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January 09, 2020

The Dec. 17, 2019 Navy instruction "consolidate[s] Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) approved command, control, communications, and computer requirements for U.S. Navy ships, Military Sealift Command ships, U.S. Coast Guard cutters, designated craft, transportable communications facilities, portable radio users, major shore communications stations, and maritime operations centers."
On Jan. 9, 2020 the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Singapore of up to twelve (12) F-35B Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.750 billion."

January 08, 2020

On Jan. 8, 2020 Congressional Budget Office analyst Eric Labs gave a presentation to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Defense Outlook Forum.  
On Jan. 7, 2020, the Air Force announced it would hold an industry day for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program on the following Feb. 4, 2020.
In a Jan. 8, 2020 letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Professional Services Council calls for increased coordination and improved communications with industry on issues of operational risks and personnel safety for U.S. government contractors, especially those working overseas.   
The Dec. 10, 2019 joint doctrine note "describes the competition continuum; discusses some of its implications for how the joint force campaigns; and describes aspects of campaigning through cooperation, adversarial competition below armed conflict, and armed conflict."  
On Jan. 7, 2020 Defense Secretary Mark Esper held a briefing at the Pentagon on tensions with Iran.

January 07, 2020

In a Jan. 6, 2020 letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) expressed concern that cuts to shipbuilding could affect the industrial base.
On Jan. 6, 2020, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency issued a broad agency announcement for the Sea Train program, which is focused on improving medium unmanned surface vessels' ability to move in formation in rough waters.
On Jan. 7, 2020, the Government Accountability Office published a technology readiness assessment guide that includes "best practices for evaluating the readiness of technology for use in acquisition programs and projects."
The Jan. 6, 2020 Congressional Research Service report outlines the situation between the United States and Iran in the wake of the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF).  
The Jan. 2, 2020 Congressional Research Service report "provides an overview of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2500, S. 1790, P.L. 116-92) and serves as a portal to other CRS products providing additional context, detail, and analysis concerning particular aspects of that legislation."

January 06, 2020

The Naval Sea Systems Command briefing slides, released Jan. 6, 2020, "provide U.S. [Defense Department] industry contractors a general schedule for information and planning purposes for upcoming surface ship maintenance periods."
In Nov. 14, 2019 terms of reference memos, the Air Force secretary directs the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board to conduct studies on "Communications in the Future Operating Environment (CFE)," "Innovative Space Applications (ISA)" and "Understanding and Avoiding Unintended Behaviors in Autonomous Systems (UBA)."
The Jan. 6, 2020 Congressional Budget Office report "estimates that purchasing new aircraft to maintain the aviation fleet of the Navy and Marine Corps at its current size would cost about $380 billion (in 2018 dollars) from 2020 to 2050. Annual costs would range from $7 billion to $17 billion."  

January 03, 2020

The Dec. 31, 2019 Defense Department instruction "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for acquisition programs that provide capabilities to fulfill urgent operational needs and other quick-reaction capabilities that can be fielded in less than two years."
The Jan. 2, 2020 Defense Department directive "updates responsibilities, functions, relationships, and authorities of the deputy under secretary of defense (comptroller)."
On Jan. 3, 2020 the State Department posted WMEAT 2019, the 37th edition of the World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT) publication, covering the years 2007 through 2017. WMEAT 2019 Introduction and Overview WMEAT 2019 Table I Military Expenditures And Armed Forces Personnel, 2007-2017

January 02, 2020

In a Dec. 19, 2019 memo, Pentagon research and engineering chief Mike Griffin calls for a Defense Science Board study to investigate potential new dimensions of conflict that China and Russia might employ to impose their will on other states beyond conventional military force.
The Dec. 16, 2019 document describes the activities of a September 2019 U.S. Transportation Command "no-notice, large-scale readiness exercise of the 61 sealift vessels assigned to the Organic Surge Fleet."

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