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April 25, 2018

On April 25, 2018, the Government Accountability Office released its annual review of the Pentagon's big-ticket weapon system acquisition programs.
On April 25, 2018, the Government Accountability Office released its annual review of the Pentagon's big-ticket weapon system acquisition programs.
On April 25, 2018, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testified before the House Appropriations defense subcommittee on his department's fiscal year 2019 budget request. Includes both his prepared testimony as well as his opening statement.
The April 25, 2018 Government Accountability Office report recommends the F-35 program executive officer "formally share or make available, through a new or existing communications mechanism, F-35 operational lessons learned across the services."
On April 25, 2018, the House Armed Services subcommittees released their draft proposals for the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill. Readiness mark Emerging Threats mark
On April 25, 2018, the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee released its draft proposals for the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill. Readiness mark Subcommittee statement

April 24, 2018

In an April 20, 2018 terms of reference memo, Michael Griffin, the Pentagon's new weapons-technology chief, commissions a Defense Science Board project to develop by early July a portfolio of strategies to advance research and engineering work on 10 technology domains.
On April 24, 2018, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller testified before the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee on the Navy's and Marine Corps' fiscal year 2019 budget requests.
On April 24, 2018, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request. Also includes the opening statement of committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI).

April 23, 2018

On April 18, 2018, the Pentagon released a November 2017 memo laying out the Defense Department's rules for maintaining cybersecurity while transitioning to a cloud computing environment.
The April 5, 2018 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses the defense spending portion of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill.
The April 4, 2018 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses the Defense Department's fiscal year 2019 military construction spending request.

April 20, 2018

The April 16, 2018 memo from Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord provides the military services and Defense Department agencies interim authority to begin new rapid prototyping programs.
On April 19, 2018, Army Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey spoke at an Association of the United States Army breakfast on strategic challenges for his service.
The April 19, 2018 Congressional Research Service "Legal Sidebar" report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses "the legal authorities for the president to use the National Guard or the armed forces to assist in securing the southwestern border."
In an April 17, 2018 broad agency announcement, Naval Air Systems Command's program executive office for tactical aircraft programs (PEO(T)) announced it was "soliciting White Papers for emerging technologies, demonstrations, and capabilities in the following areas: (1) Readiness Improvements, (2) Speed to the Fleet, (3) Integration and Interoperability (I&I), and (4) Other technologies or capabilities." PEO(T) BAA

April 19, 2018

On April 19, 2018 President Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum approving a new Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) policy and established a new administration policy on the export of American-manufactured unmanned aerial systems. 
On April 19, 2018 the House Armed Services readiness subcommitte held a hearing on the Army's fiscal year 2019 budget request. Includes the joint prepared testimony of Army Deputy Chief of Staff (G-3/5/7) Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Army National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, Army Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, and Deputy Chief of Staff (G-4) Lt. Gen. Aundre Piggee.
On April 19, 2018 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the Navy's fiscal year 2019 budget request. Includes the prepared testimony of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.

April 18, 2018

The April 18, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Air Force's KC-46 airborne refueling tanker program, "now in its seventh year, is meeting its estimated acquisition cost. However, the program office projects that Boeing will not deliver the first 18 fully capable aircraft until May 2019 -- 21 months later than initially planned."

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