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April 03, 2019

In an April 1, 2019 letter, 103 lawmakers call on the House defense committee leadership to support the production of 102 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in the fiscal year 2020 authorization and appropriations bills.
On April 2, 2019 the Air Force released its annual report on the service's acquisition system, showing mixed results in its fiscal year 2018 efforts to improve performance.
On April 3, 2019 the House Armed Service intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee held a hearing oncountering weapons of mass destruction. Includes the prepared testimony of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Theresa Whelan and Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director Vayl Oxford.
On April 3, 2019 the Government Accountability Office submitted testimony on U.S. military space programs for a House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee hearing.
On April 3, 2019 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 missile defense budget. Includes the prepared testimony of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood, U.S. Northern Command chief Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen.
On April 3, 2019 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko testified before the House Oversight and Reform national security subcommittee on "High-Risk U.S. Reconstruction Program Areas in Afghanistan."
The April 1, 2019 Defense Department inspector general's report "determined whether the Army provided adequate oversight of the National Afghan Trucking Services 3.0 (NAT 3.0) contracts."

April 02, 2019

On April 1, 2019 the Missile Defense Agency published a request for information on "laser scaling" that could set the stage for the U.S. military to begin in earnest a follow-on to the Airborne Laser program.
On April 2, 2019 the Democrat-led House Budget Committee released a two-year spending deal that would fund defense at $733 billion in fiscal year 2020 and $749 billion in fiscal year 2021, the final years of the 2011 Budget Control Act.
On April 1, 2019 the Defense Department released a series of fact sheets on U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Dangers of a No First Use Policy Enhancing Deterrence with Supplemental Nuclear Capabilities Importance of the Nuclear Triad
On April 2, 2019 the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the Army and Air Force fiscal year 2020 budget requests.
On April 2, 2019 Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters and Army Gen. Stephen Townsend testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on their nominations to become chiefs of U.S. European and Africa commands, respectively.
On April 2, 2019 the House Appropriations energy and water development and related agencies subcommittee held a hearing on the National Nuclear Security Administration's fiscal year 2020 budget request. Includes the opening statement of subcommittee Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) as well as the prepared testimony of Navy Adm.

April 01, 2019

In a March 28, 2019 memo, Navy acquisition chief Hondo Geurts writes that the Navy is "partering with the Defense Digital Service (DDS) to staff a team of highlighy technologically skilled and driven military miltary and civilian personnel to work side-by-side with DDS experts in collaborative, startup-like spaces to rapidly develop new [Counter Unmanned Aircraft System] products to address the evolving UAS threats."
In an April 1, 2019 Federal Register notice, the Defense Department proposes "to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 that requires the preference for the use of fixed-price contracts in the determination of contract type, requires review and approval for certain cost-reimbursement contract types at specified thresholds and established time periods, and requires the use of firm fixed-price contra
The March 2019 fiscal year 2020 budget justification book covers the Defense Department's $9.19 billion request for security cooperation programs and activities.

March 29, 2019

On March 29, 2019 the Army posted the final request for proposals to open the competition for its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle to replace the Bradley.
In a March 28, 2019 letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith raises concerns about the Air Force's launch services acquisition strategy, and urges a delay to the issuance of a launch services request for proposals.
On Feb. 14, 2019 the Transportation Department's Maritime Administration issued a request for information "to identify existing ships and vessels that could replace existing vessels in the U.S. Government-owned surge sealift vessels requiring recapitalization, which meet the minimum requirements set forth in this RFI."
On March 19, 2019 the Navy's program executive office for unmanned and small combatants held an industry day on the draft request for proposals for the next-generation future frigate program.