017, Government Accountability Office report recommends the Defense Department "require overseas installations to systematically track costs associated with climate impacts; re-administer its vulnerability assessment survey to include all relevant sites; integrate climate change adaptation into relevant standards; and include climate change adaptation in host-nation agreements."
The Dec. 11, 2017, Defense Department inspector general's report finds that the Army "did not perform effective oversight of [Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Government-Furnished Property] in Afghanistan."
The Dec. 12, 2017, Government Accountability Office report finds that the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), established in October 2016 within the Office of Personnel Management, lacks a "comprehensive plan, with goals and milestones, to address the investigation backlog."

December 12, 2017

The December 2017 document shows the Pentagon's acquisition chief has delegated decision authority on 73 of the 87 major defense acquisition programs to the military services.
In a Dec. 5, 2017, memo, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer directs the chief of naval operations not to reactivate the 10 remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates to increase the service's fleet size, and instead to use the Littoral Combat Ship and Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels to support counter-narcotics missions.
On Dec. 12, 2017, President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law.
On Dec. 11, 2017, the White House released a letter from President Trump to congressional leaders outlining military operations in support of U.S. counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and other countries around the world.
The Dec. 10, 2017, document "establishes training readiness standards necessary to enable training readiness reporting; provides new framework for the Training General Officer Steering Committee processes, Senior Leader Readiness Forum and Senior Enlisted Training and Leader Development Conference."

December 11, 2017

On Dec. 7, 2017, the Navy held an industry day for the Littoral Combat Ship program.
On Dec. 6, 2017, Air Force Global Strike Command announced plans to host a "concept and challenges" workshop Jan. 23-24, 2018, to explore near-term improvements to nuclear command, control and communications.
The Dec. 6, 2017, Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses issues for lawmakers regarding Russia's compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

December 08, 2017

On Dec. 5, 2017, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center released a request for proposals to establish a technology consortium to get equipment to the fleet faster compared to the traditional Defense Department acquisition process. Request for Consortium Agreement/Instructions to Offerors Base Other Transaction Authority Agreement
The Dec. 8, 2017, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department's "process for planning ERI has not established priorities among posture initiatives funded under ERI relative to those in its base budget, nor estimated long-term sustainment costs for some posture initiatives funded under ERI, nor communicated future costs to Congress."
The Dec. 7, 2017, Defense Department inspector general's redacted report on the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile increment one found that the program "will not provide the warfighter with the capability to launch missiles from fixed-wing aircraft; strike targets from longer distances; and increase the accuracy, lethality, and interoperability over existing air-to-ground missiles."
The Dec. 7, 2017, Navy memo outlines "the fiscal year (FY) 2018 to FY 2021 unrestricted line (URL) major command sequential, URL major command at sea, URL major command ashore, restricted line (RL) and staff corps major command, and major program manager (PM) lists."
The Nov. 30, 2017, updated Defense Department instruction "establish[es] policy, assign[s] responsibilities, and prescribe[s] procedures for support agreements."

December 07, 2017

On Dec. 7, 2017, acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy David Trachtenberg and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on counterterrorism efforts in Africa. Also includes the opening statement of committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA).
On Dec. 7, 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave remarks at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's ministerial plenary session in Vienna. --------------------- Secretary's Remarks: Remarks at OSCE Ministerial Plenary Session 12/07/2017 08:14 AM EST Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Hofburg Palace Vienna, Austria December 7, 2017