On April 26, 2017, the Defense Science Board released an unclassified summary of a classified report which finds that electronic threats against military satellite communications "have rapidly escalated in the last few years and will continue to increase in the foreseeable future."
On April 25, 2017, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced plans to hold a classified proposers' day the following May 5 for the Tactical Exploitation of the Acoustic Channel (TEAC) program, which seeks to "develop and demonstrate a phased array formed from a semi-autonomous, distributed network of sources on multiple undersea platforms."
On April 26, 2017, U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris testified before the House Armed Services Committee on security challenges in the Asia Pacific. Also includes the opening statement of committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX).
The April 2017 Joint Staff paper "discusses insights and best practices related to organizing a [Joint Task Force] and determining command relationships to best accomplish the mission through coherent integration of capabilities."
In a March 21, 2017, letter to President Trump, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) asks for the president's support in funding three Littoral Combat Ships in the Navy's fiscal year 2018 budget submission. A shipyard in Walker's state builds half of the Navy's LCSs.
In a pair of April 17, 2017, terms-of-reference memos, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work calls for the Defense Business Board to study ways to restructure the Pentagon's headquarters and help defense official get a better handle on the fully burdened and life-cycle costs of the workforce.
Terms of Reference - Major Headquarters Reductions
On April 13, 2017, the Army published "ATP 3-01.81: Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Techniques." The document is intended to provide "planning considerations for defending against low, slow, small (LSS) unmanned air threats during operations," as well as "guidance on how to plan for, and incorporate, C-UAS soldier tasks into unit training events."
In an April 7, 2017, letter, acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley informs congressional leaders that the Ford-class aircraft carrier's Advanced Arresting Gear has incurred a critical cost breach after congressional authorizers made the Pentagon use a 2009 cost estimate as the program's baseline.
On April 19, 2017, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Department had "made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Iraq for equipment for two Peshmerga infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions. The estimated cost is $295.6 million."
On April 20, 2017, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Department had "made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada for sustainment support for C-17 aircraft. The estimated cost is $195 million."
The April 17, 2017, Congressional Research Service "Legal Sidebar" report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses the legality of the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base under international law.